With annual funding topping $513 million, 107 Canada Research Chairs, and more than 100 research centres and institutes, the University of Alberta is one of the most research intensive universities in Canada. 

Many of our researchers use these excellent resources to seek sustainability solutions—they are focused on areas like energy, the environment, food and bioresources, society, health and wellness, and science and technology. 

The university has partnerships with associations and universities around the world.

Sustainability Research Programs

Campus as a Living Lab

Campus as a Living Lab provides on-campus research opportunities to students. Learn more about this innovative program and how to get involved.

Sustainability Scholars

Sustainability Scholars sponsors graduate students working on applied research projects with the City of Edmonton or other institutions. Learn more about the exciting opportunities this program offers and how to get involved.

Centres and Institutes

Learn about the centres and institutes on campus that are doing sustainability-related work.

Resources for Researchers

Research Services Office

The Research Services Office helps researchers find funding, potential partners and administrative support. The office also runs its own grant programs that support energy and the environment. 

The Undergraduate Research Initiative

The Undergraduate Research Initiative helps the university’s undergraduate students get involved in research activities. The university’s professional community offers many opportunities for students to conduct research related to campus sustainability. 

The Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative

The Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative is an independent international research partnership between Germany’s Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (HA) and the University of Alberta. HA and the university work together to solve key challenges in areas like energy, the environment, ecosystems, resource informatics and health.