Institute for Oil Sands Innovation

at the University of Alberta

~ Breakthrough Energy Research ~ Advanced Environmental Technologies ~

Research Themes

~ Extraction  ~ Smart mining ~ Tailings ~ Value-added products ~

Laboratory & Services

Technical support for IOSI researchers, as well as external services

Become an Investigator

IOSI regularly announces open calls for letters of intent and proposals

The Imperial Institute for Oil Sands Innovation (IOSI) at the University of Alberta is built on the partnership between the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering, Imperial Oil Limited, Alberta Innovates, as well as Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) for the projects in the Tailings theme.

IOSI attracts and supports researchers from Canada and abroad to bridge the knowledge and technology gaps in oil sands operations, to nurture innovative solutions to fulfill its mission and to build the intellectual capital.

~ Vision ~

oil sands operations with a reduced environmental footprint by minimizing water use, consuming less energy, lowering greenhouse gas and other emissions, yielding high-quality products at lower cost

~ Mission ~

to promote, build capacities and to fund breakthrough research that leads to environmentally, economically and socially sustainable development of Canada’s mineable oil sands resources


years since foundation


personnel trained