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 $214 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. Afua Cooper wins The Royal Society of Canada's  J. B. Tyrrell Historical Medal in recognition of her impactful scholarship on Canadian Black history.


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 work in vaccinology, you'll read about our global leaders in research and the signature clusters that guide their direction in the 2021 Annual Report.

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.