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Strategic Research Plan

Progress on the Strategic Research Plan

Status updates on implementation of key objectives of the SRP as of February 2014.

During the past eighteen months, many elements of the plan have been implemented. The following tables, separated by section, outline the SRP’s 21 key recommendations and indicates progress towards the implementation of this 5-year plan.

Key Recommendations


1. Increase the university’s ability to assess weaknesses, opportunities and strengths for establishing planning and priorities.


2. Identify key performance indicators and an appropriate set of metrics to inform decision-making and investments.

Initial metrics identified in support of the Strategic Framework; further development in coming year

3. Develop a performance monitoring template, where research performance and successes in meeting targets will be closely tracked and develop a best-in-class tracking system.

Initial metrics identified in

support of the Strategic Framework

Processes/Mechanisms to Advance Research

Key Recommendations



4. Invest in, and implement, an electronic research project management system (TRAQ).

On track for completion as per TRAQ timeline

5. Ensure timely communication and effective internal processes to convey information to the research community on changes to programs, policies and guidelines.


6. Strengthen internal and external research communications, including development of a new VPR website, producing strategic publications and promoting research excellence, accomplishments and impacts.

Research magazine created; VPR website development in coming year

7. Explore options for providing expert, responsive and responsible services for support of major projects and new programs.

Facilitators provide expert support to researchers; further activities resource constrained

8. Provide opportunities for students at all levels and in all academic areas to participate in research (e.g., Undergraduate student summer fellowship; Inquiry@Queen’s). 

Completed; other opportunities sought over time

9. Foster the development of coordinated and collaborative management systems to ensure the sustainability of on and off-campus research infrastructure.

eQUIP Task Force has been amalgamated with University

Research Services to facilitate this objective 


Key Recommendations



10. Foster knowledge translation where the outcomes of our research can benefit society. We are committed to advancing innovation through knowledge translation, commercialization, and through the development of Innovation Park.

Strong Industry Partnerships team in-place; engaging student entrepreneurs through Queen’s Innovation Connector; revitalized PARTEQ Board in-place; renewed efforts to expand Innovation Park governance with City and industry partners

11. Explore evolving emphasis on Open Access and new income models for peer-reviewed scholarly publishing.

VPR is participating in the TriAgency Open Access Policy consultation in conjunction with the University Librarian and Chief Information Officer

Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Research

Key Recommendations



12. Undertake a full review of the policy associated with the establishment and continued operation of Research Centres and Institutes.

Task force created and progressing

13. Establish an Institute for Advanced Research/Studies. The Institute will fulfill the mandate for developing a dynamic and evolving program focused on research excellence that is driven by the community of scholars and researchers drawn to the Institute responding to the most important questions and challenges.


In exploration stage; initial donor interest identified

Global Engagement and Internationalization

Key Recommendations



14. Develop greater institutional coordination for global engagement and internationalization.

Ongoing; participating in International Strategy Group;

supporting Matariki Network

faculty initiatives

15. Increase global engagement by developing and expanding international research collaborations, partnerships and international development work.

Ongoing; recently, relationships have been established and developed in Japan, Germany and China 

Research Leadership and Excellence

Key Recommendations



16. Develop and promote research leadership through achievements in excellence, CRCs, endowed and named chairs, and sponsored research chairs.

Proportion of appointments on target for this year (e.g., CRCs, CERCs)

17. Review all internal research award programs and identify new ways to support programs.

Senate Advisory Research Committee reviewing internal awards and Subcommittee structure

18. Reinstate the Queen’s National Scholar program.

Reinstated and on track

19. Phase out the Queen’s Research Chairs program and introduce a Research Leaders award.

Priority for second phase of implementation

20. Establish Chancellors/University Professorships in recognition of a sustained career of accomplishment in scholarly and research activities and in leadership in advancing the university’s research reputation.

Development process well underway

21. Increase the number of Research Excellence Prizes to up to five awarded each year, one in each of the five fields of health sciences, natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities.


Future Milestones

In the coming 12-24 months, the VPR portfolio will continue to build on the aforementioned progress and momentum achieved since the revision of the SRP, while striving to implement areas which have yet to be addressed or are in preliminary stages of implementation. In particular, we are keen to develop metrics further and advance the concept of an Institute for Advance Research/Studies (IARS).


As part of our continued efforts to measure institutional progress on our research priorities, the Vice-Principal (Research) is working to identify key performance indicators and use appropriate metrics to inform decision-making and investments. These efforts will be aligned with the continued development of the Strategic Framework and associated metrics.

Institute for Advanced Research/Studies

A significant initiative being undertaken by the VPR portfolio is the creation of the IARS. The IARS will promote exchange amongst members of the research community with a focus on research excellence, which is driven by researchers and scholars engaged with the Institute. The Terms of Reference and mandate for this initiative have been developed, and the Committee that will advance the establishment of the Institute has been struck.