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

Through groundbreaking research and innovative new projects, and by growing advocacy and forging partnerships, Ontario’s universities continue to demonstrate their commitment to bettering the world we live in.
Ontario Universities Strengthen Commitment to Going Green November 29, 2016

Through groundbreaking research and innovative new projects, and by growing advocacy and forging partnerships, Ontario’s universities continue to demonstrate their commitment to bettering the world we live in.

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Ontario universities are excited to spark a conversation about the future. Over the coming year, all 21 Ontario universities will be in their communities asking for your insights.
Futuring with COU President David Lindsay September 30, 2016

Ontario universities are excited to spark a conversation about the future. Over the coming year, all 21 Ontario universities will be in their communities asking for your insights.

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As convocation season comes to a close and undergraduates decide whether to launch into the work world, or to continue their studies, Jordan Wilcox, a PhD graduate of the University of Guelph, tells us how he has benefited from his choice to go to graduate school.
How I made It: A Successful Guelph PhD Grad Shares His Story July 6, 2016

As convocation season comes to a close and undergraduates decide whether to launch into the work world, or to continue their studies, Jordan Wilcox, a PhD graduate of the University of Guelph, tells us how he has benefited from his choice to go to graduate school.

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Ontario universities are calling on all Ontarians to support Aboriginal achievement in postsecondary education by engaging in conversations throughout the year about the role Aboriginal peoples are playing in taking Ontario’s future further - economically, socially, and culturally.
Aboriginal Students Taking Their Future Further June 29, 2016

Ontario universities are calling on all Ontarians to support Aboriginal achievement in postsecondary education by engaging in conversations throughout the year about the role Aboriginal peoples are playing in taking Ontario’s future further - economically, socially, and culturally.

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News Releases

Brock first Canadian university to have Experiential Education definitions adopted by its Senate January 20, 2017

The path from academic study and experiential education to graduation and starting a career is more clearly defined, now that Brock has become Canada’s first university to have its Senate adopt a set of definitions for the experiential education that students receive.

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Brock team discovers insect in Ontario that can transmit devastating livestock disease January 12, 2017

Brock University researchers have confirmed that an insect able to transmit the devastating bluetongue virus has made its way to southern Ontario.

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Western study finds culturally relevant mentorship improves Indigenous students’ mental health, academic success December 14, 2016

A new study of Indigenous students in southwestern Ontario public schools shows those who received mentorship from a member of their community had better cultural connectedness, improved mental health and higher school credit accumulation than peers who were not mentored.

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94% of Ontario university grads have secured well-paying jobs two years after graduation: government survey December 14, 2016

University-educated graduates are using the advanced skills they learn at university to secure good, well-paying jobs soon after graduation, with 87 per cent employed within six months of graduation, and almost 94 per cent within two years.

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