USask receives record $417M in awarded research funding in 2023/24

SASKATOON—The University of Saskatchewan (USask) set a new benchmark in the institution’s history, attracting $417 million in awarded research funding in the 2023/2024 fiscal year.

That amount is the highest-ever awarded in a single year in the university’s history and is a testament to both the quality and quantity of research being conducted across campus.

This unprecedented success for USask can be attributed to a variety of factors, including:

  • several large-scale, interdisciplinary research grants from provincial and federal funding agencies and industry partners,
  • an increase in Tri-Council funding – grants and other supports from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and
  • an increase in awarded research funding from other government, international, and industry sources, made possible by the collaborative efforts of USask's Government Relations and University Relations bodies.

The record research funding is distributed across all USask’s colleges, affiliated research centres and diverse areas of expertise. Funding to support both new research and new projects as well as to bolster USask’s current research infrastructure and ecosystem contributed to the record-setting year.

“USask faculty, staff and students continue to excel in their research, scholarly and artistic work activity, reflected in this record-setting year of $417M in funding. This new achievement is a reminder that through innovative research across a very broad range of disciplines USask is making good on its aspiration to be the university the world needs.”

  • Peter Stoicheff, USask President

“Crossing the threshold of $400 million in awarded research funding in a single year for the first time shows the strength of USask’s continually growing research landscape. This success is a testament to the researchers, staff, and faculty who have worked hard in our pursuit of innovation in the heart of Saskatchewan. The sky is truly the limit for both new and existing research, scholarly and artistic work on this campus and in this province, and I am excited to keep this momentum moving forward into the years to come.”

  • Baljit Singh (PhD), USask Vice-President Research


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