Research Excellence


UBC consistently ranks as one of the world’s top research universities.

Globally connected, we attract the highest calibre research faculty and students and approximately $600 million in research funding each year.

In partnership with universities, industries, government and communities worldwide, our research discoveries are hugely influential. They are advancing new knowledge and have led to countless new products, treatments and services.

Thanks to researchers at our two campuses and affiliated teaching hospitals, UBC ideas, innovations and discoveries are improving lives around the world.


Spotlight Areas

See where our research is leading

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News + Events

The latest research announcements from across UBC

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 Faculties, Centres + Institutes

The home of our research activities

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Awards + Honours

Recognizing UBC research excellence

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Shaping UBC's next Century

UBC is proud to launch its new strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century. Discover how Research Excellence serves as one of the four core areas of the strategic plan.


UBC research by the numbers

 Global Player


THE Ranking, 2018


ARWU Ranking, 2017

Top 20

public universities in the world


North America's most international university, 2017 THE international rankings 


UBC publications in SciVal (2012-2016) with international co-authors


international students from 162 countries

Outstanding Research


UBC faculty among 2017 Highly Cited Researchers 


Canada Research Chairs

1 of 6

Killam research institutes


Associated Nobel laureates 


Royal Society of Canada fellows


Rhodes scholars

Innovation Hub


annual research budget for 8,808 projects 


faculty members + 8,000+ clinical faculty


graduate students


spin-off companies 

$11 billion

estimated sales generated by UBC discoveries


industry-sponsored research collaborations in FY2017

Last updated: June 2017

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