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November 5, 2009

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SFU’s research income increased 11.8 per cent to $86.7 million in fiscal 2008, placing it in 19th place among Canadian universities, up from 20th place in 2007, according to a new report from Research Infosource.

SFU’s percentage increase trailed the other three B.C. universities on the national top 50 research-income list, with UVic up 25.9 per cent, UNBC up 20.2 per cent and UBC up 17.2 per cent during the same period.

But SFU was rated No. 7 in "publication impact"— a measure of the perceived impact of research through a calculation of citations received by journals.

"These ranking measures indicate that our investments in research personnel, research infrastructure and graduate student support are paying off," says VP-research Mario Pinto.

And SFU was No. 2 among Canadian comprehensive universities in growth between fiscal 2002-07 in the number of publications, with an increase of 61.9 per cent in five years. (New Brunswick was No. 1 at 68.9 per cent.)

The four B.C. universities in the top 50 had a combined total research income of $685.9 million in fiscal 2008, an increase of 17.8 per cent from $581.9 million in the previous year.

The University of Toronto came first nationally in research funding in 2008, with $844.9 million. The University of Alberta was second with $491.7 million, followed by UBC in third place with $470.1 million and the Université de Montréal in fourth with $468.7 million.

UVic came 17th with $112.4 million and UNBC finished at 36th with $16.6 million, the report said.

Total research funding last year for the top 50 universities was $6.1 billion, a six-per-cent increase over 2007.

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Alan James

With all this funding available, how about directing some to finding a better way to keep the roads safe in winter than using salt that pollutes the creeks on Burnaby Mountain?

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