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SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

A functioning and resilient infrastructure is the foundation of every successful community. To meet future challenges, our industries and infrastructure must be upgraded. Goal 9 ensures the promotion of innovative sustainable technologies and ensures equal and universal access to information and financial markets, bringing prosperity, creating jobs and making sure that we build stable and prosperous societies across the globe.

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

York funds interdisciplinary research to advance SDGs

Pictured here: York University’s Keele Campus.

Through the Catalyzing Interdisciplinary Research Clusters (CIRC) program, York University has dedicated $4.05 million to support critical research that contributes to progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). “It is critical now more than ever for York to support novel interdisciplinary research collaborations that drive innovative solutions to these grand challenges,” says York President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton. Seven projects have received $150,000 in funding over three years and another six were awarded $100,000 over two years. This research tackles topics from information and communications technology to clean technologies, epidemic response and recovery and infectious disease control.



publications relevant

to SDG 9


Funding/Investment received
by start-ups





An increase of 38.6%


of publications
co-authored with
international institutions

Start-up ventures supported:




received annually over three years starting in 2020 from Research Impact Canada (RIC) (a York-founded pan-Canadian initiative)


in funding received and increase by the Government of Canada in 2021 through the Future Skills Centre for 2022-23

Top 2

in Canada for receiving Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grants. (2012-2022)

Revenue generated
by start-ups





An increase of 372%


cohorts of funded York Research Chairs since launching in 2015, with 54 appointments in 2022


new and renewed Canada Research Chair positions since 2018


in funding received by 2021-22 from Government of Canada Tri-Council, a 17.38% increase in 2021-22


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