Atlantic Canada’s universities draw more than $500 million in research funding to the region each year, and they are responsible for approximately 63 percent of all research and development conducted in the region.

The AAU, with the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the national granting councils, has created Springboard, which supports the commercialization of university research across Atlantic Canada.  It provides resources to Atlantic Canadian universities to encourage the transfer of knowledge and technology to the region’s private sector.

Public investment in research benefits the health, wealth and quality of life of all Atlantic Canadians.

Springboard Atlantic is a network with a mandate to support the commercialization of research in Atlantic Canada. They provide resources to Atlantic Canadian universities and colleges to encourage the transfer of knowledge and technology to the region’s private sector. As of April 1, 2008, their members are fourteen of the universities in Atlantic Canada plus the four provincial community colleges.

They work to connect publicly funded research and educational organization members with industry experts through a range of programs and services.

They also connect skilled professionals in academia and industry to create new collaborations and move Canadian expertise and innovations from the labs and minds of researchers to final products in the marketplace.


Dr. Suzie Currie
Associate Vice-President Research,
Innovation and Graduate Studies
Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

Rev. Dr. Susan MacAlpine-Gillis
Acting Academic Dean
Atlantic School of Theology
660 Francklyn Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3B5
Dr. Tanya Brann-Barrett
Associate Vice President, Academic and Research
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300
1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
Dr. Alice Aiken
Vice President, Research & Innovation  
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Dr. Jennifer Bain
Associate Vice-President, Research
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Dr. Sarah Clift
Vice President
University of King’s College
A&A Building, 2nd Floor
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
Dr. Tana Allen
Acting Vice-President (Research) 
Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
PO Box 4200
Arts and Administration Building
St. John’s, NL A1C 5S7
Dr. Francis LeBlanc
Vice-recteur adjoint à la recherche et Doyen
Université de Moncton
18, avenue Antonine-Maillet
Moncton, NB E1A 3E9
Dr. Vicki St. Pierre
Acting Provost and Vice President, Academic and Research
Mount Allison University
65 York Street
Sackville, NB E4L 1E4
Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan
Associate Vice-President, Research
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway, Evaristus 136
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
Dr. David MaGee
Vice President (Research)
University of New Brunswick
PO Box 4400
Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3
Jana Macalik
Interim Vice President (Academic & Research) and Provost
NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
Dr. Greg Naterer
Vice-President, Academic and Research
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3
Dr. Martine Béland
Vice-rectrice à l’enseignement et à la recherche
Université Sainte-Anne
Pointe-de-l’Église, Nouvelle-Écosse B0W 1M0
Dr. Richard Isnor
Associate Vice-President, Research Graduate
and Professional Studies
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
Dr. Madine VanderPlaat
Interim Vice-President, Academic and Research
Saint Mary’s University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
Dr. Peter Toner
Associate Vice-President (Research)
St. Thomas University
PO Box 4569
Fredericton, NB E3B 5G3

Brief to the Standing Committee on Science and Research, Study on the Distribution of Federal Government Funding Among Canadian Post Secondary Institutions, June 2024

Memorandum of Understanding with the Atlantic Region Public Universities Covering Collaboration in Research (June 8, 2022) 

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sets out the relationship between the public universities listed below, as represented by their respective Vice Presidents of Research, (the Universities) and the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs (APCFNC) with respect to collaboration in economic development research and capacity building between the First Nations and Inuit of the Atlantic Region.

ACENET is a consortium of post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada created in 2003 to serve the computationally intense and large scale data needs of researchers in this region.

Users can access high performance (HPC), big data, cloud and graphical processing unit (GPU) computing, storage, and a large-scale file transfer platform. These tools enable complex numerical modelling, large-scale simulations, testing scalability of solutions and easy sharing of data.

Humanities and social sciences groups benefit from the data management and analytics tools available, as well as the Compute Canada cloud that allows them to build web-based platforms or portals, opening up new ways of analyzing data.

No experience is required and there are no fees for researchers and their groups. ACENET’s team of technical specialists help you get started, and provide extensive training, expertise and ongoing support.

ACENET is a regional partner with Compute Canada, the national organization responsible for advanced research computing in Canada. Through Compute Canada, we provide access to resources located across the country, and represent Atlantic regional needs at the national table.

For further information on ACENET, please see or contact [email protected]

Creating a knowledge advantage through research excellence, collaboration and partnerships.

Changing Perceptions

“When a national study revealed that most Canadians are in the dark about research coming out of the country’s universities, the AAU decided to do something about it.” Progress Research and Discovery Magazine