Proposed Signature Areas

In November 2017, the university launched the signature areas development process. In total, 57 proposals were submitted, reflecting a wide range of research activity across multiple faculties at the U of A. The following proposals are available for viewing by members of the University of Alberta community. Please be sure that you are logged into your Google account to access the files.

Notes to consider:

  • Some proposal writers have opted not to share their proposals online and we have respected their requests.
  • The individuals and teams putting together these proposals were asked to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the activity across multiple faculties in their proposed area. You may find that your name and work is included as part of their environmental scans of research activity at the U of A. Inclusion on a list is not being considered an indication of your support or future participation.
  • If you feel that your work is relevant to one or more areas listed, please contact to indicate your interest.


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Bariatric Care

Biomedical Engineering Research and Development, and Education

Building Digital Futures

Building Sustainable Northern Communities

Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta

Central and East European Studies

Clinical Health Research

Cryopreservation Research

Democratizing Knowledge for Informed Public Decision-Making

Design Practices and Design Studies

Diabetes Research

Discovery Extraction and Stewardship of Earth's Resources

Ecosystems and Society

eHealth Innovations

Energy and Environmental Futures

Energy Systems

Entrepreneurship @ UAlberta

Environmental Stewardship for Sustainable Energy

Facing North

Food 4 Life: Secure, Safe, Sustainable, and Sustaining

Glycomics and Human Health

Healthy Aging 2.0

Indigeneity Place and Power

Indigenous Language Sustainability

Indigenous Peoples and Place

Infection and Immunity

Innovation and Diversification through Omics

Innovation in Teaching and Learning Experiences

Integrative Health

Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Practice: Health System Redesign

Lipid Science and Technology

Metabolics Technology-Enabled Research

Mountain Studies

Networked Nanosensor Systems

Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute

Plasma Science, Fusion, and Applications

Precision Health Signature Initiative

Prevention and Early Intervention to Improve Women's and Children's Health

Professional and Organizational Ethics

Quality Improvement in Elder Care

Quantum Nano-Science and Technology

Research at the Intersections of Gender

Research Centre for Automation and Advanced Manufacturing

Socio-Ecological Sustainability and Governance

Sound Studies

Space Science Technology and Remote Sensing

Stewardship of the Biosphere

Stories of Change

The Future of the Past


Transforming Urban and Rural Water Services

Transplantation and Donation

University of Alberta Centre for Bladder and Pelvic Health

Virology and Immunology