Changing the world begins with a passion for discovery, broad research intensity and focus on frontier disciplines

Research with global impact

The University of Waterloo has earned its reputation as a world-leading research institution in a wide-range of fields and disciplines, at all levels of study. Built to answer the challenges of a rapidly advancing society, Waterloo is a place where ideas are tested and proven.

World-changing research is an integral part of learning and connects Waterloo to all corners of the globe. This important work has a direct impact on the way we live, work, play and learn.  

Prosperity and scarcity

There are more people on the move today than at any other time since the Second World War. Millions are being forced from their homes by natural, economic or political disruption. While millions search for their next home, others look for their next job, with nations searching for ways to create employment for all.

Next-generation computing

The explosion of data has transformed our lives and our economy. As innovators find new ways to use big data to improve our lives, others are in a race to protect sensitive data in a future where quantum devices, information and technologies bring both promise and risk.

Human-machine interaction

The line between human and machine is increasingly blurred. We are relying on machines to do everything from drive our cars to diagnose illness. Artificial intelligence decides who get parole, while nano-sized robots deliver medicine inside our bodies.  Who decides what the robots decide?

Climate resilience and natural wonders

As temperatures rise and greenhouse gas emissions climb, many wonder if change will come fast enough.  Some researchers are giving us a deeper understanding of our universe, while others are working to shift our consciousness or create cleaner energy in a race against time.

Healthy aging

The world's older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate.  This global transformation will affect every sector, with health care seeing the most profound shifts.  There will be seven times as many elderly people by 2100. How will they live? Can they live well and who will care for them?

The Office of Research

The Office of Research is the central point that connects scientists on campus or associated with Waterloo with opportunities for funding and a variety of services such as commercialization and assistance in developing and promoting their research.

Research is an integral and intensive area at Waterloo, which is home to more than 35 senate approved centres and institutes and 62 Canada Research Chairs. In 2011/2012, our faculty, staff, and students attracted $192.6-million from public and private sources to fund research across a spectrum of challenges.

Research at Waterloo