McMaster named Canada's most research-intensive university

By Lori Dillon, October 26, 2017

McMaster continues to lead in university rankings – this time being recognized as Canada’s most research-intensive university in the 2017 Research Infosource rankings released today.

With a total research income of $354.6 million, up from $324.6 million last year, McMaster outpaced its peers in research-intensity, averaging $405,300 per faculty member – more than double the national average.

The University also placed first in three additional Research Infosource rankings – one measuring research-intensity per graduate student, topping more than $81,000 per student; and two related to corporate income.

Looking at corporate research income over a five-year period (2012-2016), McMaster earned the top spot in total research income among medical/doctoral schools, bringing in close to $480 million. Over that same time period, it placed first in the category measuring corporate research income as a percentage of total income, with more than 29% coming from corporate investments.

Rob Baker, vice-president of research, says the rankings speak directly to the reputation we’ve built as a valued partner in research.

“It’s a remarkable testament to our talented researchers who continue to attract significant funding across the disciplines,” he says, adding there are tremendous benefits that come from these investments and partnerships. “Not only do they open up training opportunities for our students, but they ensure our work is having an impact and contributing to Canada’s competitiveness.”

Research Infosource figures are based on 2016 financial data obtained from Statistics Canada.