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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Welcome to Research & Innovation

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Modern and forward thinking, Ontario Tech University is a research-intensive Canadian university that advances the discovery and application of knowledge to accelerate economic growth, technological advancement, regional development, healthy communities, and social innovation. We believe it’s not only about developing the next tech breakthrough, but also about understanding and integrating the social and ethical implications of that technology in our research.

We excel in nimble, collaborative multidisciplinary research in engineering, natural sciences, computer and computational science, nuclear science, health sciences, business, informational technology, social sciences, and education. Our dynamic research portfolio comprises more than 300 members with active research programs and 11 prestigious Canada Research Chairs.

This entrepreneurial spirit, combined with an unwavering dedication to research excellence and innovation, continues to propel our research agenda, which is detailed in our current Strategic Research Plan 2020-2025 Driving the Future with Research Excellence showcasing our strengths and providing strategic direction through 2025.

Our research strengths include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
  • Automotive Engineering, Transportation and Electrification Systems
  • Community Wellness, Human Performance and Health Promotion
  • Crime, Justice and Forensics Sciences
  • Digital Technologies, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Energy, Applied Bioscience and Environmental Sustainability

Ontario Tech University has six specific strategic research priority areas that will help us to become research leaders by 2025:

  • Autonomous Vehicles and Systems
  • Canada’s Energy and Environmental Future
  • Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and New Technologies
  • Healthy Populations, Community Well-Being and Social Justice
  • Intelligent Manufacturing and Materials Innovation
  • Social Innovation, Disruptive Technologies and the New Economy

I invite you to view our Research Institutes, Centres and Groups and also our Research Infrastructure to learn more about our research entities at Ontario Tech, which include

  • ACE – Automotive Centre of Excellence
  • Borehole Thermal Energy Storage System
  • Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Centre for Small Modular Reactors
  • Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism
  • Digital Life Institute
  • Educational Informatics Laboratory (EILab)
  • Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre
  • Institute for Cyber Security and Resilient Systems
  • Internet of Things Research Laboratory
  • Joint Research Centre in AI for Health and Wellness
  • Silicon Hall (Micro-Nano Fabrication Facility)
  • STEAM-3D Maker Lab
  • The Visualization for Information Analysis lab (vialab)

Our faculty members collaborate with students in the classroom, lab and field, offering undergraduate and graduate students hands-on research experience for our undergraduate and graduate students as well as Brilliant Solutions for our industry partners. These opportunities combined with our commitment to fostering an entrepreneurial research culture helps to set us apart from other Canadian universities. Learn more at Brilliant Catalyst.

Whether you are a community member, business or industry partner looking for innovative research support or a researcher looking for resources and information, this website provides resources regarding the significant research activity taking place at Ontario Tech University. My office serves as the conduit between community or industry partners interested in pursuing research collaborations with the university. At any time please feel free to reach out to me or a member of my team.  Contact us.

We look forward to working with you! 


Les Jacobs, PhD, FRSC
Vice-President, Research and Innovation