Global Partnerships


India is an emerging powerhouse in the global economy, and in higher education and in knowledge-based industries. They are particularly interested in energy to meet the country’s growing energy demand, and therefore interested in UAlberta’s significant expertise and capacity in energy research and innovation. We also work with India in other areas such as water, health and student/researcher exchange. Our partners include academic, industry and government organizations.

Improving community health and sustainability via research and innovation with focus on energy, water, health and infrastructure

India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) brings together researchers, industry innovators, community leaders, government agencies and community organizations across India and Canada to develop solutions to pressing issues faced by communities in Canada and India.

The collaboration, established by UAlberta, UBC and UToronto with various Indian organizations, is supported by the government of both countries.

IC-IMPACTS will develop and implement solutions in community contexts and train the next generation of researchers and innovators. To date there are 38 projects, 16 technology deployments, 22 patents and licenses, 584 scientific publications, 250 multi-sector partners. UAlberta leads IC-IMPACT research projects on water . A few select U of A projects under IC-IMPACTS:

  • Quantum dot solar panels to treat water in remote and off-grid settings. An innovative, low-cost method of building large area quantum dot solar cells that have potential to integrate with water treatment systems in remote areas and off-grid communities.
  • Point of care diagnostic system: diagnose malaria and drug resistance genotyping: Will further refine Accutas System (U of A research driven innovation licensed to Aquila Diagnostics) Accutas can test for malaria, a parasitic infection that is deadly if left undiagnosed. Team will expand testing to identify different forms of malaria and identify infections resistant to certain drugs. The technology requires no lab and results are available in about an hour. The simplicity and low cost of the technology make it ideal for the diagnosis of infectious diseases in low-resource field settings
  • Evaluating railway infrastructure integrity in India and Canada: Using structural health monitoring techniques to evaluate current condition and anticipated lifespan of railway bridges
  • and tracks in Canada and India, Researchers are making strong advances towards developing tailored damage detection methods.


In fall 2016, the U of A was the first international university to sign a visiting PhD student agreement with the Indian Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a major research organization in India. SERB will sponsor visiting PhD students to come to the U of A, facilitating connections with India’s top institutions and students.

Summer research internships are available to undergraduates from select Indian institutions via the U of A Research Experience (UARE) internship program. Current internship partners also include IIT-Bombay and IIT-Kharagpur. To date, the U of A has hosted over 230 Indian students internships, including via Mitacs Globalink and IC-IMPACTS.

With the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program, the U of A received $1 million from the Canadian government to expand research and study abroad opportunities with Commonwealth countries such as India. Through 2015-18, this project will partially fund up to 68 outgoing and incoming interns and scholars.