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About research

Many of today's modern conveniences and advances, as well as a true understanding of the world we live in, began with research.

Research is an integral and intensive area at the University of Waterloo and recognized worldwide. Waterloo attracted more than $182 million from public and private sources in 2015-2016 to fund research across a spectrum of challenges, and is home to:


The University of Waterloo has been the most innovative university in Canada every year for the past quarter-century, according to the Maclean’s magazine. The annual rankings for 2017 also named Waterloo second in the Best Overall category and third in Highest Quality and Leaders of Tomorrow. For the ninth year in a row, the University of Waterloo has been named Research University of the Year among Canadian comprehensive universities, by Research Infosource Inc.

Waterloo's continued commitment to research excellence includes supporting faculty members with research at various stages including the application, managing funds, research ethics, and commercialization.

Office of Research

East Campus 5, third floor

519-888-4567, ext. 32526

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