Applied Research

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Applied Research

Fast Facts

  • Expertise in 1,450 areas of research specialization in priority sectors ranging from natural resources and energy, environment, health, information and communications technology, manufacturing, and social innovation
  • 763 specialized research centres and labs
  • 6,040 partnerships with companies and community organizations
  • 2,585 faculty and staff engaged in applied research
  • 31,346 students engaged in applied research projects of which 10,101 received support to pursue an entrepreneurial idea

Canada’s colleges and institutes play a lead role in strengthening regional capacity to innovate by undertaking applied research that leverages their strong connections to industry and communities.   Colleges and institutes provide talent, access to state of the art equipment and facilities that generate economic and social gain.


Colleges and institutes collaborate with partners in all sectors, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises to refine or adapt products, services, technology and processes.  Students gain relevant practical experience through interactions with industry and community partners, preparing them for meaningful careers.  The influx of new ideas impacts program curricula thus enhancing program content and learning experience of students.