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Queen’s earns a top spot for research income growth

Queen’s research income and research intensity are on the rise, according to RE$EARCH Infosource rankings.

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At the centre of Queen's campus, Grant Hall features a building skin highlighting research at the university. (University Communications)

Queen’s University is first in research income growth (medical category) according to national research rankings, recently released by RE$EARCH Infosource, a research and development intelligence company.

In the 2017 fiscal year, the university’s sponsored research income grew to $207 million, an increase of 36.4 per cent from the previous year and enough to move Queen’s into the leading spot for growth in the medical category.

Queen’s also gained ground in terms of research intensity, which measures research income per full-time faculty member. The university placed fifth in Canada, up from 11th in 2016 and sixth in 2015. RE$EARCH Infosource also released its “Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities” ranking for 2018, which uses measures of research inputs, outputs and impact. This ranking saw Queen’s move from 14th to 11th nationally.

RE$EARCH Infosource rankings are highly visible in the R&D sector. Although standings may fluctuate from year-to-year, overall, we have remained within the top institutions nationwide. The positive results this year reinforce Queen’s prominence and success in research,” says Kimberly Woodhouse, Interim Vice-Principal (Research).

Research income – the total funds to support research received in the form of a grant, contribution or contract from all sources external to the institution
Research intensity – a calculation of total research income per full-time faculty member

Queen’s research is a catalyst for discovery, collaboration and tackling the world’s greatest challenges. The university is home to more than 40 Canada Research Chairs, a Canada 150 Research Chair, a Canada Excellence in Research Chair, and over 85 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2018, the university celebrated the launch of the Arthur B. McDonald Astroparticle Physics Research Institute, made possible by a $63.7 million award from the Canada First Excellence Research Fund. Queen’s researchers are among the most eminent winners of national and international research awards, recognizing output and measured impact.

“A member of the U15, Queen’s has a history of garnering competitive external support and awards for research that shapes our knowledge and addresses societal challenges,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “As a mid-sized Canadian university, Queen’s continues to demonstrate its impressive strength in this space.”

Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities List 2018 ranks universities based on their total sponsored research income. This include all funds received in the form of a grant, contribution and contract from all sources external to the institution to support research.

For more information, visit the RE$EARCH Infosource website

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Queen’s promotional piece RE$EARCH Infosource supplement features “Unspooling Vermeer,” submitted by Stephanie Dickey (Art History and Art Conservation) as part of the 2018 Art of Research photo contest.