Research by the Numbers

USask research is driving the discoveries, innovations and creative outputs the world needs. 

Explore USask's 2023-24 research funding, patents, international contracts and more


$323.9 million in research revenue

A historic amount reflecting an $85 million increase over the previous year.

$417 million in awarded research

The highest amount ever awarded to USask in a single year.


21 new invention disclosures

From across six colleges and schools at USask, these disclosures represent the first time a researcher reports an invention to the OVPR. 

172 active patent families

After first filing, a single patent expands into a larger family of patents as it is filed in multiple jurisdictions globally.

61 aspiring entrepreneurs in 24 ventures

Entrepreneurs and their ventures are supported by Opus - USask's pre-accelerator program.

117 active licenses under management

Legal agreements allow an outside party to use a USask invention.

Facilities and People

Four National Research Facilities

USask is home to several industry-leading research facilties, funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) Major Science Initiatives Fund (MSIF). These include: 

17 Canada Research Chairs

These federally-funded positions attract the world's most accomplished and promising minds in engineering and natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.

4,630 graduate students and 324 postdoctoral fellows

USask is proud to be home to an international community of postdoctoral scholars and growing numbers of graduate students, of which 38 per cent are international and nine per cent self-declare as Indigenous.


53 inbound visiting delegations from over 20 countries

Hosting international delegations at USask fosters opportunities for cross-border collaboration, research and education.

300 international agreements with over 200 entities in more than 60 countries

International agreements garner meaningful partnerships that accelerate USask's RSAW mission at home and around the world.


Times Higher Education (THE) 2024 World University Rankings

USask was ranked in the 351-400 tier, a significant improvement and multi-tier jump from rankings in the 501-600 tier the previous year, and the university's best performance in this ranking. 

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2024 World University Ranking

USask was ranked at 345th in the world, a significant increase of 128 positions from the year prior (473rd). Once again, this is USask's best performance in this global ranking.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2024 Sustainability Rankings

USask was ranked 89th in the world in the sustainability rankings, an increase of two positions from the previous year, and another instance of USask performing at its best in this ranking.