RESEARCH INCOME GROWTH MIRED
Research income at Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities expanded by only 1.1% in Fiscal 2012, reaching
$6.7 billion, the highest figure on record. The 2012
increase was only half that of 2011 ( 2.2%) and the small-est increase since RE$EARCH Infosource began tracking the Top 50 Research Universities in 2001. Substantial
declines in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward
Island weighed heavily on the results. On a positive note,
University of Toronto is the first Canadian institution to
post research income in excess of $1 billion.
THE $100 MILLION CLUB
Nineteen universities – up from 18 last year – gained
membership in RE$EARCH Infosource’s $100 Million
Club, the elite group of universities that attracted at least
$100 million of research income in Fiscal 2012. In total,
the Club members accounted for nearly $5.9 billion of
research income, an increase of 2.8% from Fiscal 2011.
Memorial University of Newfoundland joined the Club
this year, posting research income of $107 million with
a substantial increase of 52.6% over Fiscal 2011. Club
members also increased their total share of research
income to 87% of the total in Fiscal 2012 from 86%
in 2011. Nine of the 19 universities posted negative
growth in research income in Fiscal 2012, compared to
with 4 decliners last year. All but 3 universities (Guelph,
Waterloo and Victoria) are Medical/Doctoral institutions
– universities with medical schools.
Research income totals decreased over the period
and weighed heavily against the national results in
Alberta (- 10.9%), Saskatchewan (- 15.7%), Prince
Edward Island (- 12.8%) and Manitoba (- 3.3%). Provinces where overall research income growth out-paced
the national trend included Newfoundland ( 52.6%),
New Brunswick ( 6.3%), Ontario ( 6.2%) and Nova
Scotia ( 4.3%). Universities in British Columbia recorded a 1.8% funding increase.
In Fiscal 2012, 18 Ontario universities increased their
share of total research income to 40% from 38% over Fiscal 2011. Quebec’s 13 institutions maintained their share
of the total (27%), as did universities in British Columbia
(12%). Alberta universities’ share declined to 11% of total
research income in Fiscal 2012 from 13% the prior year.
RESEARCH INCOME GROWTH
In a disappointing result, 28 universities recorded
declines in research income in Fiscal 2012 compared
with 16 decliners last year. Only 22 institutions posted
increases in research income in Fiscal 2012, compared
with last year’s total of 34 gainers. The top gainers were
led by Memorial University of Newfoundland ( 52.6%),
followed by Université de Sherbrooke ( 27.3%),
St. Francis Xavier University ( 23.6%), University of
Toronto ( 13.4%) and Université du Québec à Montréal
Research intensity – research income per full-time
faculty position – posted 0% growth in Fiscal 2012. A
1.1% increase in total research income combined with
an identical increase in faculty numbers to yield the static
result. On average the Top 50 Research Universities each
attracted $174,500 per full-time faculty position, compared with $174,400 in Fiscal 2011.
A total of 14 universities – the same number as last
year – posted research intensity that was higher than
the national average. University of Toronto ($422,300
per full-time faculty position) enjoyed a considerable
lead over McGill University ($296,100), Université de
Montréal ($280,000), University of Alberta ($273,400)
and University of British Columbia ($246,500).
Sixteen Medical/Doctoral universities accounted for
81% of total research income in Fiscal 2012, the same
share as in Fiscal 2011. Twelve Comprehensive institutions maintained their share of research income (13%).
However, the 22 Undergraduate universities’ share fell
to 5% of total research income from 6% in Fiscal 2011
due to their overall decline in research income of - 6.9%
during the period.
RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES OF THE YEAR
RE$EARCH Infosource highlights the achievements of
3 Research Universities of the Year – the leading institutions that excel on a balanced scorecard of research input
and output/impact indicators (see our website for details
This year’s winners are: University of Toronto in the
Medical/Doctoral category, University of Waterloo in the
Comprehensive category and Université du Québec à
Rimouski in the Undergraduate category.
THIS YEAR AND NEXT
Fiscal 2012 was a study in contrasts so far as the performance of the university research system was concerned.
On the plus side, it saw the first Canadian university ever
– University of Toronto – reach $1 billion of research
income. And, the $100 Million Club – the group of
leading institutions that recorded over $100 million of
research income – expanded to 19, with the addition this
year of Memorial University of Newfoundland.
But these achievements took place in the context of a
slim 1.1% overall increase in research income for all of
Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities. When increased
salaries, expenses and overheads are considered a 1.1%
increase signifies a decline in real dollar spending. In
addition, on a provincial basis, Fiscal 2012 saw double-digit drops in research income in 3 provinces. However
with universities continually increasing their cross-sector
collaboration and partnerships we look with expectation
to next year’s results.
Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities
Growth Overall University 2011-2012
1 18 Memorial University of
Newfoundland* 52. 6
2 11 Université de Sherbrooke* 27. 3
3 46 St. Francis Xavier University 23. 6
4 1 University of Toronto* 13. 4
5 21 Université du Québec à Montréal 11. 8
6 49 University of Winnipeg 11. 3
7 10 Western University* 10. 2
8 8 University of Ottawa* 9. 5
9 24 University of New Brunswick 8. 4
10 37 Université du Québec en
Abitibi-Témiscamingue 7. 4
*Has a medical school **Includes full-service institutions only
Top 10 Universities by Growth**
2012 Rank Research Intensity
Research ($ per full-time faculty)
Intensity Overall University $000
1 1 University of Toronto* $422.3
2 4 McGill University* $296.1
3 3 Université de Montréal* $280.0
4 5 University of Alberta* $273.4
5 2 University of British Columbia* $246.5
6 6 McMaster University* $239.4
7 8 University of Ottawa* $236.8
8 7 Université Laval* $229.6
9 14 University of Guelph $214.0
10 12 Queen’s University* $206.2
*Has a medical school **Includes full-service institutions only
Top 10 Research Intensive Universities**
Province of Total
Ontario ( 18) 40
Quebec ( 13) 27
British Columbia ( 4) 12
Alberta ( 3) 11
Top 50 – Leading Provinces
2012 Research Income
Rank University $000
1 University of Toronto* $1,038,390
2 University of British Columbia* $585,154
3 Université de Montréal* $526,213
4 McGill University* $483,527
5 University of Alberta* $452,436
6 McMaster University* $325,156
7 Université Laval* $302,783
8 University of Ottawa* $302,341
9 University of Calgary* $282,771
10 Western University* $241,095
11 Université de Sherbrooke* $185,222
12 Queen’s University* $168,025
13 University of Saskatchewan* $166,677
14 University of Guelph $161,172
15 University of Manitoba* $159,763
16 Dalhousie University* $140,099
17 University of Waterloo $137,006
18 Memorial University of
19 University of Victoria $103,007
*Has a medical school
The $100 Million Club
Again this year, INRS University
ranks first in Canada in its category
in terms of research intensity thanks
to the excellence of its professors.
Taking a multidisciplinary approach
to fundamental and applied research,
INRS research teams play a critical role in
the advancement of science both in Canada
and around the world as well as in the training
of highly qualified researchers.
Congratulations to all our researchers!
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Newest member of the
$100 Million Club.
According to RE$EARCH Infosource, Memorial is the No. 1 university by growth and the only new member of the $100 Million Club.
Sure, that’s one way to measure our research excellence. But it’s not our only badge of honour. Memorial’s researchers are making waves
in the fields of oceans and marine, genetic research, energy, environment and natural resources. Together with industry, government
and community groups, our researchers are facilitating the safe and sustainable development of Arctic and offshore resources.
Research at Memorial is innovative, engaged and serves the greater good of the province while playing a critical role in the future
of Canada’s sovereignty in the North.
Get a deeper perspective at www.mun.ca/100club.