Grand River Hospital is dedicated to improving care through innovation and research.

We believe that innovation and research:

  • enables high performance programs, services, and systems;
  • nurtures effective and collaborative relationships; and
  • promotes best practice through innovation and collaboration.

To this end, we take part in and lead a number of innovation and research projects to ensure that we remain at the forefront of best practice in care and service provisions.

Additionally, various departments within GRH collaborate within academia, as well as government and private agencies to participate in the conduct of clinical trials that contribute to improve patient care.


McMaster University

The Office of Innovation & Research at GRH and the McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine - Waterloo Regional Campus have partnered together as of 2019 to support McMaster medical students and residents who will work alongside GRH staff and physicians to conduct innovation and research projects focused on improving patient outcomes, caregiver experiences, and/or health care delivery processes.

The University of Waterloo

We are proud to have a formal partnership with the University of Waterloo to enable academics and clinicians to collaborate on research that will benefit patient care and enrich university research. This partnership was launched in 2015.

Network of Networks (N2)

As of 2018, GRH is a partner organization of the Network of Networks (N2), a not-for-profit incorporated organization and alliance of Canadian research networks and organizations working to enhance national clinical research capability and capacity. As a member of N2, GRH has access to best-in-class tools, and a forum to share experience, expertise and best practices, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) which bring higher quality standards to how we conduct clinical research.

Learn more about innovation and research at GRH