Research Performance 

Over the past 10 years, SFU has transformed into one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. SFU is consistently ranked among Canada's top 15 research universities by major global and national university ranking systems. 

Research Income 

Over the last 15 years, SFU has increased its research capacity more than four-fold, having surpassed $100M in 2013 and reached $139M in 2017. With 37% of its research income from Federal Tri-Council agencies, SFU ranks among Canada's top universities for Tri-Council research funding per full-time faculty. 

Research Collaborations 

At the heart of SFU's research is a strategy for wide-reaching collaborations at the local, national and international levels,  to foster a seamless continuum of knowledge generation and knowledge transfer across diverse sectors. SFU has an international footprint of partnerships with over 2100 institutions worldwide, in more than 110 countries.


Research Output

Research at SFU spans across 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 2300 journal articles per year, over 40% of which appear in the world's top 10% journals (Source: Scopus).  

Research Impact

SFU consistently ranks among Canada's top universities in research impact. In the latest QS World University Rankings, SFU is ranked 2nd among Canadian universities for citations per faculty, while Times Higher Education ranked SFU 8th among Canadian universities for subject-normalized total citations. Elsevier's SciVal, places SFU 5th among Canadian universities by field-weighted citation impact. 

University Rankings

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

  • In Maclean's Rankings, SFU has been ranked 1st every year in the Comprehensive University category, with the exception of 2014, when it was ranked 2nd.
  • SFU is one of four Canadian universities named by Times Higher Education in their list of the world's top 55 Tech Challenger Universities
  • In its 2018 World University Rankings, Times Higher Education ranked SFU 11th in Canada overall, and 7th for citations.
  • SFU ranks 11th in Canada for a second straight year in the latest QS World University Rankings, ranking 2nd once again in the country for research impact. 
  • The 2017 CWTS Leiden Ranking ranks SFU 2nd among Canadian universities for percentage of international collaborative publications.
  • The 2017 U.S. News Global Rankings places SFU in the 11th spot in Canada, based on its research output, impact, and reputation, supplied by Web of Science data. The rankings also places SFU among the top 10 universities in Canada in 8 subject areas, ranking 5th in Physics, and Environment/Ecology, and 6th in Computer Science.

Research centres & institutes

SFU has established 47 research centres under the direct authority of the relevant Faculty Dean, and 27 research institutes that have a university-wide mandate or multi-university consortium. 

Knowledge mobilization

In the past decade, SFU has spun-out, mentored, incubated or assisted over 200 companies, adding more than 2,400 new jobs to our economy and contributing annual tax revenues of about $186 million. 

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