Major Research Organizations


BCNET is a non-profit organization that provides high-speed optical network capabilities, often called advanced networks, to B.C.’s higher education and research institutions. Advanced networks upport experimental and collaborative efforts in education and research being conducted across the province and around the world. 

Centre for Drug Research and Development

The Centre for Drug Research and Development helps to advance medical research into clinical developments and commercialization. Its goal is to build a collaborative research infrastructure and increase research and development capacity in B.C.


FPInnovations is a not-for-profit organization that creates scientific solutions to support the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners.

Genome BC

Genome BC invests in and manages genomics and proteomics research projects. It works with government, universities and industry to help B.C. become a leader in genomic research, and provides services to facilitate commercialization. Its major investors are Genome Canada and the provincial government.

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research is the provincial support agency for health research in B.C. The organization creates an environment that attracts talented researchers to B.C., and fosters collaborations between government, health systems and academic institutions. Its goal is to develop B.C. as a leader in health research.


MITACS, which stands for Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems, is part of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence program. The organization links business, government, non-profits and universities to develop tools to support the growth of the knowledge-based economy. MITACS holds skills enhancement workshops and technical training events; it also supports internships and outreach activities. It funds various mathematical sciences research projects throughout Canada.

Ocean Networks Canada

Ocean Networks Canada operates the world-leading NEPTUNE and VENUS cabled ocean observatories for the advancement of science and the benefit of Canada. These observatories collect data on physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the ocean over long time periods, supporting research on complex Earth processes.

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is a collaboration between the University of Victoria, the University of B.C., Simon Fraser University and the University of Northern B.C. It was launched by the government of B.C. to develop innovative climate change solutions. 


TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for nuclear and particle physics research and related sciences. Located on the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, TRIUMF is owned and operated as a joint venture by a consortium of seven Canadian universities. It provides scientific and engineering leadership, bringing together interdisciplinary talent, technical resources and commercial partners.

For information on how the Province has funded innovative projects at these organizations and others, visit B.C.'s Research and Innovation Investments.