Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

UPDATE — Strategic Research Plan Renewal

2018-02-01 The Queen’s Strategic Research Plan (SRP) is a foundational governing document that supports and guides the institutional research mission. SRPs are required by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat for all universities that participate in the CRC, C150, CFREF and CERC programs. The current iteration of the Queen’s SRP is being updated to reflect the diversity, breadth and depth of scholarship across the academy, to identify current thematic research foci at Queen’s and to highlight priorities that have emerged. The SRP embraces a deep commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Over the past year, consultations have been held to gather feedback from numerous stakeholders to help inform the progress of the SRP renewal. Consultations have included submissions from each faculty dean on priority and emerging research strengths, ongoing sessions with associate deans of research, faculty and departmental groups, and engagement with the AMS and SGPS executives, library leadership, and the Equity Office. Continued engagement will occur over the next several weeks to help shape the final iteration of the 2018 SRP. The Advisory Writing Group has received an initial draft of the 2018 SRP and they will discuss and edit the document prior to further dissemination to the broader university community. Members of the Senate Advisory Research Committee have received an initial draft. Consultation on the SRP research themes and sub-themes is proceeding with many groups across campus, and Town Hall meetings (see below) are scheduled for mid-February. Following feedback, a revised version of the SRP will be provided to Senate in February for review and comment. Following further feedback from multiple sectors, a penultimate version will be presented to Senate in March, with an accompanying Notice of Motion. The current process timeline anticipates a final draft to be completed for Senate in April 2018.

Open discussion regarding the SRP is planned for two Town Hall sessions scheduled for February 12 and 13.  The university community will hear updates from the Vice-Principal (Research) on the progress of the SRP, and are invited to provide their insight on research at Queen’s that will help define the final document. Email feedback is welcome at

Town Hall Sessions

February 12, 12-1 pm -- Robert Sutherland Hall Room 202
February 13, 4:30-5:30 pm -- Queen's Cancer Research Institute Room 100/101