AR Goal 3

Goal R3: Achieve greater research impact by leveraging Waterloo’s partnerships.


R3A Strengthen and increase strategic partnerships with research partners

R3B Increase private-sector partnerships to enhance competitiveness and innovation

R3C Increase partnerships with public and not-for-profit sectors for policy development

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Faculty highlights

The Centre for Eye and Vision Research (CEVR) is a partnership between Waterloo and Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The University of Waterloo, in partnership with Hong Kong Polytechnic University, has launched the world’s first international hub for vision science - the Centre for Eye and Vision Research (CEVR). Located in the heart of Hong Kong’s Science and Technology Park, CEVR will bring together leading researchers from around the world to promote eye health and develop new technologies to prevent vision loss and preserve sight among ageing populations. Translating research into commercialization is a key focus of CEVR, as it aims to develop startups to commercialize research while simultaneously creating a sustainable long-term business model for the Centre itself. CEVR will focus on five key areas of impact in vision science research: myopia and eye growth, ocular drug discovery and delivery, vision enhancement, tear film, and ocular surface, and advanced optometric technology.

Promoting Freedom in Black expressive culture in Ontario

Prof. Naila Keleta-Mae has received an award from the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence (ORF-RE) for her research that aims to increase employment and professional advancement for those who are engaged in the field of Black studies. The project includes partnerships with the public sector, other universities, and the private sector. This funding will support her in developing outcomes such as the creation and promotion of artistic works, public programming events, podcasts, blogs, and theatre training for Black artists. Read more about Black expressive culture.  

Delivering medications by drones

The School of Pharmacy, Region of Waterloo, and AirMatrix have partnered to create a program for drone delivery of medication in an effort to decrease in-person visits to pharmacies and in turn, limit the risk of Covid-19 infection. It also reduces the time and money spent on deliveries, and allows health-care workers to spend more time on patient care.

Caivan Communities Post-doctoral Fellowship

The University of Waterloo has been Canada’s most innovative University for almost 30 consecutive years and is renowned for its cutting-edge programming and research. As a result, we attract high-profile partners that provide private sector support for research. Now, the Caivan Communities “Future Cities” Post-Doctoral Fellowship is being offered to scholars with international experience at Waterloo for a two-year term. Scholars will collaborate with Caivan Communities and the University to address the complex problems future cities face and will also act as mentors to students, bringing their unique international experiences and perspectives to the table to find innovative solutions. Find out more about the Future Cities research cluster here. 

Waterloo research collaboration recognized with $2.8 million Alliance grant from NSERC

Nuclear power is considered a clean alternative to other energy sources that produce greenhouse gases, but used nuclear fuel must be stored for long-term safekeeping in underground sites until radioactive levels become that as naturally occurring uranium ore. Waterloo researchers will collaborate with others from the University of Toronto and McMaster University, along with industry partner the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, to analyze the microbial communities that will inhabit the storage container and the surrounding rock and water to ensure used fuel cells remain undisturbed.

Waterloo, federal government and Magna International team up to ensure the safety of autonomous vehicles

$1.6-million project headed by Waterloo Engineering researchers aims to produce complex automotive software for connected and automated vehicles. 

Researchers in the Faculty of Engineering are collaborating with the federal government and Magna International to help ensure the safety and security of autonomous vehicles. The $1.6-million project involves the development of theories, methods, and tools to produce complex automotive software for connected and automated vehicles. The funding from Magna and Natural Sciences Engineering Research Council has also resulted in the hiring of a new electrical and computer engineering professor for this initiative. Learn more about this project here.

University of Waterloo to focus on effect of space travel on the brain

The Canadian Space Agency awarded a grant to the University of Waterloo to support a study on how blood vessels in the brain soften pulses from the heart and whether the exercises that astronauts do aboard the space station protect their brains.

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