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Knowledge Mobilization and Innovation

Knowledge mobilization and innovation at SFU supports students and faculty members to accelerate transformative discoveries for social, sustainable and economic impact. Our faculty, students and staff are engaged with people and organizations in Canada and around the world to drive innovation, improve public health, fight climate change, promote democracy, and create exciting new economic opportunities.

SFU Knowledge Mobilization

SFU is committed to providing sustained resources to support researchers in sharing their findings with wider communities in meaningful ways. This commitment to knowledge mobilization is intended to facilitate wider public engagement with research and deepen connections between researchers and knowledge users.


SFU Innovates

SFU Innovates is the university’s innovation strategy with a mission to engage SFU researchers, staff and students with our communities and partners to solve societal challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship. SFU is ranked as the number one innovative university in Canada and first in the world for our entrepreneurial spirit (World's Universities with Real Impact rankings).

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Technology Licensing Office (TLO)

SFU’s TLO is focused on delivering intellectual property (IP) protection and technology licensing services and support. TLO supports faculty, graduate students and university researchers in the strategic management of the IP they generate through their inventions. It is a key part of SFU Innovates, the university’s innovation strategy. The office enables a streamlined pathway for SFU tech advances to get out into the world to drive innovation and change.

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SFU VentureLabs®

VentureLabs accelerates science, technology and innovation-based companies that have winning value propositions and strong potential to scale up. Based in Vancouver, B.C., VentureLabs' programs and services are tailored to each company’s needs to not just grow, but grow smart. They connect entrepreneurs with experienced mentors and a network of resources focused on tackling the unique challenges and complexities faced by technology innovators.

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Community-Engaged Research initiative

Designed around a collaborative research infrastructure, SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) promotes principles of participation, cooperation, social transformation, and knowledge translation to lift and strengthen the capacity of SFU’s researchers and students, to engage respectfully and ethically with community organizations, Indigenous Nations, community members, and leadership, including cultural leaders.

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ACT - Action on Climate Team

ACT is a state-of-the-art research-to-practice hub for the mobilization of climate change and sustainability knowledge and solutions. ACT works across sectors to mobilize relevant knowledge for practice. Given a global climate crisis, SFU embeds climate action throughout our operations, research, academics and community engagement. ACT is moving action on climate change from scholarship to practice and back to ensure that governments, organizations and individuals have the information they need to urgently address climate change and its global impacts—while transitioning toward sustainability goals.

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