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Research Excellence

SFU delivers excellence in research, innovation and sustainability, around the world. Building on a solid foundation of fundamental research, our researchers are committed to challenging conventions, celebrating new ideas and embracing unconventional partnerships. 

Fellows and College Members of the Royal Society of Canada

SFU is home to over 80 active Royal Society of Canada (RSC) members. Membership in the RSC is Canada’s highest academic honour. Visit the Royal Society of Canada website to see the full list of SFU faculty that have been named Fellows and College Members.

Canada 150 Research Chairs

The Canada 150 Research Chairs Program, announced invests $117.6 million to enhance Canada's reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. It provides Canadian institutions with a one-time investment to attract top-tier, internationally based scholars and researchers to Canada.

SFU’s Canada 150 Research Chairs
Caroline Colijn, Imperial College mathematician, holds the Chair in Mathematics for Infection, Evolution and Public Health, in the Department of Mathematics. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun holds the Chair in New Media.

Canada Excellence Research Chairs

The CERCs program supports world renowned researchers to establish ambitious research programs that build on Canada’s contributions as a global leader in research and innovation. The CERCs are among the most prestigious research positions available globally, designed to foster innovation, promote knowledge mobilization and attract top talent to Canada’s research universities.

SFU's Canada Excellence Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program invests up to $311 million per year to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.

See the full list of SFU's current chairholders on the CRC website.

See SFU's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan for the Canada Research Chair Program.

Distinguished SFU Professors

As a joint initiative of SFU’s Vice-President, Academic and Provost and the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, the Distinguished SFU Professor program recognizes SFU research faculty members of distinction who have achieved exceptional performance and distinguished accomplishments relative to their rank and years of service.

Learn more and see the list of our Distinguished SFU Professors.

SFU's Scholarly Impact of the Week

SFU's Scholarly Impact of the Week is selected by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation to celebrate scholarly milestones and raise the profile of research impacts from across the SFU research community. Learn more.