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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Questions & Answers

Ontario Universities Blog

Ontario’s universities recognize that they need to work together with government, municipalities, and the public and private sector to make progress in cutting emissions and harnessing the power of new, clean technologies.
Working together for a cleaner, sustainable future December 7, 2017

Ontario’s universities recognize that they need to work together with government, municipalities, and the public and private sector to make progress in cutting emissions and harnessing the power of new, clean technologies.

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Each year, the Government of Ontario awards a prize of $20,000 to five young researchers who are carrying out exceptional work in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology/Medicine, Literature and Economic Science. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Polanyi Prizes, which were established by the provincial government in honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
John Charles Polanyi Prizes Turn 30 December 4, 2017

Each year, the Government of Ontario awards a prize of $20,000 to five young researchers who are carrying out exceptional work in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology/Medicine, Literature and Economic Science. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Polanyi Prizes, which were established by the provincial government in honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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On November 17, university leaders and experts came together at a Council of Ontario Universities forum, the Experiential Learning Best Practices Exchange, to discuss the importance of experiential learning.
Experiential Learning: Connecting the Classroom to Future Careers November 23, 2017

On November 17, university leaders and experts came together at a Council of Ontario Universities forum, the Experiential Learning Best Practices Exchange, to discuss the importance of experiential learning.

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The College Student Alliance, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, Colleges Ontario and the Council of Ontario Universities have come together to develop an action plan on post-secondary student mental health.
Ontario’s students, colleges and universities call for action on student mental health November 2, 2017

The College Student Alliance, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, Colleges Ontario and the Council of Ontario Universities have come together to develop an action plan on post-secondary student mental health.

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News Releases

Ontario’s universities launch commitments to Partner for a Better Future for Ontario in new report November 28, 2017

Ontario’s universities laid out today their role as active and willing partners in securing a more vibrant and prosperous future for students, communities and the province, in a new report called Partnering for a Better Future for Ontario.

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Excellence in Ontario university research honoured as the Polanyi Prizes turn 30 November 15, 2017

The Polanyi Prizes celebrate today three decades of recognizing ground-breaking Ontario university research, with the announcement of the five 2017 winners of the prestigious prize honouring Ontario’s Nobel winner, John Polanyi.

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Ontario students and post-secondary institutions make immediate call for new, integrated mental health strategy November 2, 2017

Ontario’s students, colleges and universities are calling on the province to take immediate action on the growing problem of student mental health with an integrated strategy that begins in kindergarten and continues through high school, post-secondary life and adulthood.

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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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