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. Jan. 20, 2020Gravitational wave echoes may confirm Stephen Hawking’s hypothesis of quantum black holes
    Black hole

    Echoes in gravitational wave signals suggest that the event horizon of a black hole may be more complicated than scientists currently think.

    Research from the University of Waterloo reports the first tentative detection of these echoes, caused by a microscopic quantum “fuzz” that surrounds newly formed black holes.

  2. Jan. 16, 2020Reflecting sunlight away from earth could fight climate change and poverty
    Stormy skies on a horizon

    As the world's experts race to find ways to combat climate change, new findings reveal that an experimental process to redirect the sun's energy could mitigate both climate change and global income inequality.

  3. Jan. 9, 2020Study finds deforestation is changing animal communication
    Howler monkey

    Deforestation is changing the way monkeys communicate in their natural habitat, according to a new study.

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  1. Jan. 29, 2020Research ethics drop-in sessions
    Hands typing on a computer

    Research Ethics will be offering drop-in sessions throughout January, February, March and April to answer questions related to the ethics process, including submitting, renewing, and amending an application. Come prepared with your questions and a laptop.

    These sessions are for faculty and students and will take place in the Dana Porter Library (study booth on the main floor) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday, beginning January 8 and ending April 29, 2020.

  2. Feb. 3, 2020Research Talks - Designing smart and climate savvy cities
    Research Talks

    A public event and panel discussion examining smart infrastructure and sustainability featuring:

    Kathy Bardswick (Canadian Institute for Climate Choices): Planning and financing smart and sustainable cities

  3. Feb. 5, 2020Research ethics drop-in sessions
    Hands typing on a computer

    Research Ethics will be offering drop-in sessions throughout February, March and April to answer questions related to the ethics process, including submitting, renewing, and amending an application. Come prepared with your questions and a laptop.

    These sessions are for faculty and students and will take place in the Dana Porter Library (study booth on the main floor) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday until April 29, 2020.

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