With annual research funding in excess of $240 million and an international reputation for success, Western University ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. By defining Western's signature research areas, we recognize the significant success of our researchers in building strong collaborative initiatives with existing and broadly acknowledged international reputations. Western’s signature areas of established and emerging strength have been defined as:
As part of the University's core mission as a leading research-intensive university, Western has committed to investing in established areas of internationally recognized programs of research excellence. In 2013, the University introduced the Western Clusters of Research Excellence (WCRE) and Western Research Chairs programs, eventually naming clusters in Cognitive Neuroscience, based in the Brain & Mind Institute, and in Musculoskeletal Health, based in the Bone & Joint Institute. Further information about the program can be found by visiting the WCRE website.
The University Research Board's Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities Task Force has issued its final report outlining recommendations for advancing research in humanities and social sciences-based disciplines at Western.