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Province investing in Ontario-made Research and Innovation at the University of Waterloo

Accelerating Ontario’s economic growth through world-class research

WATERLOO REGION – The Ontario government is supporting Ontario-made innovation at the University of Waterloo with an investment of $1,120,000 in 8 research projects through the Early Researcher Awards and $738,083 in a research project through the Ontario Research Fund.

The funding will support researchers in making discoveries that advance knowledge, drive progress and create jobs for the people of Ontario.

“Cultivating research excellence and innovation are more important than ever as Ontario continues to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 and lays the groundwork for robust long-term economic growth,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “These critical investments will ensure our world-class researchers have the resources they need to put Ontario at the forefront of innovation, supporting the development of homegrown ideas and products, and creating jobs in local communities.”

The funding will cover the costs of research operations and support researchers in attracting and retaining research talent.

“Waterloo Region is proudly home of some of North America’s most cutting edge researchers and innovators,” said Mike Harris, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga. “I am extremely pleased that the Minister for Colleges and Universities, under the leadership of our Premier, is prioritizing the development of ground-breaking discoveries and attracting global talent right here at the University of Waterloo.”

“Research and innovation are important drivers of Ontario’s economic growth, and through these investments, our government is ensuring that our research activities continue to be competitive and attract the best and brightest talent to the province,” said Brian Riddell, Member of Provincial Parliament for Cambridge. “By supporting ground-breaking research at the University of Waterloo, we can advance new discoveries and innovation, help foster a skilled labour force and promote new business opportunities in Waterloo Region.

“I am very pleased to see Our Government is investing locally in innovative and ground-breaking research right here at the University of Waterloo,” said Jess Dixon, the Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener-South Hespeler. “The funding grants for these research projects will not only support the operating costs of research but also attract academic talent while providing post-secondary students with world-class learning opportunities.”

The government is investing over $500 million over the next ten years to support additional high‐value research undertaken across Ontario’s universities, colleges, research institutes and research hospitals.


  • Research projects were selected through a rigorous and competitive peer review process.
  • Early Researcher Awards provide funding to new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions to build a research team.