About Us - ARIA

The Alberta Research and Innovation Authority is an integral part of Alberta Innovates - a strategically aligned and integrated provincial research and innovation system. Under the banner of Alberta Innovates, we work with key innovation support agencies, with publicly funded post-secondary institutions, industry and government to further research and innovation in the province and make Alberta more competitive in the global economy.

The Authority provides strategic advice and recommendations to the Government of Alberta through the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education on matters that include but are not restricted to:

  • Identifying leading-edge research areas and innovation policies that will support the diversification of Alberta's economy.
  • Providing the Minister with regular reviews and reports on the performance of Alberta's research and innovation system and makes recommendations to increase Alberta's competitiveness.
  • Exploring, gathering and synthesizing information on best practices in other jurisdictions and utilizing benchmarking strategies to assess the status and progress of Alberta's research and innovation system.
  • Identifying emerging global science, research, technology and innovation trends of greatest impact to Alberta.