# 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 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 2019-2020, Waterloo attracted more than $247 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. 21, 2021University of Waterloo postdoc and entrepreneur wins 2021 Mitacs Global Impact Entrepreneur Award University of Waterloo postdoctoral fellow and small business entrepreneur, Jason Deglint, was recently recognized with the 2021 Mitacs Global Impact Entrepreneur Award for his work tackling damages and losses in the aquaculture industry, estimated to cost$2 billion.

2. Oct. 14, 2021Tackling stormwater with recycled tires

By Mayuri Punithan

University of Waterloo researchers are using recycled tires to perfect a permeable paving product so it can be used for commercial purposes to reduce the load on stormwater systems.

3. Sep. 28, 2021CERC Laureate named AGU Fellow

A University of Waterloo professor and Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) Laureate has been elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Philippe Van Cappellen was recognized for his outstanding contributions to earth and hydrologic sciences and is among 60 people named by the AGU in the Class of 2021 Fellows. The AGU is a non-profit organization that supports 130,000 scientists and enthusiasts worldwide in earth, atmospheric, ocean, hydrologic, space, and planetary sciences.