Driving the future
via knowledge, discovery and innovation

One of Canada's top five research universities, we are a research and innovation hub that is helping create tomorrow today.

Driving the future
via knowledge, discovery + innovation

One of Canada's top 5 research universities, we are a research and innovation hub that is helping create tomorrow today.

Experts + innovators

We are home to leading experts in many fields including health, artificial intelligence, energy, agriculture, AgTech, quantum, nanotech, clean tech, the environment, natural resources, our past, climate change, FinTech, and smart technology to name a few. By asking why, our researchers push the boundaries of knowledge and create discoveries and innovations that improve our lives, change our world and help shape the future today. 


Top 5

Research Universities in Canada


Canada Research Chairs

Amazing Opportunties 

Here, our undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows get to be part of world changing research and innovation. 

Advanced facilities

We are home to some of Canada's, and the world's, best and most advanced research facilities, equipment and resources. These, along with our strategic networks and partner hospitals, facilitate research across the entire spectrum; from discovery to innovation, to technology development and evidence-based policy recommendations.

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Lab in nanoFAB


A national open-access training, service, and collaboration centre supporting micro/nano fabrication and characterization facility for academic and industry R&D. Canada's largest such academic based nanotech centre by active user-base and available tools.

Metabolomics Innovation Centre 

Canada’s largest metabolomic research centre and only national metabolomics platform—providing metabolomic studies for diverse application (e.g., precision medicine, clinical trial research, agriculture/food research and environmental testing.


Lab in Alberta Cell Therapy Manufacturing

Alberta Cell Therapy Manufacturing

A multi-use GMP cell therapy manufacturing and training facility, helping bring innovative cell-based therapies to patients. The only such facility in Western Canada and one of only a few in Canada, the facility contains 6 Grade B cloakroom suites with Grade A biological safety cabinets for aseptic processing.

Key Research Strengths

Our research and innovation spans many fields including health and life sciences, social sciences, energy, business, computer science, agriculture, AI, humanities and engineering. Our expertise and strength attracts over $500 million annually from various research funders and partners including federal and provincial government, industry, foundations and other organizations.

$500 +


Annual Research Funding 2019

A few of our research strengths:

Exploring AI in our lives

AI experts explain why artificial intelligence is so promising, and how it could change our lives.  

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Increasing innovation commercialization 

imYEG program will help researchers and students overcome early stage Commercilization barriers.

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Public Transit testing germ-killing innovation

Startup company's antimicrobial door-push plates now being piloted in transit ETS stations.

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Innovation & Commercialization

Research creates the knowledge required to innovate and create new solutions. Transferring those solutions out of the university via commercialization is just one way our research helps shape the future, improve quality of life, drive the economy and economic diversity, and serve the public who help fund that research. 

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Spinoffs created


US Patents issued




Reports of Invention


Active spinoffs

April 2020 - April 2021

Entrepreneurship @UAlberta

Entrepreneurship @UAlberta provides the education, support and mentorship that helps our students become entrepreneurial thinkers.

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Spinoffs and Startups

A university spinoff is a new company created to commercialize and develop an idea and/or innovation developed at the University of Alberta.

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VP Research and Innovation

Walter Dixon, Interim Vice President

Walter Dixon, Interim Vice-President

The Office of Vice-President (Research and Innovation) supports UAlberta's large and complex research and innovation enterprise. Led by Interim Vice-President Walter Dixon, the portfolio works within the university, and with external partners and stakeholders, to provide leadership, support and services to the university's research community, in all stages of research and innovation, across five campuses and in conjunction with our partner hospitals, sponsors and partners. The portfolio also plays a key role in fostering, developing and supporting major research initiatives and partnerships.

Office of VP Research and Innovation