Thompson Rivers University cracked the list of Canada's top 50 research universities in 2023 with $8.5 million in sponsored research funding.

Being on the list is a first for TRU, which ranked 49th on Research Infosource's annual list of the country's best research universities.

According to TRU, the ranking system evaluates universities based on sponsored research funding, weighing factors such as research intensity per faculty member and graduate student, total number of publications, publication intensity, and publication impact.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top 50 Universities for 2023,” said Shannon Wagner, vice-president of research at TRU.

“This distinction attests to the high caliber of research conducted by our faculty and students.”

Total revenue from TRU-sponsored research is valued at $8.5 million and includes all funds that support research, such as grants, contracts, or contributions from sources outside the institution.

The university ranked second at the undergraduate level in research revenue growth between fiscal year 2021 and fiscal year 2022, increasing 29.9 percent.

Compared to other universities at this level, TRU's research intensity per faculty member ranked 14th at $50,000 and 17th per graduate student at $9,000, according to the university.

TRU said some of the highlights of TRU's research funding for this period include $1.5 million to expand a peer mentoring program for early childhood educators, $850,000 to build a world-class genomics laboratory, a new and renewed Canada Research Chair and a $1 million endowment. for developing climate-resilient livestock.

The TRU Board of Governors recently gave final approval to the creation of its new research institute in Forest Fire Science, Adaptation and Resilience.

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