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Graduate student research

At Ontario Tech University, student-faculty research collaborations happen on an ongoing basis. This one-on-one model is an important differentiator of the Ontario Tech University student experience.

Ontario Tech University conducts high-quality, rigorous research designed to meet the research and development needs of business and industry, and benefit society. Whether the focus is on developing hydrogen-from-nuclear or fuel-cell technologies, improving network security or understanding youth crime, we are committed to interdisciplinary research and development that addresses social, environmental, health and economic challenges.

In our first decade of operation, Ontario Tech University’s research capacity has grown from attracting $250,000 in external funding in its first year (2003-2004) to more than $10.5 million in 2011-2012.

Significant initiatives include a $28 million federal and provincial government investment in the General Motors of Canada Automotive Centre of Excellence, a $48.5 million investment in a new Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre, and a development plan to obtain more Canada Research Chairs (CRCs). Ontario Tech University now has five CRCs with another four in development. Ontario Tech University also has six industrial research chairs.

Our undergraduate and graduate students are fully engaged in research under the supervision of our professors who are global experts in their fields. Through our established strong partnerships with business and industry leaders, we provide students with real-world experience. Designed to meet the needs of employers in the surrounding area and throughout Ontario, Ontario Tech University research focuses on the following fields:

  • Applied Bioscience
  • Automotive, Materials and Manufacturing
  • Community and Social Wellness
  • Information and Communication
  • Sustainable Energy

Here at Ontario Tech University, we are building a culture of innovation by embedding research in core academic activity. For more information on research, please visit