Signature Areas of Research

Areas of research and scholarship that bring the University of Saskatchewan distinct recognition and help to position USask among the most distinguished universities in Canada and among the very best in the world.

Read about the journey to develop the signature areas and the ways these strategic research areas have made a difference for the university, the province, and beyond:

Reflecting on our Signature Areas of Research (Jan. 21, 2021)


Food and Bioproducts for a Sustainable Future

Projections show that food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population. We are working to strengthen Saskatchewan's agricultural leadership with new science, technology and policies to help feed a hungry world adequately, safely and sustainably. 
Global Institute for Food Security 
Canadian Feed Research Centre
Crop Development Centre
Livestock and Forage Centre for Excellence

Energy and Mineral Resources

Technology and Public Policy for a Sustainable Environment

Demand for energy and natural resources is starting to outpace supply. Clean energy solutions, sustainable resource development and sound policy development are vital to meet future demand while conserving ecosystems and sharing the benefits with all.
Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation 

Indigenous Peoples

Engagement and Scholarship

By 2050, half of Saskatchewan's population may be of Indigenous ancestry, a demographic shift that creates challenge and opportunity. Our shared journey will help advance Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of knowing and prepare a new generation of Indigenous youth for the global knowledge economy. 
Aboriginal Education Research Centre 
Native Law Centre

Synchrotron Sciences

Innovation in Health, Environment and Advanced Technologies

With Canada's only synchrotron and the largest number of synchrotron users of any university in Canada, we are harnessing powerful imaging and analytical techniques to solve challenges in health, environment, materials science and other areas of global social and economic importance.
Canadian Light Source

One Health

Solutions at the Animal-Human-Environment Interface

Health for all species is inextricably linked to challenges such as emerging diseases, water and food safety, and environmental degradation. We are working to develop scientific, public health and policy approaches that integrate human, animal and ecosystem health.
U of S One Health Initiative
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization - International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac)
Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences 
One Reproductive Health Research Group
Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR)
Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU)

Water Security

Stewardship of the World's Freshwater Resources

One in six people - 1.4 billion - live in water-stressed areas. Climate change, pollution and overuse are putting severe strain on quality and quantity of fresh water for drinking, sanitation and food production. We are developing new interdisciplinary science, technology and policy to address these urgent issues.
Global Institute for Water Security
Global Water Futures