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Self-discovery starts at UCalgary. Focus your potential through innovative learning experiences, bold discoveries and lifelong connections. Find your starting line. 

Number 1 startup creator

We're Canada's No. 1 startup creator, 3 years in a row!

UCalgary’s commitment to research and innovation is essential for advancing knowledge and creating solutions to real-world problems. By supporting both new and experienced entrepreneurs, our innovation ecosystem is helping to bridge the gap between academia and industry.

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At the University of Calgary, we don’t wait for change. We make change. A new solution for a problem, a new creative composition, a new look for a downtown block or a new technology to transform the marketplace – we’re here to help Calgary’s economy, grow, prosper, and diversify in the years ahead. UCalgary is where people come to Start something.

President Ed McCauley

Dr. Ed McCauley, PhD

President and Vice-Chancellor

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Say hello to Canada's youngest top research university

Named one of Canada’s top research universities by Re$earch Infosource, UCalgary does research that changes the world. We’re the #1 startup creator among Canadian research institutions for three years running, and with $545.3 million in sponsored research revenue in 2022-23, we are generating real-world impact for Canadians.

Bold ideas begin here. 

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Building a better tomorrow, together



After losing him to suicide, friends and family of Michael McClay rallied around an ambitious project to honour him and help others. The Mental Health Initiative for Stress and Trauma (MIST) brings together leading-edge brain science and stress research to better understand, treat and destigmatize mental health issues.

UCalgary Mental Health Research

Advancing mental health research innovations

Groundbreaking mental health research taking place right here in Calgary. UCalgary is bringing stress and brain trauma researchers together to improve mental health outcomes.


UCeed – Trexo Robotics

A nephew’s cerebral palsy diagnosis opened Manmeet Maggu’s eyes to some of the limitations faced by children with disabilities. To help them be active — and thus reduce negative health outcomes — Manmeet and Rahul Udasi founded Trexo Robotics and created a wearable robotic device to help kids with walking impairments.

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Water Researcher at UCalgary

World Water Day | How can we prepare for future droughts?

Dr. Tricia Stadnyk, P.Eng, Professor in the Schulich School of Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Hydrologic Modelling, shares how researchers measure Alberta’s drought conditions, and what impact a Stage 4 drought could have on our daily lives. 

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UN Water Hub

UCalgary celebrates launch of world’s 1st United Nations University Hub

Passion, enthusiasm and ‘commitment to getting things done’ draws UN think tank to partner with UCalgary water researchers.

World Water Day

World Water Day event

Friday, March 22, 2024 from 12–1 p.m. Join us for a UNU Hub panel discussion on building resilience to environmental change, moderated by Katherine Reece and featuring: Dr. Myrle Ballard, Dr. Cathy Ryan and Dr. Kelly Munkittrick.

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Sustainability of high-mountain water sources focus of new UNESCO Chair

UCalgary named host institution for international program to benefit communities reliant on ‘water towers of the Earth’

Start something in Quantum Science

Our Quantum Science innovations are catalyzing the high-tech economy

We're educating and training the tech employees of tomorrow in quantum computing and artificial intelligence, helping to fuel Canada's economic future. 

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From researchers and graduate students to donors and community partners, UCalgary is a hub connecting passionate visionaries. We're reaching out across silos and disciplines with a shared purpose – to ignite life-changing global impact.

Our transformative research is rooted in entrepreneurial thinking.

Our programs are grounded in hands-on learning. 

Momentum is building. 

All we need is you. 

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UCalgary receives $1M to start agricultural literacy program

UCalgary’s Simpson Centre received $1M from BMO to launch the Agricultural Literacy for Healthier People and Planet program. Over five years, the center and 13 partner universities will promote food habits, educate the public, and survey consumers.

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Innovation at UCalgary

Innovation Ecosystem Directory

Have an idea? Have a proof of concept?

Ready to grow? Need funding?

Looking for programs and events? In need of mentorship?

The UCalgary Innovation Ecosystem Directory allows users to easily navigate the various groups that help advance innovation. Learn about which service providers, funding bodies, events, spaces, and competitions can help advance your innovative ideas and solutions.

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Create something.

Become a changemaker by building your entrepreneurial skills while you study with Launchpad.

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Explore the limits of human potential in North America's top ranked sport science school.

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Save lives. Change lives. UCalgary clinical research results in a new blood test for breast cancer.

Entrepreneurial thinking

The University of Calgary is ambitious and driven to do more, achieve more. Through Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies, UCalgary is enabling small businesses to raise money, expand operations and create jobs. Through UCeed, UCalgary is connecting donors and researchers on projects improving child health and sparking social change. Through medical discoveries, we're advancing new treatment options to save lives. 

By embracing innovation, a can-do attitude and a need to act boldly, UCalgary is making a bright future possible. 

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Innovative research

Our researchers are problem-solvers. We go from wonders and concepts to creating plans and taking action. We're ready to partner to make the potential possible. Take our work in neurodevelopment and brain research. By collaborating across disciplines and campuses, our researchers inspired a landmark donation to create the Azrieli Accelerator – a revolutionary and holistic approach to investigating brain development. Children and adults worldwide can now benefit from discoveries made right here in Calgary. By embracing curiosity as the spark, catalyzing the quest for knowledge, and partnering with government, community leaders, non-profits and the private sector, UCalgary drives the pace of innovation. 

Community partnerships

How can UCalgary and you serve the community that we care about, together? It's a question with solutions that are constantly evolving. The future of UCalgary and our city is connected, and is at the heart of why we continually work to build meaningful relationships that support our community and economy. Through partnering with businesses, social groups and governments we are adding value – and you can too.  

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Future focused

UCalgary nurtures your innate ability to draw on your own strength, imagination and creativity. Experience an environment designed to let you learn how you learn best. Connect with research opportunities or entrepreneurial courses, regardless of your major. Build your resume with internships, volunteer opportunities and study abroad programs. Tap into city-wide partnerships and community-based learning programs. With a student experience rich with opportunities to grow your skills, no wonder 93.5 per cent of UCalgary grads get jobs. Get ready to transform your future. 


Number one in Collaboration Growth

Collaboration Growth

in Cross-Sector Publications (2001-2020)

Number two in Research Intensity

Research Intensity

by Grad Student Funding

Number three in International Collaboration

International Collaboration

in Publications Growth (2001-2020)

UCalgary is a world-class destination for the best and brightest scholars who are driven to start impactful research in an empowering, dynamic environment.

Dr. William Ghali Vice-President (Research) at UCalgary

Dr. William Ghali, MD

Vice-President (Research)