Engage in research collaborations

Research is an integral and intensive area at the University of Waterloo. In 2022-2023, Waterloo attracted more than $249 million from public and private sources to fund research across a spectrum of challenges. Waterloo's strength in research excellence is supported by partnerships with industry, creating opportunities that generate new knowledge and further Canada's economy. In fact, a third of the funding at Waterloo comes from corporate collaborations. 

With world class research in a magnitude of areas, Waterloo has a long history of partnering with companies. Connect with Waterloo’s corporate research partnership managers to find the research expertise to: 

  • Accelerate innovation using cutting edge labs 

  • Gain early insights about groundbreaking technology and advance operating costs (e.g., contributing to telephone services, supplies, custodial, security, water, and electricity that are directly attributable to federally funded research activity) 

  • Shape research objectives with answers from experts to pressing industry questions 

  • Recruit advanced talent from more than 5,000 graduate students 

  • Benefit from Waterloo’s flexible inventor-owned IP Policy 

  • Supplement your research budget with government funding 

  • Establish a reputation of working with Waterloo 

Quantum Nano building at University of Waterloo


Smart cities are moving towards the automation of many essential services. Quality of life for city residents relies on the safety of its buildings, roads, bridges and other infrastructures. Manual inspection of these infrastructures, besides being costly, is a tedious task that requires special skills and intense labour — especially when access to some sites, like bridges, is not easy. Due to the sheer number of bridges and inspection timelines, there is a critical backlog for inspecting bridges in Canada that requires an immediate solution.