Although most research institutes do not have the recognition they deserve, they are prolific centers of innovation; they have no teaching obligations, which means they can focus on research.
Times Higher Education (THE) published its 2018 ranking of the best research institutes. Unlike the university rankings, institutions from Mexico, Spain, Norway, Finland and Canada reached the top 20.
Although most research institutes do not have the recognition they deserve, they are prolific centers of innovation. Generally, these institutes have no teaching obligations, which means they can focus on research.
Research institutes are diverse, and their activities vary according to their mission. Some centers conduct ambitious long-term research with uncertain returns, while others focus on short-term market-oriented research, development work, problem-solving tasks, or technical assistance.
Top 20 research institutes acording to THE
American Cancer Society - United States
Broad Institute - United States
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research - United States
International Agency for Research on Cancer - France
National Institute of Psychiatry Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz - Mexico
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute - United Kingdom
Cancer Registry of Norway Institute of Population-Based Cancer Research - Norway
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health - Finland
CREAL - Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology - Spain
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - United States
Howard Hughes Medical Institute - United States
European Molecular Biology Laboratory - Germany
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research - Canada
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory - United States
CRP-Santé - Luxembourg
International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research Bangladesh - Bangladesh
Netherlands Institute for Developmental Biology - Netherlands
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics - Switzerland
FOM - Institute of Subatomic Physics - NIKHEF - Netherlands
Institut Gustave Roussy - France
In Latin America, the National Institute of Psychiatry Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz (INPRFM) stands out in fifth place. Its research focuses on Biological Sciences and Mental Illness, Neuropharmacology and Neurogenesis, Genetics, Pharmacogenetics, Neurochemistry, Molecular Neurobiology and Neurochemistry of Addictions, among others.
This classification is based on the influence of the institutes' citations between 2013 and 2017. THE researchers point out that although there are many medical centers in the ranking, this is a reflection of their abundance and quality.