Research

University researchers are making breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer and many other diseases; creating industries we could not have conceived of a decade ago; and dreaming up a new generation of consumer products. Their work is literally transforming lives.

The breadth of innovative research being conducted at Ontario universities is having an impact around the world. Seven Ontario universities are among the Top 15 Canadian research universities, and 18 are among the Top 50 in Canada.

University research is vital to Ontario’s economic recovery and ability to compete on the world stage.

Research Matters is a COU-led initiative devoted to showcasing Ontario research and to giving the public a sense of ownership and pride in this research, while Ontario Research Chairs boost Ontario’s capacity to address key public policy issues that impact society and the economy.

Read more about the many ways Ontario’s universities are improving the way we live, work and play by checking out the categories below.

Research

Knowledge Creation & Innovation

Universities are at the forefront of creating knowledge and they apply it in new, innovative ways. Innovation is an important aspect of research, and it also fuels prosperity, informs public policy and contributes to the culture that enriches our world.

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Ontario Research Chairs

Ontario Research Chairs are prestigious Ontario university research professorships, created to drive provincial research and develop excellence, to create world-class centres of research and to enhance Ontario's competitiveness in Canada's knowledge-based economy.

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Research Matters

Research Matters is a collaborative project among Ontario’s 21 publicly-funded universities that has been created to build bridges between university researchers and the broader public.

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Resources

Questions & Answers

Ontario Universities Blog

The City of Oshawa’s Teaching City is the latest - and one of the most ambitious initiatives - to leverage knowledge transfer between partners and PSE for the benefit of a community in Ontario.
When PSE and communities work together for a better future, everyone benefits September 26, 2017

The City of Oshawa’s Teaching City is the latest - and one of the most ambitious initiatives - to leverage knowledge transfer between partners and PSE for the benefit of a community in Ontario.

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The Council of Ontario Universities released the results of a new economic impact report that highlights how Ontario’s universities serve as powerful economic engines, fueling prosperity not just for the province but for the communities they serve.
New Report Highlights Ontario Universities’ Economic Impact, but Their Footprint in Communities Goes Much Farther July 18, 2017

The Council of Ontario Universities released the results of a new economic impact report that highlights how Ontario’s universities serve as powerful economic engines, fueling prosperity not just for the province but for the communities they serve.

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Universities across Ontario are opening their doors to their communities this summer as host to a variety of summer camps and youth mentorship programs.
Ontario Universities Open Their Doors for Summer Camps in STEAM July 12, 2017

Universities across Ontario are opening their doors to their communities this summer as host to a variety of summer camps and youth mentorship programs.

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Planning an accessible event? Wondering how to make a science lab accessible to people with disabilities? You can find answers to these questions and much more on AccessibleCampus.ca, a web resource for Ontario university communities, which has been redesigned and relaunched in celebration of National Access Awareness Week.
Universities at forefront of a more accessible future for Ontario learners May 31, 2017

Planning an accessible event? Wondering how to make a science lab accessible to people with disabilities? You can find answers to these questions and much more on AccessibleCampus.ca, a web resource for Ontario university communities, which has been redesigned and relaunched in celebration of National Access Awareness Week.

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News Releases

Ontario’s universities welcome new investment in STEM graduates to boost talent pipeline October 18, 2017

Universities are pleased to partner with the Ontario government to increase the number of postsecondary students graduating in STEM by 25 per cent over the next five years, as Ontario positions itself as the single largest producer of postsecondary graduates in science, technology, engineering and math per capita in North America.

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More than 130,000 students and parents to descend on the Ontario Universities’ Fair this weekend September 18, 2017

High school students looking to take the next step to university can get all the answers at the Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) this weekend, when the province’s 21 institutions will put on display a dazzling array of programs, extracurricular activities, residence options and experiential learning opportunities.

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Top Scholars Helping Improve Lives for People with Autism June 14, 2017

As autism spectrum disorders (ASD) continue to rise, Ontario’s universities are committed to educating and training the highly skilled researchers who are essential in finding new ways to treat the disorder and provide support to our communities in building a better future for Ontario.

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