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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 $205 million from public and private sources in 2016-2017 to fund research across a spectrum of challenges, and is home to:


The University of Waterloo has been the most innovative university in Canada for 26 years, according to Maclean’s magazine. The annual rankings also named Waterloo second for Best Overall, Highest Quality, and Leaders of Tomorrow. For the 10th 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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