# Ideas start here

Ideas start at the University of Waterloo, and the Office of Research helps convert ideas into opportunity.

The Office of Research is the university's central point connecting scientists on campus or associated with Waterloo to opportunities for funding and a variety of services, including commercialization. Office of Research staff support researchers through the many phases of research including ethics review and managing funds.

Research is an integral and intensive area at Waterloo. In 2015-16, faculty, staff, and students attracted more than $182 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. 1. Oct. 19, 2016Waterloo to lead national initiative to manage hazardous waste from mining The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded$5.5 million to the University of Waterloo to lead a national team of experts in developing sustainable strategies for dealing with hazardous mine wastes.

2. Oct. 13, 2016Waterloo-led experiment achieves the strongest coupling between light and matter

Researchers at Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) recorded an interaction between light and matter 10 times larger than previously seen. The strength of the interaction between photons and a qubit was so large that it opens the door to a realm of physics and applications unattainable until now.

3. Sept. 20, 2016Waterloo professor receives $3 million for battery research A Waterloo professor has received$3 million in funding to further his work into greener, cheaper more energy-efficient silicon-based batteries.