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Research and Innovation

Message from the Interim Vice-President

Welcome to the website of the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

Ranked the number one university for research growth in Canada for the 2014 academic year by Research Infosource, Ryerson bucked the national trend of declining research growth with an increase of nearly 26 per cent. Along with the growth of our Tri-Council funding, our partnerships with industry, government, and non-profits strengthen and expand our research capacity through collaborations that allow us to apply knowledge and create solutions to real world problems across interdisciplinary research themes. Internationally, over 140 partnerships in over 40 countries around the world are providing research opportunities for faculty and learning experiences for our students.

Ryerson’s definition of scholarship is broad and encompasses basic and applied as well as traditional and creative research that makes a difference in the lives of people in Canada and beyond.

Our Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) goals are aligned with the priorities of the University’s academic plan to promote SRC excellence, foster an innovation ecosystem, expand community engagement and create exceptional experiences for our students.

Year after year, Ryerson builds on its reputation as a hub for innovation, and has long been recognized for its commitment and contributions to a thriving innovation ecosystem. Ryerson is home to the DMZ — the top university-based incubator in North America (as named by UBI Global) — which has established an innovative incubation model being replicated around the world.

We believe that our SRC activities should result in knowledge creation and dissemination that has a positive impact on society. Our researchers are creating and patenting new technologies, processes, and services that are fundamental to job growth and economic prosperity. With a long-standing mission to serve societal need, Ryerson was named Canada’s first Ashoka Changemaker Campus, recognized for its city building steeped in numerous community-based research initiatives that are addressing social goals.

Our office offers a wide range of services to faculty members and students to enhance their ability to achieve success in their scholarly and creative activities. Ryerson attracts some of the best and brightest talents who are helping to develop the next generation of big thinkers and problem solvers.

This website provides information and resources for our research partners, our faculty, the community at large, and anyone interested in SRC activities. We hope you’ll find the content both enriching and informative.


Usha George, PhD
Vice-President, Research and Innovation (Interim)
Ryerson University


Updated September 1, 2016