Research & Innovation

Research Vision

York is committed to excellence in research and scholarship in all its forms. Informed by a strong commitment to shared values, including the promotion of social justice, diversity, and the public good, we aspire through our research to better understand the human condition and the world around us and to employ the knowledge we gain in the service of society. Intensive engagement in research is a core institutional value that permeates the fabric of the University, and it is this foundation on which York’s vibrant and exciting academic environment is built.

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A message from the Vice-President Research & Innovation

Excellence and diversity in research is central to York’s mission and is fundamental to the university’s ability to contribute to the economic, scientific, cultural and social health of our society.  York has long-standing research specialization in areas ranging from space science and engineering, ...

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2 Minutes, 3 Questions video Series

The popular 2 Minutes, 3 Questions video series, launched in 2017, offers compelling interviews with York’s researchers and academics about the significance and impact of their work. 

To watch more videos from the 2 Minutes, 3 Questions video series, check out our Youtube channel.

Research & Innovation at a Glance

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World ranking “high”
York’s research output ranked “very high” (QS World University Rankings, 2020).

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No. 1
For the last 7 years, York ranked first in Ontario for global collaborative research publications. Nearly 60% of York’s publications have international co-authorship (SciVal, 2019-2020). 

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39 CRCs
York has this allocation of  Canada Research Chairs and 43 York Research Chairs – a number that has increased tenfold since the start of the program in 2015.

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No. 1
York has ranked first in economics , econometrics & finance; & business & economics (SciVal 2019-2020)

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No. 1
York’s ranking in social sciences & humanities publications in terms of the % & no. of publications, comprehensive category, 2013-2017 (Research Infosource, 2019).

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$100+ M
earned by York researchers in grants & awards (2018-2019). SSHRC funding rose 46%; NSERC grew by nearly 43%; & CIHR funding was up 24% (comparing 2017-2018 to 2018-2019).

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Top 3
ranking of @YUResearch compared to other Canadian university research Twitter accounts, no. of followers, with a potential reach of 4.5+ million (2020).

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$11M+
Innovation York has raised; & generated $8.5M+ in revenue; as well as supported 165+ start-up ventures, which created 167+ jobs.  

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Get to know more about our research strengths and opportunities in the Strategic Research Plan for 2018 - 2023