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Research Performance

Research income

SFU is among Canada's fastest growing research intensive universities measured by growth of research income. Our sponsored research income has grown by 80% over the past 10 years, reaching $171.6 million in 2021.


Research Output

Research at SFU spans eight faculties, covering a broad range of fundamental, interdisciplinary and applied research topics, as outlined in our Strategic Research Plan. On average, SFU researchers publish 2,600 journal articles per year, over 40% of which appear in the world's top 10% journals (Source: Scopus).  

University research rankings

SFU is consistently ranked among Canada's top research intensive universities in major national and global ranking systems.

World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) 2021 rankings put SFU third in the world for its entrepreneurial spirit (up from seventh) and 24th overall (up from 34th) among innovative universities – the number one university in Canada and the only one within the top 100

The 2022 Times Higher Education's Impact Rankings place SFU among the world's top 10 universities for its commitment to sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11). As an early adopter of the impact rankings, SFU has been recognized over the past three years as a global leader in: Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11); Climate Action (SDG 13); and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16). Learn more at

In its 2022 World University Rankings, Times Higher Education ranks SFU tied for 8th in Canada. SFU has moved up to the top 201-250 universities in the world--previously the university was within the 251-300 world ranking.

The 2022 QS World University Rankings positioned SFU within the top-300 in the world, moving up 25 places year-over-year and maintaining our rank as 13th in Canada. In addition, SFU ranked in 8th Canada for citations per faculty and consistently has ranked in the top-200 worldwide for research impact.


SFU's research is guided by a strategy for wide-reaching collaborations at the local, national and international levels. This strategy supports knowledge generation and transfer across many sectors. SFU has more than 280 international partnerships in 25 countries around the world.

SFU International

SFU International (SFUi) is the university's hub of international relationships, knowledge and resources to mobilize the global reach of SFU’s teaching, research and community engagement.

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