Humber College emphasizes hands-on, career-focused learning. The Office of Applied Research & Innovation focuses on five particular areas of strategic priority, while continuing to support other applied research opportunities brought forth by faculty, or industry and community partners: Industry 4.0, Social Innovation, User Experience Design, Sustainable Architecture & Construction, and System Integration.

Applied Research & Innovation supports opportunities for all students to take part in meaningful experiential learning through applied research. Humber continues to gain momentum as a top Canadian research college. According to the 2019 Research Infosource rankings — which rank Canada’s top 50 research colleges — Humber is in first place in several key areas, including industry research partnerships, industry research income, and industry research intensity. Humber also boasts the second-highest number of paid student researchers in Canada.