Research impact

#1 startup creator in Canada

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:

Now Innovating Series

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

Research Impact Stories

UCalgary researchers bring Academics Without Borders to Ghana

Sociology-led project helps Ghanaian university institutionalize research ethics in the social sciences

Katrina Milaney named new associate vice-president (research)

Researcher’s unconventional path to academia will bring unique community experience to the role

UCalgary satellite celebrates 10 years in orbit

CASSIOPE satellite — originally planned for an 18-month mission — shows its grit and resilience

Notes from the field: Alberta’s changing alpine lakes

Students spend summer researching conditions at famous remote lakes near UCalgary’s Barrier Lake Field Station

Indigenous youth from across Canada descend on Barrier Lake Field Station in July

Outland Youth Employment Program provides land-based work experience, training and education, this year for double the number of students

UCalgary is Canada’s No. 1 research startup creator for 3rd year running

2022 rankings from Association of University Technology Managers put us on top again

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