Research Partnerships

Canadian Mountain Network

The Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) is a voluntary alliance of partners from universities, governments, Indigenous communities, and businesses dedicated to the sustainability of mountain environments and communities across the country and around the world. The Canadian Mountain Network and its administrative centre are hosted at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Science.

Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative

Mountain studies matter. The Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative promotes, coordinates and conducts research across many disciplines on mountain places, people and practices, advancing both theoretical and experiential learning on campus and in mountain environments.

The Centre for Drug Research and Development

The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) works in partnership with academia, industry, government and foundations, to provide the specialized expertise and infrastructure to identify and de-risk promising discoveries generated by health-related research, and transform them into commercially viable investment opportunities for the private sector - and ultimately into innovative new therapies for patients.


GlycoNet is a national research network harnessing the power of glycomics to deliver solutions to important health issues and improve the quality of life for Canadians. GlycoNet includes more than 114 researchers at 28 institutions across Canada.

Green Centre Canada

Working in industry and academia to advance novel green chemistry research and technologies, the Green Centre Canada transforms chemistry breakthroughs into products and services that will enhance quality of life and preserve the environment for future generations.

Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative

The Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative (HAI) is an independent international research partnership that amalgamates the scientific and technical expertise of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres in Germany and the University of Alberta in Canada to jointly develop solutions to key challenges in fields such as energy and the environment, ecosystem and resource informatics and health.

IBM Alberta Centre for Advanced Studies

The IBM Alberta Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) was formed in 2005 in collaboration with the Government of Alberta, Advanced Education and Technology and the University of Alberta to engage in projects of mutual interest to the province and IBM.