Ryerson had a 15-year cumulative research income of $318,325,000 reflecting nearly 400 per cent in income growth since fiscal year 2000. In addition to a top spot in the undergraduate category of producing publications, it was also first in growth of peer-reviewed publications with a remarkable increase of 764 per cent over the last 15 years.

In association with its 15th anniversary of producing Canada’s research ranking guide, Research Infosource shines the spotlight on the performance of the Top 50 universities over a 15-year period in terms of attracting research income and producing peer-reviewed academic publications. Other top place winners for research income over 15 years are: University of Toronto under the medical/doctoral tier and the University of Guelph under the comprehensive tier. The other top place winners for research publications over 15 years are: University of Toronto (medical/doctoral) and University of Waterloo (comprehensive).

Due to Ryerson’s continued and strong growth, Research Infosource has recognized the university’s transition from a primarily undergraduate university in research to a comprehensive research university as of fiscal 2015. “It is rare for universities to change from one tier to the other, but Ryerson has clearly demonstrated an increase in their research income and activity as well as the number of master and doctorate programs offered and now is more in line with other Comprehensive universities than Undergraduate ones,” said Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource Inc. The organization’s annual research rankings measure both financial input and research output as well as impact and quality measures.

“Ryerson University is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university,” said Usha George, interim vice-president, research and innovation, Ryerson University. “Our tremendous growth and excellence in research is due in large part to the efforts of our faculty. Our success also stems from fostering a culture of interdisciplinary inquiry, innovation and creativity.”

Looking at fiscal year 2015 rankings, Research Infosource noted that Ryerson bucked the trend of most Ontario universities by showing an increase in research income of 9.9 per cent, ranking third in the province and eighth nationally in research income growth. Combined Ontario research income growth was flat at just a growth of 0.2 percent. Eleven of 18 universities ranked in Ontario experienced a decrease in research income. Nationally, there was also minimal growth with an increase in research income growth of just 0.6 per cent.

Ryerson University is ranked 26th overall in the top 50 research universities 2016, a move up of one spot compared to last year.

For more information on research university rankings: Research Infosource Top 50.