Research impact

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UCalgary is the top startup creator among research institutions in Canada, for the 3rd year in a row. 

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UCalgary is the No. 1 startup creator among research institutions in Canada for the 3rd year running. We're transforming more than half a billion dollars in research revenue – $545.3 million in 2022-23 – into real-world impact for Canadians.

UCalgary is making an impact in your community.

UCalgary ranks among Canada’s top research universities - and in 2021 we reached the top 5 in Re$earch Infosource Inc.’s Top 50 Research Universities.

Our institution is transforming more than half a billion dollars in research revenue – $545.3 million in 2022-23 – into real-world impact for Canadians.

Our purpose as a university is to contribute to the body of world knowledge while engaging our students in learning guided by processes of discovery, creativity, and innovation. Our research promotes cultural understanding and social justice, improves quality of life, and helps to secure a prosperous and sustainable future.

We're committed to sharing new knowledge and discoveries generously, and our scholars are working to address society's challenges proactively and making a positive impact in the world around us. 

Learn about UCalgary's impact:

“We define ‘impact’ as making a difference in the communities we serve. By supporting engaged scholarship from inception to impact, we can make research meaningful to society and to community."

Dr. William Ghali

Vice-President (Research)

Now Innovating Series

Sharing the stories of UCalgary researchers who have moved their discoveries forward and their innovation journeys to implementation and creating impact.

Research Impact Stories

Professor receives funding from Canadian Foundation for Legal Research

Professor Shaun Fluker received a grant to study how courts exercise their discretion to grant public interest standing.

Class, today your instructor will be a Labrador retriever named Prof. Birdie

Innovative Pet Professor program at UCalgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine gives students a chance to practise their skills with pets belonging to the school’s students, faculty and staff

Witnessing tomorrow’s leading ventures today at Liftoff!

The Liftoff! pitch competition showcases the top ventures from the Launchpad program

QAI Ventures launches global quantum technology accelerator and Canadian office in Calgary

QAI Ventures Accelerator powered by Quantum City will be a milestone in advancing quantum technology startups on a global scale

Study finds Netflix misses the mark by trivializing teenagers’ pain

UCalgary-led research discovers movies and TV series aimed at adolescents reinforce gender and racialized pain stereotypes

Simpson Centre at UCalgary launches program to increase adoption of digital technologies in Alberta agriculture

Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation announces $1.2M grant, leveraging tech advances in robotics, AI and smart devices


What do we mean by impact?

Dr. William Ghali, Vice-President (Research) shares UCalgary’s commitment to research impact and the importance of engaging with the community for research. Watch the video to learn more. 

Our research impact evolution

UCalgary is building capacity around knowledge engagement and shifting our approach to assessing impact - ensuring that our research and innovation makes meaningful contributions to society. 

Declaration on Research Assessment

UCalgary signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) in January 2021, joining more than 2,000 organizations around the world in support of improving assessment of scholarly research by re-thinking their approach to evaluating research and reducing reliance on journal-based metrics.

Learn about DORA

Impact Assessment Toolkit

The newly developed Knowledge Engagement Impact Assessment Toolkit unites data and storytelling to assist researchers in evaluating and reporting on the impacts of their knowledge engagement work. The toolkit captures a variety of priorities and is open to diverse ways of knowing and doing while balancing qualitative and quantitative considerations,

Get the Toolkit

Research Impact Canada

Research Impact Canada (RIC) is a pan-Canadian network of 20 member universities committed to maximizing the impact of academic research for the public good in local and global communities. RIC supports creation and assessment of research impact and scholarship through a network of information and capacity building. 

Meet RIC