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 those 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 2018-2019, Waterloo attracted more than $258 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. Apr. 29, 2020Two Waterloo scientists elected as Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society

    Two University of Waterloo scientists are among more than 60 exceptional scientists named Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society, the United Kingdom’s national academy of sciences.

    Physicist Donna Strickland and Chemist Linda Nazar were both elected for their outstanding contributions to their field and scientific understanding.

  2. Apr. 21, 2020X-ray technology developed by Waterloo startup profiled
    Karim Karim and a grad student examine their technology

    A product developed by a University of Waterloo startup that could help during the COVID-19 crisis has been profiled in the local and U.S. media.

    Karim S. Karim, chief technology officer, and Amol Karnick, chief executive officer, at KA Imaging, outline how the Reveal mobile dual energy X-ray detector works in interviews with:

  3. Mar. 31, 2020Have you disclosed your IP?
    A digital brain

    The Electronic IP Disclosure Form is available for researchers to disclose Intellectual Property (IP) and should be completed by April 30, 2020, a date that has been extended from the original deadline of March 31.

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  1. June 11, 2020Rebooting with Research: Tackling real-world problems
    Image with wording that says The Post-COVID-19 reboot

    This webinar is the first of three highlighting the University of Waterloo research centres and institutes, which take an interdisciplinary approach to addressing significant research themes. This webinar focuses on the economics of public health and health policy, the environment, clean water, and COVID-19 transmission in waste water.

  2. June 18, 2020Rebooting with Research: Viral detection and mitigation

    This research-focused webinar looks at recently developed biotechnology to address COVID-19 and other health challenges. This includes vaccine development, improving screening with artificial intelligence (AI) as applied to imaging, using nanoscience to build better biosensors and imagers, and the world-wide COVID-19 collaborations in which the University is participating.

    Moderator: Sushanta Mitra, Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN); Professor, Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering

    Expert panelists include:

  3. June 25, 2020Rebooting with Research: Our virtual future

    This research-focused webinar considers what our virtual future may look like.  We will need to improve productivity with better design and automation, make telecommuting more effective and apply to more job roles, learn new ways of managing a dispersed workforce, all while ensuring we remain connected to and engaged with colleagues, employers, families, and friends.

    Moderator: Neil Randall, Executive Director, The Games Institute; Chair, Council for Responsible Innovation and Technology

    Expert panelists include:

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