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Success in research

Research Matters

The Research Matters campaign is a collaboration between Ontario's 21 universities to find new ways to tell stories about how research is changing lives. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) welcomes the opportunity to share the activities conducted in its leading-edge laboratories and classrooms, and how this work affects everyday life, now and in the future.

Ontarians invest in the work we do. Research Matters demonstrates the short-, medium- and long-term return on that investment. We are proud of the contributions Ontario researchers make to life here and around the world.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Knowledge Synthesis Grant final report

Dr. Hannah Scott and Dr. Igor Kotlyar received a SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant. The final report, A Review of Skillshed Analysis Practices and Outcomes, was finalized in December 2013 and will also be posted on the SSHRC website.

Fast facts

  • In 2012-2013 UOIT had 176 core faculty.
  • 2012-2013 research funding exceeded $12.3 million.
  • Funding since inception in 2003 has exceeded $66.7 million.

Research chairs

Chairholders advance the frontiers of knowledge in their fields, not only through their own work, but also by teaching and supervising students, and co-ordinating the work of other researchers. UOIT’s 11 Canada Research Chairs, one Endowed Chair, and four Industrial Research Chairs come from diverse disciplines, and each complements the university’s Strategic Research Plan.

Strategic Research Plan

UOIT’s Strategic Research Plan currently identifies the following six priority research areas:

  • Advanced manufacturing for 21st-century innovation
  • Education for the 21st century
  • Energy and the environment
  • Human health and community wellness
  • Information and communication technology and informatics
  • Life sciences and biotechnology


ACE is a partnership between UOIT, General Motors of Canada and the Government of Ontario featuring:

  • Core research facility and an integrated research and training facility.
  • Climatic wind tunnel with extreme weather capabilities.
  • Four-post shaker system.
  • Chassis dynamometer.

Research and innovation

  • In 10 years, UOIT has generated 96 invention disclosures, 48 patent applications, nine licence agreements and three startup companies.
  • Twelve patents have been issued.

Partnerships and memberships

  • UOIT has partnerships with a wide variety of companies, including General Motors of Canada, Ontario Power Generation, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Bell Canada, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Lakeridge Health, local school boards and many more.
  • UOIT is a contributing member of Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET), an association of 17 research institutions across Ontario with industry partners such as Hewlett-Packard, Nortel Networks, Silicon Graphics and more. SHARCNET is used to conduct high-performance computing research.  
  • UOIT is also active in networks such as Prionet, Canadian Rivers Institute, Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE), Durham Strategic Energy Alliance and SmartGrid.
  • Professors actively participate in federal and provincial centres of excellence including AUTO21, Advanced Foods and Materials Networks, and Ontario Centres of Excellence for Materials and Manufacturing, Energy, and Communications and Information Technology.

People and opportunities

  • UOIT has one of the highest rates of professors with PhDs among Canadian universities at 99 per cent; these professors come from 20 different countries.
  • Approximately 70 students participated in undergraduate research projects during the summer of 2015 and presented their findings at our annual Student Research Showcase.
  • UOIT has the only graduate program in Information Technology Security in Canada.
  • UOIT also has one of the only undergraduate degree programs in Nuclear Engineering in Canada.
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