Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities 2018
Research Universities of the Year

Three universities gain Research Infosource’s designation of Research University of the Year in their category for their performance on a balanced set of input and output measures. These full-service universities demonstrated superior performance on key measures of research success.

Rank Medical Score*
1 University of Toronto 97.4   
2 McMaster University 68.6   
3 McGill University 64.4   
Rank Comprehensive Score*
1 University of Waterloo 93.6   
2 University of Guelph 82.4   
3 Simon Fraser University 75.0   
Rank Undergraduate Score*
1 Lakehead University 88.8   
2 University of Lethbridge 83.9   
3 Université du Québec à Rimouski 80.7   

* The score in each category is out of a possible 100 points based on the following measures and weighting: total sponsored research income (20%), research intensity per faculty (20%), research intensity per graduate student (10%), total number of publications in leading journals (20%), publication intensity (20%) and publication impact (10%). For each measure, the top ranking institution is assigned a score of 100 and the other institutions’ scores are calculated as a percentage of the first ranked institution. To be eligible to be included in the Research Universities of the Year Tier rankings, full-service universities must have ranked in the top 50% in their respective tier for 5 out of 6 measures.