The U15 Group of the Canadian Research Universities is a collective of some of the country’s most research-intensive universities. The U15 members drive research excellence and are vital members of the international research community.
Each U15 university advances its research and educational mandate. By coming under the U15 Directorate, each member institution is supported, keeping in mind all members' collective interests. As a group, U15 fosters the development and delivery of sustainable, long-term higher education and research policy in Canada and globally.
All U15 universities are home to world-class researchers using the latest state-of-the-art research infrastructure to make groundbreaking discoveries. U15 group members undertake critical, crucial fundamental research, work with partners from the public, private and government sectors, train citizens, entrepreneurs and leaders to mobilise knowledge and then capitalise on it to strengthen the foundations of Canada’s innovation ecosystem.
Together, the U15 Group of Universities:
The U15 Group enables a robust research environment wherein universities are better able to continue to drive their groundbreaking research initiatives. With a strong foundation for research funding, universities continue to conduct research and innovation on matters of interest to the local, national and international communities.
When universities conduct research, much-needed discoveries come to the forefront to change the course of life for people worldwide. This becomes the most fundamental reason why research funding is of paramount importance to Canadian universities.
One of Canada’s top five research-intensive universities, the University of Alberta has a stellar reputation for excellence in translational and discovery research across diverse impact areas. From pioneering medical breakthroughs, including developing diagnostic tests for diseases, to leading-edge research in energy and environmental sustainability, the university's faculty and researchers consistently push the boundaries of knowledge.
A global centre for research, teaching and learning, the University of British Columbia consistently ranks among the top 20 public universities worldwide and was recently recognised as the most internationally acclaimed university in North America. UBC's cutting-edge facilities and collaborative culture attract world-class faculty and researchers who lead groundbreaking studies and foster innovation.
A global intellectual hub, the University of Calgary takes its academic and research plans ahead to drive innovation by connecting the mutual values of student experience and impact. With state-of-the-art facilities, strong industry partnerships, and a supportive ecosystem, the university continues to be a catalyst for innovation.
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university. It is recognised for its outstanding quality of innovation and research, making a regional, national and global impact. Faculty members and researchers at Dalhousie are at the forefront of cutting-edge research in ocean sciences, health sciences, sustainability, and social sciences.
Université Laval is Canada’s 7th leading research university. Driven by excellence in innovation, the University has impeccable technological platforms and scientific expertise in various areas. Laval is committed to pushing the boundaries of knowledge and addressing pressing societal challenges through its cutting-edge research endeavours.
Recognised as Manitoba’s premier university, the University of Manitoba has a tradition of excellence in scholarly work, creative abilities and research. It is well known for conducting world-class research, enhancing the community and shaping leadership. From advancing agricultural technologies and developing sustainable solutions to addressing health disparities and promoting social justice, the university's research efforts profoundly impact local and global communities.
McGill University researchers are known for their scientific and technological breakthroughs. They came up with the world’s first blood test for cancer and the foremost internet search engine, among other important innovations. With a vibrant research ecosystem and a culture of collaboration, McGill attracts top-tier faculty members and researchers who excel in their respective disciplines.
McMaster University is the country’s most impactful and research-intensive university, consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. McMaster’s researchers have achieved extraordinary success in outcomes that have a far-reaching impact on our planet's prosperity, health and future. The university fosters a culture of inquiry and collaboration, attracting world-class faculty and researchers who are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of knowledge.
Université de Montréal is a leading research university and one of the best-known French-language universities in the world. It is home to 465 research units that are highly active in every field of knowledge. It is Canada’s only university to offer a full range of disciplines in life sciences. Through cutting-edge research initiatives, the University of Montreal contributes to advancements in medical treatments, develops innovative technologies, and explores complex societal issues.
The University of Ottawa is world-renowned as the largest bilingual university (English-French). Researchers are world leaders in vascular and cardiovascular health, photonics, and brain and mental health and the uuiversity continues to lead the way in generating transformative solutions and shaping a better future for society.
Queen’s University has a long history of innovation and discovery. Researchers at Queen’s have helped shape knowledge on some of the world’s most pressing questions in various fields. Queen's University contributes to societal progress and addresses pressing global challenges through state-of-the-art research facilities.
The University of Saskatchewan has led far-sighted research and innovation for more than a century. Researchers have been instrumental in developing the cobalt-60 cancer therapy technology and more than 400 commercial crop varieties, among other critical, groundbreaking innovations. Researchers are actively engaged in pioneering work such as developing sustainable agricultural practices, advancing clean energy technologies, and addressing health disparities in underserved communities.
The University of Toronto is Canada’s most innovative university and is a leading institution of discovery, learning and knowledge creation. The University has 1000+ research labs and state-of-the-art equipment with advanced computing.
The University of Waterloo is home to transformational research and inspired learning through a cooperative education program and entrepreneurial ecosystem. With state-of-the-art research facilities, strategic partnerships with industry, and a supportive ecosystem, the University of Waterloo plays a significant role in driving technological advancements and economic growth.
Western University excels at moving research out of the labs to people’s lives through extensive collaboration on networks allowing researchers to impact policy-making on a global scale. Western University's researchers actively engage in transformative work, contributing to breakthroughs in medicine and technological advancements.
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