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Another amazing year of research growth at Ontario Tech University

Polonsky Commons at Ontario Tech University's north Oshawa location.
Polonsky Commons at Ontario Tech University's north Oshawa location.

As Ontario Tech University approaches the beginning of just its 20th academic year, the impact of the university’s research imprint on knowledge creation and regional economic development continues on a powerful upward trajectory.

Ontario Tech established a strong foundation for impactful research during formative years, along with a track record that included hundreds of industry and community partnerships. In recent years, the university’s research growth has been rapid: in fact, over the three-year period from 2018 to 2021, Ontario Tech’s research income has doubled in size, to more than $23 million annually.

There’s further evidence of Ontario Tech’s impressive research growth this Spring after Canada’s research funding Tri-agencies announced a further $4.3 million in new grants for nearly 30 new multidisciplinary projects being led by the university’s experts (*see project list below). The support for research exploring solutions to pressing societal problems comes from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC),  Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), and the  Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).  

Ontario Tech experts advancing discovery and applications of knowledge

Beyond Ontario Tech’s compelling and distinct array of market-driven undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, the university has emerged as a vital research hub and cluster of expertise anchoring the eastern flank of the Greater Toronto Area. Ontario Tech’s academic roster includes 11 Canada Research Chairs, and its research infrastructure boasts more than 80 specialized labs and super-modern facilities.

Hundreds of top academics from across Canada and around the world call Ontario Tech home, and collectively they make a huge contribution to new knowledge, all while helping drive new regional economic growth and development. These subject matter experts are equally committed to delivering the best teaching and learning to Ontario Tech’s more than 10,000 students and the 25,000-plus alumni now making an impact in the workplace.

Selected Ontario Tech University research highlights from the past year
*Recent Ontario Tech research projects attracting new federal research funding (by funding category; collectively valued at more than $4.3 million)
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“Discovery is the foundation of all advancements. Through this major investment in some of Canada's most promising and innovative researchers we are supporting scientists and students to become global leaders in their field. By helping to expand the frontiers of science, we are investing in a better society and a brighter future for Canadians.”
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“Canadian universities and institutions are at the forefront of taking us to the next levels of innovation and play a critical role in fostering discovery, curiosity and exceptional researchers. This $506 million investment in support of researchers across the country will support programs such as the NSERC Discovery research program here at the University of Ottawa. New discovery research leads to modern and diverse innovation, and today’s announcement will support Canada’s world-class researchers in their remarkable work.”
The Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board

“At NSERC, we dedicate significant resources to our Discovery research programs precisely because we cannot predict where successes will occur. We foster excellence by providing thousands of exceptional researchers at various stages in their careers with the stable foundation needed to lead thriving research programs and create unparalleled training opportunities for the next generation of scientists and engineers.”
Alejandro Adem, President, NSERC

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Bryan Oliver
Communications and Marketing
Ontario Tech University
289.928.3653 (mobile)