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. 17, 2017Young people with chronic illness more likely to attempt suicide

    Young people between the ages of 15 and 30 living with a chronic illness are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their healthy peers, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

    The study found that chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes and Crohn’s disease increase a young person’s odds of suicidal thoughts by 28 per cent and plans to die by suicide by 134 per cent. Having a chronic condition increases the odds of a suicide attempt by 363 per cent.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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  1. Sep. 5, 2017Data instead of concrete? Exploring the potential of digitalization in urban drainage

    As part of our WaterTalk lecture series professor Max Maurer, head of the Urban Water Management Department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology  (Eawag), presents, "Data instead of concrete? Exploring the potential of digitalization in urban drainage." 

  2. 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. 

  3. 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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