Transform ideas into reality

Take advantage of our expertise, infrastructure and talent to gain a competitive edge, make a difference in your industry and contribute to a better world. 

Reasons to Partner with UBC Applied Science

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Gain the innovation advantage

Partner with us to quickly transform research into practical, commercially viable products, processes and technologies – empowering your organization to enter new markets, reduce costs and boost productivity.

We’ve collaborated with industry partners on a number projects. These research partnerships have advanced renewable energy generation and storage, accelerated the digital transformation of traditional industries, and explored ways to advance regenerative medicine and immune engineering.

Case Study: Advancing technology to market


in QS World University Rankings for Engineering & Technology

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Benefit from our project management expertise

Applied Science researchers excel in large, multi-disciplinary projects that produce impactful research and breakthrough technologies. Our team can oversee strategic planning and resource coordination to structure and phase collaborative research programs. We know how to enable productive collaborations by securing high-value funding support, building strategic capacity and transforming research into impactful and lucrative spinoffs.

Case Study: Joint venture aims to revolutionize mining


Applied Science disciplines tackling complex challenges including Architecture, Planning, Nursing and 6 Engineering disciplines

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Leverage your investment

When you partner with us, your research dollars go further. Our dedicated Dean's Office Research Team will maximize your return on investment by seeking matching grants and other funding. Applied Science has a strong track record of success in securing grants from federal and provincial sources, reflecting our strengths in addressing complex challenges of interest to a range of funders and partners.

Learn more about the project funding available to our partners:

Case Study: Helping SMEs be more competitive


secured in annual Applied Science research funding, including $20 million from industry partners


“Using our campus as a living lab, and enabling new platforms to accelerate technology readiness, we have fostered an environment that attracts industry investment in co-developing tangible proofs of concept, critical for commercialization and economic development."

Walter Merida

Walter Mérida

Associate Dean, Research and Industrial Partnerships, Faculty of Applied Science


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Access our world-class infrastructure

Labs, research facilities and state-of-the-art equipment represent a significant investment. Spend your research dollars wisely by partnering with us and gaining access to our world-class infrastructure and expertise. We have research facilities across our two campuses, with UBC researchers working on everything from new advances in bioengineering to making buildings more disaster resistant.

We're currently designing Applied One, an interdisciplinary building for learning, teaching and research on our Vancouver campus that will create the conditions for the real-world testing of health, tech, and equity solutions. This building will join other living labs on campus, including our smart energy district fuelled by solar and hydrogen energy and our biomass research and demonstration facility.

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ranking for UBC by Times Higher Education's global impact rankings on the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 9 - 'Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure'

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Grow your intellectual property

Intellectual property is a crucial asset. We will work with you from the outset to determine how to manage intellectual property generated by our partnership to meet your goals, and we can offer exclusive rights to licence intellectual property coming out of a collaborative project. UBC's Technology Transfer Group also provides a full suite of services to advance the commercialization of new inventions and maximize the benefits of innovation.

Technology Transfer Group


in sales generated for partner organizations from licensed UBC discoveries for products, services and treatments

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Build your reputation

We offer opportunities for you to grow your visibility through workshops, networking events, seminars and more - all of which can help position your organization as a leader in its field and expand your professional network.

Our partners have benefited from technology demonstration projects, research symposiums, international conference presentations and speaking engagements, and seminars and webinar series showcasing partnership impacts. We also organize consortiums where partners are at the table with their clients or prospective clients.

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Applied Science faculty members are among the 'Top 2% of of most-cited scientists' in their respective fields worldwide

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Partnerships in Action

Our case studies show how we collaborate with our entrepreneurial partners to advance ideas into reality. Read about our industry partnerships.

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Research Centres and Institutes

Our multidisciplinary expertise is creating innovations that make the world a better place. Partner with us and gain access to our world-class infrastructure and expertise.

APSC Research Team

Research and Partnerships Team

Our dedicated team actively seeks collaboration opportunities with industry, non-profit and government partners to accelerate solutions for the future.

Let's work together

Join us. Bring research and innovation insight to your biggest challenges. We work with industry, non-profit and government partners to accelerate solutions for the future.

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