Facts and Figures

Research at Lakehead: A Commitment to Discovery, Innovation, and Achievement

In recent years, Lakehead has markedly proven its commitment to research and innovation through:

  • Securing $22 million in external research dollars in 2014-15 (up from $5.8 million in 2001)
  • In Re$earch Infosource's 2015 rankings list, Lakehead University is ranked number one in Canada for research in the category of undergraduate universities
  • Recognition over the past decade as one of the “Top Three Research Performers” in Canada, in the undergraduate category for Research Intensity Growth and Research Publication Growth (Re$earch Infosource Inc., 2010)
  • Acquiring $1.2 million in CIHR, $2.9 million in NSERC, and $1.2 million in SSHRC funding (2014-2015)
  • Ranking first in Total Research Dollars among Ontario's primarily undergraduate universities (Maclean's, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Ranked 1st, among Ontario's primarily undergraduate universities, in Social Sciences and Humanities Grants (Maclean's 2011, 2013, 2014)
  • Maintaining 12 specialized research centres and laboratories, including our Biorefining Research Institute and world-class Paleo-DNA Laboratory
  • Ranked 1st for Publishing in Aboriginal Studies (2012)
  • Economic Impact on communities of Thunder Bay and Orillia totalling $360 million (2015)
  • Ranked among Top 10 Most Inventive Universities (by income) in Canada (Impact Group, 2012)

A highly skilled and dedicated team of experts, including

  • Nine Canada Research Chairs (plus two being recruited)
  • One Biorefining Research Chair and one currently being recruited
  • 10 Lakehead Research Chairs (past and current)
  • The success of seven spin-off companies, numerous patents, and invention disclosures

A dedication to six strategic research priorities:

  • Advanced Systems & Technologies
  • Cultures, Societies & Social Justice
  • The Environment & Natural Resources
  • First Nation, Metis & Inuit (Aboriginal) Research
  • Health Research Across the Life Span
  • Northern Studies