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Research and Innovation

Research at Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier University is an exceptional community for research and learning at every level. From our roots in Kitchener-Waterloo as a small Lutheran seminary that opened its doors in 1911, we have evolved into a comprehensive, multi-campus, multi-community university with an expanding research profile.

Today, Laurier offers big opportunities to deeply engage in research with a community of passionate and leading-edge researchers.

Research at Laurier is built on commitment to the Canadian and international communities we serve. No matter the field of study, our research connects interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activity with communities to address the most pressing local and global challenges.

Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund

The federal government has established the Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund to help sustain research at Canadian universities and health-research institutions that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Laurier faculty members are invited to apply for reimbursement for direct costs of research that are extraordinary and incremental to those already covered by existing sources of funds, and have been incurred between March 15 and Nov. 15, 2020.

Apply by Nov. 25, 2020.

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Future-Ready Researchers

These eight students won Mitacs Research Training Awards and are sharing the fascinating results of their research.

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“It's that lovely interplay between research and teaching that ignites the passions in students. Teaching students what is the cutting edge of thinking in any discipline, you are making them future ready.”

Jonathan Newman, Vice-President: Research


Research for Thriving Communities

The 2018/19 Office of Research Services Annual Report has a special focus on research carried out with partners ranging from grassroots community groups to major international organizations. These stories are examples of how community-engaged research can result in concrete, positive change.

externally funded projects
increase in provincial/territorial funding over 2017/18
research centres and institutes