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 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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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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News Releases

McMaster answers global call to promote health of people, places, planet March 14, 2017

McMaster has joined the world’s health-promoting universities and colleges in signing the Okanagan Charter, dedicated to advancing human and societal health and wellbeing.

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Amazon backs Waterloo student program to advance operational AI March 7, 2017

Engineering students at the University of Waterloo will apply classroom lessons in artificial intelligence (AI) to help develop new uses for a voice-activated virtual assistant system in a program funded by Amazon.

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Researchers find new way to kill world’s worst superbugs March 6, 2017

McMaster researchers have found a new way to treat the world’s worst infectious diseases, the superbugs that are resistant to all known antibiotics.

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York University Announces New President and Vice-Chancellor March 1, 2017

“Rhonda Lenton is a proven leader and will chart a successful course for York University’s next five years,” said Mr. Waugh.

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