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Research Excellence

Simon Fraser University delivers excellence in research, innovation and sustainability, around the world.  Building on a solid foundation of fundamental research, our researchers are committed to challenging conventions, celebrating new ideas and embracing unconventional partnerships. 

Fellows and College Members of the Royal Society of Canada

65 SFU faculty members have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada, the country's highest academic accolade.

Visit the Royal Society of Canada website to see the full list of SFU faculty that have been named Fellows and College Members.

Canada 150 Research Chairs

The Canada 150 Research Chairs Program, announced in Budget 2017, invests $117.6 million to enhance Canada's reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. It provides Canadian institutions with a one-time investment to attract top-tier, internationally based scholars and researchers to Canada.


SFU’s Canada 150 Research Chairs
Caroline Colijn, Imperial College mathematician holds the Chair in Mathematics for Infection, Evolution and Public Health, in the Department of Mathematics.
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun holds the Chair in New Media.

SFU's Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program invests up to $311 million per year to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.

See the full list of SFU's current chairholders on the CRC website.

See SFU's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan for the Canada Research Chair Program.

Distinguished SFU Professors

As a joint initiative of SFU’s Vice-President, Academic and Provost and the Vice-President, Research and International, the Distinguished SFU Professor program recognizes SFU research faculty members of distinction who have achieved exceptional performance and distinguished accomplishments relative to their rank and years of service.

Learn more and see the list of our Distinguished SFU Professors.

SFU's Scholarly Impact of the Week

We are celebrating and raising the profile of scholarly milestones and research impacts from across the SFU research community. SFU's Scholarly Impact of the Week is selected by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and International to celebrate scholarly milestones and research impacts from across the SFU research community. Learn more.