Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities 2021
Research Universities of the Year

  Research Universities of the Year 2021
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 98.9
2 McGill University 69.5
3 McMaster University 65.8
Rank Comprehensive Score*
1 University of Waterloo 93.9
2 University of Guelph 83.7
3 Simon Fraser University 75.1
Rank Undergraduate Score*
1 Université du Québec à Rimouski 75.7
2 University of Regina 74.1
3 Ontario Tech University 73.0

*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.