A hub of collaboration

We bridge the gap between academia, industry and communities, uniting researchers, innovators and students. This dynamic fusion cultivates skills, drives innovation and transforms concepts into tangible solutions that advance economic and environmental efforts - locally and globally. 

We're not just solving problems, we're shaping a brighter, more competitive future.

Ranked among the best

We're proud to be recognized as a top 10 research college in Canada for 2023. 

How we work

Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) begins 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 will be engaged.

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

Recent projects

Research support fund

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is pleased to acknowledge the Government of Canada and the Research Support Fund (RSF) for sustaining research that creates solutions through innovation.

Learn more about the Research Support Fund

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Do you have a project in mind?

Whether you're starting with an idea or an early design concept, we want to learn more. Our commitment is to provide exceptional value to our partners, staying mindful of budget constraints while actively pursuing funding opportunities on your behalf. Let's talk ideas and numbers.

Innovation and research centres

As a hub of collaboration, our Applied Research and Innovation Services research teams respond to the innovation needs of industry with a fast, focused, and flexible model.

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Advanced Manufacturing and Materials

As the age of imagination emerges from the age of information, a need for a new industrial and manufacturing transformation becomes more apparent.

Centre for Innovation and Research in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
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Unmanned Aerial Systems

Our mission is to expand unmanned systems' role in data acquisition and management and create organizational efficiencies across various sectors and regulatory environments.

Centre for Innovation and Research in Unmanned Systems
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Clean Unconventional Technology Solutions

Bringing environmentally sound, reliable, secure and highly efficient clean energy solutions with the integration of unconventional and alternative energy. 

Centre for Energy Research and Clean Unconventional Technology Solutions
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Green Building Technologies Access Centre

Partnering with industry to identify and develop environmentally friendly technologies, processes, programs, systems, and services.

Green Building Technologies

Our experts

Our researchers embrace life-long learning for themselves and others. You can find us engaged in training, workshops and seminars or presenting at industry events, conferences, media events, and in relevant industry journals.
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Our services

Our expert researchers, equipment, and facilities support business planning, product design and development, fabrication and prototyping, product testing, and technology verification, culminating in industry education and public outreach. 

Design and development

To take your concepts to commercialization, we provide engineering expertise, establish workable designs and develop product prototypes using 3D scanning and printing, composite fabrication and novel hardware and software applications. 

Fabrication and prototyping

Whether you are working with an initial idea or have already created a design, we have an extensive collection of facilities and experts that can help you with everything from prototype development to existing product enhancement.

Product testing and verification

Our third-party testing and technology verification facility allows you to test the quality, safety, and reliability of your developed products and technologies. Ask us about technology performance management and monitoring, destructive and non-destructive materials testing and chemical analysis.


Our large network of partners can introduce you to additional resources that can help with business and marketing plans, IP protection and access to patenting services. All intellectual property remains with you — our applied research partner.

Privacy and data collection 

We understand the importance of data and the information collected from data sources. Learn more about SAIT's Institutional Research Data Management procedure

Stay up-to-date

Big things are always on the go with ARIS. Learn more about the different projects that are on going and generous funding opportunities.

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The FLOW meter is a new measurement device built at SAIT’s applied research labs for the on-shore oil market.

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SAIT offers expertise in materials science, advanced manufacturing and robotics to DIANA network

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SAIT is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of Treaty 7 which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Îyârhe Nakoda of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Goodstoney.

We are situated in an area the Blackfoot tribes traditionally called Moh’kinsstis, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. We now call it the city of Calgary, which is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.