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

Ontario Research Chair Andrew Emili is working to create maps of healthy protein interactions so that he can spot faulty ones. These faulty protein maps can then be used as biomarkers, signals that indicate disease and reveal how advanced it is.
Disease maps that point to possible cures: University of Toronto prof peers into inner workings of human cells April 17, 2017

Ontario Research Chair Andrew Emili is working to create maps of healthy protein interactions so that he can spot faulty ones. These faulty protein maps can then be used as biomarkers, signals that indicate disease and reveal how advanced it is.

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This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our partners, Ontario’s colleges, as we work together to strengthen higher education for the benefit our students.
50 Ways Universities and Colleges are Partnering for Student Success April 3, 2017

This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our partners, Ontario’s colleges, as we work together to strengthen higher education for the benefit our students.

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Jatin Nathwani is the Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy, funded by an endowment from the government of Ontario, and he has a hugely ambitious goal: bring affordable, low carbon energy to those who lack it.
Energy as an enabler: University of Waterloo expert brings affordable, green energy to those who need it most March 30, 2017

Jatin Nathwani is the Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy, funded by an endowment from the government of Ontario, and he has a hugely ambitious goal: bring affordable, low carbon energy to those who lack it.

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Ontario Research Chair Bill Anderson wants to level your playing field by answering a deceptively simple question: “How can we make the border work better?” With a newly installed U.S. president skeptical of the benefits of international trade, the question is more timely than ever.
Building better borders: University of Windsor prof aims to make international trade efficient March 15, 2017

Ontario Research Chair Bill Anderson wants to level your playing field by answering a deceptively simple question: “How can we make the border work better?” With a newly installed U.S. president skeptical of the benefits of international trade, the question is more timely than ever.

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News Releases

Demand for Ontario’s universities up as postsecondary education recognized as key to brighter future April 27, 2017

The number of high school students applying to Ontario’s universities is up 1.8 per cent over last year in spite of an overall decline in secondary school graduates, which demonstrates that postsecondary education is recognized as key to a brighter economic future for graduates, and for the province.

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Ontario’s universities welcome partnerships with government, industry to help Ontario thrive in disruptive global economy April 19, 2017

Ontario university students trying to land their first job and employers scouting for the talent they need to compete in the rapidly changing economy will each benefit from the new Career Kick-Start Strategy announced today by the provincial government.

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Laurentian and Cambrian collaborate to boost research and innovation in Northern Ontario April 17, 2017

Laurentian University and Cambrian College have formalized an agreement that facilitates the creation of collaborative partnerships and enables faculty, students, and staff at both institutions to pursue large-scale research projects –sharing professional expertise, facilities, equipment, and administrative services in order to boost innovation, productivity, and results.

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Statement from David Lindsay: Ontario’s Universities Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Colleges, our Partners in Postsecondary Education April 3, 2017

Ontario’s universities congratulate Ontario's colleges on their 50th anniversary, and welcome continued partnership between our institutions into the future.

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