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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.

Canada Foundation for Innovation

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is a non-profit corporation that invests in research infrastructure at Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions. Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has supported researchers with the cutting-edge facilities, laboratories and equipment they need to push the frontiers of knowledge in all disciplines, to discover and to innovate. This has allowed Canada’s bright minds to contribute to creating a better world, with evidence-based policy-making, better health outcomes, a cleaner, greener environment, more vibrant cultures and more competitive Canadian businesses.

CFI's Research Facilities Navigator is a directory of publicly funded research facilities that are opening their doors to collaborations with industry, academia and government. Launched in 2013, the Navigator’s unique platform helps researchers locate and connect with research expertise, state-of-the-art equipment and labs located in universities, colleges, hospitals and federal government facilities from across Canada. Eligible SFU researchers are encouraged to create (and keep up-to-date) their research facilities profiles. Learn more about eligibility and how to create or edit a profile.

The CFI Innovation Fund provides investments in infrastructure, across the full spectrum of research, from the most fundamental to applied through to technology development. Projects funded through the Innovation Fund will help Canada remain at the forefront of exploration and knowledge generation while making meaningful contributions to generating social, health, environmental and economic benefits and addressing global challenges.

See the list of SFU funded projects on the Canada Foundation for Innovation website.

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.