Research Infosource Inc. Releases Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List 2007

    Total Research Income Exceeds $5.5 Billion
    Toronto, Guelph and Royal Military Named Research Universities of the

    TORONTO, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - In Fiscal 2006, Canada's top 50 research
universities reported $5.53 billion in sponsored research income, a 6.4%
increase over Fiscal 2005, doubling last year's growth of 3.2%. Sponsored
research income includes both government and non-government sources. The
lion's share of sponsored research income at Canadian universities continued
to come from Government sources, accounting for 69% in 2006. Corporate sources
made up 13%, while non-corporate sources (individuals, foundations, etc.)
contributed 14% of the total. Investments/endowments and other income made up
the remainder.
    The University of Toronto remained in top position on Canada's Top 50
Research Universities List 2007, reporting $763.5 million in sponsored
research income for Fiscal 2006, increasing 7.7% over Fiscal 2005. Increasing
their research income by 4.2% over last year, Université de Montréal
maintained 2nd spot again this year, with $447.2 million. University of
British Columbia was No. 3, moving up 2 spots from last year with
$422 million, an increase of 17.4%. McGill University came in 4th, down from
3rd last year with $397.1 million of research income, with a decrease in
income of -6.1% over 2005. University of Alberta's research income also
declined this year by -3.5% moving them down 1 spot to 5th place with $382.8
million. McMaster University had a -3.9% decline in sponsored research income
but maintained their 6th place ranking with $331.6 million. University of
Calgary also posted a negative growth this year of -3.4%, maintaining their
position at 7th with $262.2 million. Université Laval picked up a spot moving
from 9th last year to 8th with $258.9 million and a year over year growth of
12.1%. University of Ottawa dropped a spot to 9th from 8th with $244 million
and University of Western Ontario rounded off the top 10 research universities
with $225.9 million and a substantial increase of 25.6%.
    "All in all this was a solid year for research income growth across the
country. University research is humming along," said Ron Freedman, CEO of
Research Infosource.
    Ranking universities by sponsored research income growth for Fiscal 2006,
the top 5 gainers (universities that increased their sponsored research income
the most) included Laurentian University (133.0%), Ecole de technologie
supérieure (106.1%), University of Northern British Columbia (90.2%), Trent
University (80.8%) and Saint Mary's University (43.6%). The 5 largest declines
were at Wilfrid Laurier University (-10.4%), Lakehead University (-9.2%),
University of Regina (-8.4%), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (-6.8%)
and McGill University (-6.1%).
    Research intensity (sponsored research income per full-time faculty)
increased by 3.9% in Fiscal 2006, reaching an average of $155,600 per faculty
position. Seven full-service institutions posted intensity levels in excess of
$200,000 per faculty, up from 6 universities last year: University of Toronto
($323,400), McMaster University ($290,900), McGill University ($259,100),
University of Alberta ($252,200), University of Ottawa ($239,200), Université
de Montréal ($237,000) and Queen's University ($219,300).
    For the regional picture, in Fiscal 2006, B.C.'s four universities took
in $606.9 million in sponsored research income, an increase of 21.7% over 2005
for 11% of the overall total. Alberta's three institutions took in
$658.9 million, down -3.3% over last year for 12% of the total. Saskatchewan's
2 universities posted a decline of -4.2% in sponsored research income with
$129.8 million for 2% of the total. Manitoba, also with two institutions,
declined by -4.6% in sponsored research income in 2006 with $144.2 million, 3%
of the total. Ontario's 17 universities took in $2.3 billion, an increase of
8.9%, representing 42% of the total. Quebec's 12 universities increased their
income this year by 2.9%, receiving $1.4 billion. New Brunswick's two
institutions posted $52.7 million, up 12.5%. PEI with its one university
received $12.7 million, up a substantial 30.1% this year. Nova Scotia's 6
institutions took in $140.3 million, up 5.2% and Newfoundland, with one
university posted $77.2 million in sponsored research income, an increase of

    Research University of the Year

    The University of Toronto, University of Guelph and Royal Military
College of Canada were named "Research Universities of the Year" in their
respective categories by Research Infosource Inc., which today also released
Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List 2007.
    For Research University of the Year, in the Medical/Doctoral category,
University of Toronto came 1st with 100 points, McGill University was 2nd with
74.3 points, and University of British Columbia was 3rd with 67.2 points. The
University of Guelph topped the Comprehensive category with 83.6 points
followed by University of Waterloo with 78.9 points, and University of
Victoria rounded out the category with 68.8 points. In the Undergraduate
category, Royal Military College of Canada was in 1st place with 77.2 points,
Trent University came 2nd with 76.1 points, and University of Northern British
Columbia was 3rd with 65.4 points. Half the points were awarded based on
financial indicators and the other half based on research output and impact
    Canada's Top 50 Research Universities 2007 and Research Universities of
the Year 2007 and analysis are available on the Research Infosource website, The data were obtained from Statistics Canada and
the Research Infosource Canadian University R&D database. An in-depth Canada's
Top Research Universities Report 2006, based on 69 universities is slated for
publication later this year. Research Infosource Inc., a division of The
Impact Group, is Canada's source of R&D intelligence. Drawing from extensive
databases, Research Infosource Inc. publishes Canada's Top 100 Corporate R&D
Spenders List, Canada's Top 50 Research Universities List, and specialized

For further information:

For further information: Ron Freedman, CEO, Research Infosource Inc.,
(416) 481-7070 ext. 31; Janet Sandor, Director of Communications, (416)
481-7070 ext. 25

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