Research. Innovation. Discovery.
Fueled by curiosity, our researchers are deciphering the building blocks of life, creating profound expressions of culture and discovering innovations that will shape the world of tomorrow. We've been doing this for more than 140 years.
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A new direction for UM Research
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Research at the University of Manitoba is partially supported by funding from the Government of Canada 's Research Support Fund.
Areas of expertise
Our Strategic Research Plan serves as a roadmap to champion research excellence. Guiding our efforts through established and emerging research strength areas and themes, our researchers address the most pressing issues facing Canadians as well as global societies.
Key research themes
Arctic system science and technology
By connecting climate change and sea ice researchers with Arctic governance experts and the culture and traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples, we are ideally placed to provide the interdisciplinary expertise that will carry Canada’s vision for the Arctic into the future.
Culture and creative works
Living in a city known for its vibrant creative community and cultural diversity, our researchers deepen knowledge of the human enterprise. The study and expression of our intellectual and creative capacity dare us to think differently about how we learn, teach and live together.
Using a multitude of modern tools and techniques across many disciplines, our researchers build on the tradition of the classical sciences to enhance our understanding of the world and provide a holistic foundation for addressing complex problems.
High performance materials, structures and processes
With innovative infrastructure allowing for research into mineral structures and complex chemical reactions, we are home to materials science and materials processing research covering the entire spectrum from basic sciences to industrial applications.
Human rights and social justice
Manitoba has a deep history of social justice and human rights activism and research influenced by the social gospel movement, the struggle for women’s suffrage, the impact and legacy of the Winnipeg General Strike, efforts to address issues of Indigenous justice and the recently-erected Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Integrative research in health and well-being
Improvements to the health and well-being of individuals and diverse populations are achieved by weaving knowledge together across many communities and disciplines. By creating inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional research teams, we lead transformational research in this field.
Safe, healthy, just and sustainable food systems
We are recognized nationally and internationally for research on local and global food systems that yield safe, nutritious, culturally-appropriate and affordable food while minimizing negative impacts on the environment and contributing to strong communities and economies.
Sustainable water management systems
Our institutional leadership brings water and wastewater management expertise together with Indigenous knowledge, language, law and methodological skills to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of land, rivers, lakes and communities across Manitoba and Canada.
Understanding and communicating information
Transcending the fields of mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science and engineering, where the foundations for acquisition, analysis, extraction, and visualization of information have been established, this theme also underlies research that seeks new ways to deal with information from the arts and humanities to medical research.
Research for, with and by Indigenous peoples is an important cross-cutting dimension of scholarship at the university. Researchers engaging in Indigenous scholarship communicate knowledge in innovative ways, employing cutting-edge methodologies to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples locally, nationally and globally.
Sustainable systems for resilient communities
Questions of economic, social and environmental sustainability are crucial to the future of Manitoba and Canada in the context of changing climate and increasing resource scarcity. The commitment to building sustainable communities bridges the university’s strengths in discovery-driven scientific research and interdisciplinary areas.
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Strategic Research Plan 2023-2028
A new direction for UM Research: New Strategic Research Plan to launch Fall 2023
On Jan. 19, 2023, the UM Strategic Research Planning Committee convened to begin work on a new UM Strategic Research Plan for 2023-2028, as part of the ongoing process to create a broader University Strategic Plan. Co-chaired by the Vice-President (Research & International) and the Associate Vice-President (Research), the committee will build on existing research strengths to define a multi- and inter-disciplinary strategy for UM.
Research opportunities and supports
The UM research enterprise - made up of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and research technicians - is supported and enhanced by access to specialized training, funding and services available through the administrative reporting units of the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International).
As Manitoba's leader in research, we are home to more than 80 endowed and sponsored research chairs, including an allocation of 52 Canada Research Chairs, a Canada 150 Research Chair, a Canada Excellence Research Chair and a Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate. These chairs reflect our areas of research strength.
Research centres, institutes, affiliates and groups
The UM is home to more than 50 research centres, institutes and shared facilities that promote the exchange of ideas and provide collaborative research environments that stimulate multidisciplinary research and development.
Awards and recognition
Many faculty members receive local, national and international recognition of their research and scholarly excellence. Explore their stories and the impacts they are having on our lives.
Research Data Management
The University of Manitoba has developed a research data management (RDM) strategy to enhance support for researchers across all disciplines. RDM occurs across data collection, documentation, storage, sharing as well as long-term preservation, and as such, RDM is fundamentally embedded in the lifecycle of all research projects.
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