Key strengths

One of Canada’s top five research universities we help drive, build and and shape the future through research, teaching and innovation. It is what we do and who we are.

Improving our lives and our world
We tackle challenges big and small. Our researchers ask and explore questions that push boundaries. Their findings advance and improve our knowledge, our lives and our world. We are home to leading experts in many fields, whose work is supported by our advanced research facilities and resourcessome of the Canada's, even the world's, best and most advanced. While our technology transfer and entrepreneurship programs help transfer many innovations technologies out of the university and into society, so everyone benefits. Here are just a few examples: 

It is the experts and innovators who drive such breakthroughs that teach our students and students. And it is in this environment that our students and postdoctoral fellows experience, learn in, and work in. See more highlights of our research driven innovation.

Key strengths
We have strengths across established and emerging fields, including: health and life sciences, social sciences, agriculture, business and law, engineering, natural sciences, arts and the humanities. Because many of today’s most pressing challenges--e.g., energy, water, climate change, cancer, Alzheimer's--are so complex, they require expertise and collaboration across diverse fields. While our research spans multiple fields, we have have key strength in areas such as artificial intelligence, transplantation, food safety & security, energy, climate change, biotech and clean tech, precision health, smart technology and the Internet of Things (e.g., autonomous cars). Buttons to your right provide highlights of these strengths, while many more examples can be found on individual faculty websites.

Expertise recognized and sought by many
We attract over $500 million research funding annually, from federal and provincial government, industry, foundations, public donors and others. Our expertise and collaboration is sought by many, including: IBM, Google Brain, RBC, Servus Credit Union, 3M, Mercedes, Ford, GE, De Beers, HP, CISCO, Honda, Mitsubishi Electric, Deep Mind, Amazon, Twitter, Merck, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, PCL, TELUS, BASF, HP, Microsoft Research, Zubex Robotics and NASA. We have key and long standing partnership with Alberta Health Services and have six hospital partners. Our global partners include Germany, the US, India, Mexico and China.