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 2016-17, faculty, staff, and students attracted more than $205 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. Aug. 15, 2017Waterloo researchers awarded funds for infrastructure

    Ten researchers at the University of Waterloo will receive $792,614 for infrastructure to support research.

    The funds are awarded through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and will provide researchers with the foundational research infrastructure necessary to lead in their field. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, made the funding announcement in Sudbury today.

  2. Aug. 14, 2017Emotionally supportive virtual assistant could help people with Alzheimer’s disease

    Computer scientists at the University of Waterloo are creating a prototype of a virtual assistant to help people living with Alzheimer’s disease. It will prompt them to complete day-to-day tasks by taking the person’s personality and current state of mind into consideration.

    Known as ACT@Home, the emotionally intelligent assistant is a research project to develop a home-based technology that combines artificial intelligence with social psychological models.

  3. Aug. 10, 2017Salmon farmers adapt to climate change with help from university collaboration

    With sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic Ocean already climbing, scientists are predicting Atlantic Canada’s $400 million salmon aquaculture industry could be wiped out within the next 25 years.

    But a $4.4M collaboration between biologists at University of Waterloo, Memorial University and the Universities of Guelph and Prince Edward Island could be the key to helping the industry adapt with a superior salmon stock that can survive in higher water temperatures.

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  1. Sep. 11, 2017The Water Institute RBC Distinguished Lecture 2017 Quentin Grafton

    The 2017 Water Institute RBC distinguished lecturer, Quentin Grafton, will present Innovation, Incentives and Infrastructure in the Blue Economy as part of  Elsevier's fourth International Water Research Conference, hosted by the Water Institute. 

  2. Sep. 15, 2017WaterTalk: Emerging Outcomes From a Cross-Disciplinary Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems

    The Water Institute begins its 2017-2018 WaterTalks lecture series with Günter Blöschl, head of the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management and professor of Hydrology and Water Resources at Vienna University of Technology, who is presenting "Emerging outcomes from a cross-disciplinary doctoral programme on water resource systems."

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