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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

Katal Energy graduates from SAIT

Katal Energy — a low emissions alternative fuel company — “graduated” from the Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) lab at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) with a commercially scalable process and product ready to make a real-world environmental impact. Katal is now positioned to go to market with a low emissions fuel to help companies achieve immediate advancements on sustainability targets.

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Katal module being shipped out from SAIT

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.

Our services

Explore our facilities and research areas and learn more about our services.

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Applied Research and Innovation Services

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

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