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Applied Research and Innovation Services

Dr. Vita Martez and her NSERC IRCC research team are a part of SAIT's commitment to building equitable and inclusive teams – fueling our projects and innovation.

Bringing industry partners together

One of Canada's top applied-research colleges, SAIT has 50,000 square feet of specialized research labs and facilities and full-time research staff who are solely dedicated to providing the services organizations need to take their products from concept to prototype.


Prototypes in a year


Companies a year

Breakthrough vanadium energy storage system wins Mayor’s Innovation Challenge

As the demand for electrical energy increases, so does the need to find appropriate energy storage solutions. An innovative research project using a vanadium redox battery system could be an answer — and it’s one of the winners of the City of Calgary’s inaugural Mayor’s Innovation Challenge. Developed by the Centre for Energy Research in Clean Unconventional Technology Solutions (CERCUTS) — one of seven Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) research areas at SAIT — the ARIS Battery Storage project demonstrates the potential of a breakthrough technology to address issues related to renewable power intermittency, energy grid stabilization and climate resiliency.

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Our projects

Take to the skies with SAIT

SAIT has partnered with Imperial to help implement unmanned systems at Imperial’s Kearl site in northern Alberta. See how this collaboration is leading the way in how unmanned systems can be used on a regular basis to collect photography and supporting data to inform Imperial's Geoscience team on the site's geology while improving safety, sustainability and operational efficiencies at Kearl.

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We’re building one of the greenest homes on earth

A house like no other is taking shape in the foothills of southern Alberta. One that produces more energy than it uses, captures water on site and is anticipated to achieve full certification through the Living Building Challenge — the world’s most rigorous green building rating system and sustainable design framework.

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How we work

Innovation services at ARIS begin with an initial project inquiry, where organizations define their technology-development needs. With a successful project inquiry, we'll engage in non-disclosure agreements and partner meetings with lead researchers.

Together, we will undertake project planning and budgeting, and work with in-house grant writers to apply for funding. Once approvals are complete, the project will be executed and student researchers are engaged.

ARIS involves students in industry-based applied-research projects through practicum placements, capstone projects and as student research assistants.

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Applied Research and Innovation Services

CA416 Aldred Centre
1301 - 16 Ave NW
Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

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