Meet AFRED 2019-11-23T20:18:24+00:00

Discover. Connect. Collaborate.

Intensifying research in Atlantic Canada

The Atlantic Facilities and Research Equipment Database (AFRED) is an open-access, web-based software, designed to connect equipment owners with potential users.

Designed for simplicity

AFRED was designed with users in mind – no complicated extras. Just the information you need.


Find exactly what you’re searching for. Simply enter the equipment name, facility, organization or keyword to get started!

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Think submitting your facilities and equipment to AFRED is time-consuming? Check out the video below to find out just how easy it is!

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Cross-Sector Applications

AFRED connects universities, departments, government and industry across multiple scientific disciplines.


Save money and cut down on grant writing time by connecting with other researchers with available resources.


Invest in opportunities and partnerships that support and grow the regional economy.

Post-Secondary Administration

Make informed decisions with a snapshot of what’s available in the region.

Partnership Specialists

Easily find resources and collaborators your industry partners or institution are looking for.

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The partnership I formed through AFRED gave me interesting and challenging tasks to work on and was an improvement to my career.

–Randal Power, Lead of the Innovative Product Development Centre for the Office of Applied Research, College of the North Atlantic

I used AFRED to do product research on equipment I needed to purchase for my lab. With the resulting information I was able to make the best decision by picking the right piece of equipment.

–Professor Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Department of Biology, Mount Saint Vincent University

We use AFRED to promote collaboration between our researchers and other departments on campus.  It is an added bonus that other universities in Atlantic Canada can see our listings.

— Tyler Gallant, Lead Experimental Engineer, Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering, University of Prince Edward Island

I’ve been able to utilize an instrument in another province that I wouldn’t have known about if not for AFRED.

— Keith Brunt, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Dalhousie University

The information is very well organized and easy to find what you need.

–Zuzana Istvankova, Research Administration Officer, Cape Breton University

In addition to advertising the availability of the instrument, AFRED enabled me to consolidate the technical information in one convenient location.

–Christian Lacroix, Department of Biology, University of Prince Edward Island

The biggest benefit is knowing what’s outside your field; Planetary Sciences is not somewhere I would have reached out to as a medical person but they had equipment I needed.

–Keith Brunt, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Dalhousie University

I’ve received a few inquiries that led to graduate students in different departments/faculties using my scanning electron microscope to characterize their products.

–Christian Lacroix, Department of Biology, University of Prince Edward Island

Partners and Supporters

Accellerate knowledge and innovation

Research and innovation are often isolated, expensive, time-consuming activities, requiring specialized skills. Using pre-existing research infrastructure saves researchers and innovators time and money and provides access to the expertise of the owners of that equipment.

AFRED encompasses infrastructure from colleges, universities, private industry, health research institutions, non-profit organizations, and government. Through this expanded asset base, AFRED supports economic development by helping researchers and businesses find needed research equipment and related expertise to help you become more innovative and productive.


Customized Solutions

Outside of Atlantic Canada? Part of an insitution or organization with a lot of resources? We can help! Contact us today to talk about custom portal options.

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A project of Science Atlantic

Science Atlantic is a federally incorporated and registered charitable association for scientists, faculty, and students in Atlantic Canada.

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