For the seventh year running, the University of Waterloo is Research University of the Year among comprehensive universities in Canada, according to rankings published by RE$EARCH Infosource Inc.

The University of Waterloo, which attracted more than $166 million, reported a 22 per cent annual increase in research funding - the biggest jump for the 50 universities ranked.

"This recognition is the result of so much hard work by tireless researchers who are finding innovative ways to improve lives, change the way we see the world and address the challenges of today and the future," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor at Waterloo.

Kirstin Marks

Sponsored research income includes all funds that support research received in the form of a grant, contribution or contract from sources external to the university.

Science, technology and innovation

Considered one of Canada's leading consulting firms for organizations with interests in science, technology, and innovation, RE$EARCH Infosource ranks top research universities in three categories: Medical/Doctoral, Comprehensive, and Undergraduate. Other universities in the comprehensive category include Simon Fraser University and University of Victoria.

The group scores institutions based on research input as well as impact. Waterloo jumped ahead five spots overall and is now ranked 12th among the Top 50 universities ranked.

The majority of university research is conducted at institutions in the Medical/Doctoral category. Universities with medical schools accounted for 16 of the top 20 overall research universities according to this year’s ranking.