The University of Guelph ranks second among Canadian comprehensive universities – and among the leading universities nationwide in research income from Canada’s federal granting agencies – in an annual national survey of top research institutions.

For the eighth year running, U of G claimed second spot among comprehensive universities – those with a full range of graduate programs and professional schools without a medical school – in the 2022 Research Infosource Inc. ranking of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities.

The University ranked seventeenth overall among the institutions surveyed, up from eighteenth spot last year.

In a special spotlight ranking category this year, the University earned a spot among the top five comprehensive universities for 2017-21 research income from three of Canada’s four granting councils tracked by Research Infosource, as follows:

  • Third-highest total research income (2017-21) from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (more than $114 million, worth 14.3 per cent of total research income)
  • Fourth-highest research income from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (just over $17.5 million, 2.2 per cent of total research income)
  • Fifth-highest research income from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (more than $19 million, 2.4 per cent of total research income)

U of G was also ranked eighth overall for 2017-21 research income from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (almost $31 million, or 3.8 per cent of total research income).

“Once again, the University of Guelph ranks among the top research universities in Canada, as it has consistently since Research Infosource first began surveying Canada’s research universities over two decades ago,” said Dr. Malcolm Campbell, vice-president (research).

“These results reflect our researchers’ engagement with intellectual pursuit and innovation, our institution’s ability to steward lasting research partnerships, and the excellence of our research enterprise as a whole.”

U of G research income, research intensity rank highly

The Infosource rankings are based on various measures recorded in 2021, including total sponsored research income, the number of publications in leading journals and research impact.

U of G ranked first in the amount of research income it attracts from the private sector as a percentage of total research income (9.9 per cent), and second in the amount of research income overall, worth almost $183 million a year.

The University also ranked first in research intensity per faculty member ($216,300) and per graduate student ($60,000).

Sponsored research income consists of all funds supporting research, including grants, contributions and contracts.

U of G ranked first in not-for-profit research income growth, with a 45.9-per-cent increase from 2020 to 2021.

Research funding supports U of G faculty, technical staff and graduate students across seven colleges and 15 research stations. The University’s numerous research strengths span agriculture, food and the bio-economy, veterinary sciences, environmental science, human health, humanities and social sciences.

A division of The Impact Group, Research Infosource is an independent national consulting firm that tracks research activities of Canadian companies, universities and governments.

Kim Moser