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Research Excellence

SFU delivers academic and research excellence. Building on a solid foundation of fundamental research, our researchers are committed to disseminating knowledge and harnessing new ideas and innovations for the benefit of society.

Fellows and College Members of the Royal Society of Canada

More than 50 SFU faculty members have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, the country's highest academic accolade.

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 in Budget 2017, 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.

SFU's Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program invests approximately $265 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 International, 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.

Canada Foundation for Innovation 

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) provides investments in infrastructure, across the full spectrum of research, from the most fundamental to applied through to technology development. The cutting-edge projects funded through CFI not only produce real benefits for people everywhere, but they also result in inspiring stories of Canadian innovation. 

See the list of SFU funded projects on the Canada Foundation for Innovation website.

 Exceptional Opportunities Fund (EOF-COVID-19)

The EOF-COVID-19 fund supports urgent needs for equipment for ongoing research related to COVID-19. It is for instances where “an exceptional research opportunity would be missed” if a project was subject to the normal national competition process.

Innovation Fund

The CFI Innovation Fund provides investments in infrastructure, across the full spectrum of research, from the most fundamental to applied through to technology development. Projects funded through the Innovation Fund will help Canada remain at the forefront of exploration and knowledge generation while making meaningful contributions to generating social, health, environmental and economic benefits and addressing global challenges.  

John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) 

The John R. Evans Leaders Fund is a critical strategic investment tool designed to help institutions attract and retain the very best of today’s and tomorrow’s researchers. JELF enables a select number of an institution’s excellent researchers to undertake leading-edge research by providing them with the foundational research infrastructure required to be or become leaders in their field.

More recognitions and research highlights

SFU researchers continue to be recognized and awarded for their achievements in a variety of disciplines.