Research & Innovation

Local Advantage. Regional Leadership. Global Impact.

Leading research focused on complex global issues.

Dalhousie University is a vibrant hub with regional, national and global impact, recognized for the outstanding quality of its research and innovation, and a drive for discovery that results in more than $200 million in research funding each year.

As Atlantic Canada's primary research-intensive university and a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Universities, our world-leading researchers are driven by five Signature Research Clusters that inform their research.

Researcher profile

Dr. Saurabh Chitnis receives the 2023 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for exploring the unexplored elements in the periodic table.


Signature research clusters

Our research efforts focus on five Signature Research Clusters, and are informed by two cross-cutting themes, Big Data and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Institutes and Centres

Here our researchers mobilize communities, influence national issues and engage in global thinking within our impressive network of internationally renowned research institutes and centres.

Research priorities

Our signature research clusters are grounded in the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Our performance

From world-leading ocean research, to our trailblazing clean tech, agriculture and health innovations, you'll read about our global impact in the Annual Report for 2022-23 fiscal year.

Our goals are ambitious, as we seek to leverage our core strengths, partner globally and solve some of the most complex issues of our time. Learn how our Strategic Direction guides our research.