R&D Heat Map is a tool we are using to supplement Trillium GIS. The Heat Map is an in-depth preliminary analysis of the distribution of research grants across educational institutions (specifically universities) across Ontario.

The goal of this analysis is to outline the research strengths of Ontario universities and display this information to our users. Students will benefit from this information and use it to guide their choice in pursuing further education. The tool can also encourage firms to partner with educational institutions based on similar research areas and projects. Moreover, researchers can use this information to also partner with different departments across Ontario on similar research projects.

The data Trillium is working with is from two federal research grant databases: CFI (Canadian Foundation for Innovation) and NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council). The data provides detailed annual information on the dollar amount awarded to research grants, whether it is over an installation period, who the grant is awarded to (department & university), and in what research area the grant is awarded.  The time frame of this dataset is between 1998-2017. We chose to use the last 10 years of data starting from 2007 to 2016.

Universities in preliminary analysis:

  • Western University
  • Waterloo University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Toronto (all campuses)
  • York University
  • University of Guelph
  • Trent University
  • Carleton University
  • Queen’s University
  • University of Ottawa
  • McMaster University

Manufacturing Related Research Areas (categorized by Trillium):

  • Machinery and Equipment
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Health Related Manufacturing
  • Systems and Technology
  • Material and Related Products
  • Metal Products
  • Aerospace
  • Mineral Resources
  • Consumer Goods
  • Process Management
  • Processed Foods and Beverages
  • Production and Operations Management
  • General Industrial Production
  • Motor Vehicles