Research Top Five

Say hello to Canada's youngest top five research university.

We're making history with forward-thinking ideas.

Great communities are anchored by great research universities.

For the first time, the University of Calgary has ranked in the top five of Canada’s top research universities in Re$earch Infosource Inc.’s latest Top 50 Research Universities list released on Jan. 25, 2022. UCalgary is the youngest university in the top five.

As a Top 5 research university, we're committed to sharing new knowledge and discoveries generously. Our scholars are working to address society's challenges proactively and making a positive impact in the world around us. 

UCalgary’s fifth-place rank among Canadian universities is based on the $457 million of sponsored research income generated in 2019-20. Since the submission of this data, UCalgary has also publicized the institution’s 2021 sponsored research income total of $504 million — a 10.3 per cent increase over 2019-

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Research Infosource
504m in research funding
575 postdocs
#1 startup creator
113 inventions
#1 Collaboration growth
#3 International collaboration
#2 Research intensity



Take a minute to celebrate with us!

We're excited to share this milestone with our community. Watch our announcement video and learn more about what it takes to be a Top 5 research university. 

What do we mean by impact?

Dr. William Ghali, Vice-President (Research) shares UCalgary’s commitment to research impact and the importance of engaging with the community for research. Watch the video to learn more. 

“When we announced our Eyes High vision to become recognized as a top-five research university, we knew it was an ambitious goal – but we also knew it was achievable. I am thrilled that this recognition is starting to be realized by objective ranking systems. I congratulate the campus community on this achievement. It was a collective effort, and we share in this success and all that will come next.”

Dr. Ed McCauley

President and Vice-Chancellor

Eyes High

Eyes High

The University of Calgary's Eyes High strategic direction serves as a beacon for change, for elevating excellence and for building a strong community around a shared future state. 

Research Plan

Research Plan

The new knowledge we create through cutting-edge research results in societal impact and leads to positive change in our communities. Our Research Plan articulates our three Research Priorities.

Academic Plan

Academic Plan

The Academic Plan includes three academic priorities: prioritizing people, connecting communities, and driving innovation. These are connected through the value propositions of student experience and impact.

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