The University of Waterloo has been designated Research University of the Year in the Canadian universities comprehensive tier by Research Infosource Inc. for the 14th consecutive year. 

Waterloo also ranked 13th in Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities for sponsored research income with more than $211 million. Among comprehensive universities, Waterloo placed first for corporate research income with more than $31 million. 

President and Vice-Chancellor of Waterloo Vivek Goel, says the University’s research excellence is supported by industry partnerships that create opportunities to generate new knowledge and solve increasingly complex, real-world problems. 

“Waterloo researchers excel in a unique environment that integrates experiential education and entrepreneurship with disciplinary and interdisciplinary research,” Goel says. “Our commitment to solving the most complex challenges of our time is shaped by fundamental and applied research excellence and our deep industry and community partnerships.” 

Waterloo’s consistent ranking as Canada’s most comprehensive research university is a testament to the University’s strategic priority to advance research for global impact. 

The announcement by Research Infosource marks the 20th anniversary edition of Canada’s Innovation Leaders 2021. 

“We are delighted to receive this recognition as a leader in research excellence among Canadian comprehensive universities once again. I would also like to congratulate the team at Research Infosource as they celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of Canada’s Innovation Leaders,” says Charmaine Dean, vice-president of Research and International at Waterloo. 

Research Infosource’s Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities rankings are based on a balanced set of impact measures that distinguishes exceptional achievement in research income and publishing research in leading scientific journals. 

"Since its establishment, the University of Waterloo has built an unparalleled culture of research, innovation and entrepreneurship. That is reflected both in its funding inputs and publication outputs, and in its real-world impact," says Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource.