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:

  • Research Infosource ranked Lakehead University #1 in Canada in its category for not-for-profit research income in 2021.
  • Over the past 20 years, Lakehead’s external research funding has increased 138% from $9.7 million in 2001-02 to $23.1 million in 2021-22
  • Lakehead had 172 unique research partnerships in 2021-2022 (includes municipal, government (excluding tri-agency), not-for-profit, business/industry and Indigenous groups) 
  • Lakehead University had 25 research chairs in 2021-22 
  • Over the past 10 years, the number of full-time graduate students increased by 86%


A highly skilled and dedicated team of experts, including

  • 10 Canada Research Chairs
  • 2 NOHFC Industrial Research Chairs
  • 5 Lakehead University/Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute Research (TBRHRI) Chairs
  • 17 Lakehead Research Chairs (past and current)


A dedication to six strategic research priorities:

  • Cultures, Societies, and Social Justice
  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Research
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Informatics, New Materials and Technologies
  • Sustainability, Resources, and the Environment