University of Waterloo & Grand River Hospital research partnership

Established formally in 2014, the University of Waterloo and Grand River Hospital (GRH) collaborative research partnership aims to:

  • Connect Waterloo researchers with GRH clinicians to undertake joint research projects and access each institution's unique strengths
  • Further health-related transformational research at Waterloo and GRH
  • Advance care with innovative research, technologies, and evidence that impacts care at GRH and the broader health system
  • Support the goals of improving patient outcomes and health care delivery processes
  • Deliver the best value for every health care dollar

Joint research agenda topics

Grand River Hospital has set a number of research priorities for the University of Waterloo and Grand River Hospital research partnership. Topics include:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic disease management
  • Aging well
  • Care of the older adult
  • Innovation in health care
  • Patient and family experience with care

To learn more, please refer to Grand River Hospital's 2019 - 2024 priorities.

Partnership at a glance (2015-2021)

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Read more about the partnership: Research, Funding, Education and Collaboration.

Looking to the future

GRH will partner with Waterloo to contribute to the success of Transformative Health Technologies initiative by engaging as:

  • Problem Providers – identifying key areas of concern within our operations that would benefit from an innovation
  • Co-Creators – by providing access to our clinical staff who can help inform on matters of the health of our population
  • Knowledge Users – providing key insight on health policies, program and practices


How to start

If you're interested in collaborative research in any of these themes, or have any questions, please contact Sarah Laferriere at GRH - 519-749-4300, ext. 2876.

Grand River Hospital KW campus

Available resources

Desk space, meeting tables, telephones, lockers, and Internet access is available to book at both the KW and Freeport GRH locations.

To obtain a calendar link and booking instructions, contact Sarah Laferriere.

Available services

Facilitated introductions between staff/clinicians and researchers, letters of support for grant applications, education lectures, onsite shared research space (University of Waterloo Research Centre), access to research coordinators for onsite study support and student internships. 

To access these services, please contact Sarah Laferriere.


For a summary of research studies, grant applications, consultations and partnerships on an annual basis, see:

2022 Year in Review

2021 Year in Review

2020 Year in Review

2019 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

2015 Year in Review