Review of Research Strategy

Introduction

As Newfoundland and Labrador’s university, Memorial has contributed – for decades – to the economic and cultural development of this province. The university is proud to support the innovators, visionaries and trailblazers who help grow the university’s profile as an internationally renowned research-intensive post-secondary institution.

Research is a core priority for Memorial and a vital component to the critical mission of the university. Every day, on all of its campuses – and in every discipline – Memorial’s faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and students undertake innovative research to make our world a better place.

Strengthening these research activities is crucial to the future growth of the university.

On Nov. 4, Dr. Neil Bose, vice-president (research), announced a review of Memorial’s Research Strategy.

Draft document

The draft document can be found here.

Providing feedback

Members of the university community – including researchers, staff members, students and postdoctoral fellows – and external stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the draft document.

Feedback will be accepted until Friday, Dec. 17 via email at vprfeedback@mun.ca.

Consultation schedule

Dr. Bose is also hosting three virtual town hall-style sessions on:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2-4 p.m.;
  • Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1-3 p.m.; and
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1-3 p.m. To request log-in information for these sessions, please email vp.research@mun.ca, identifying which session you would like to attend.

This review comes 10 years after the release of the Research Strategy Framework, which set the vision, mission and guiding principles of research at Memorial.

Over the past decade, Memorial has matured into a research-intensive institution to become one of Canada’s top 20 research universities. Building upon the priority of Dynamic Research and the key research metrics identified in Memorial’s new strategic plan, a renewed Research Strategy will help sustain this momentum into the future. It will also help strengthen Memorial’s growth and evolution as a research-focused institution.

Changing environment

Since the launch of the Research Strategy Framework in 2011, there have been many changes within the post-secondary environment.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action were released in 2015. There is an increased emphasis on Indigenization, equity, diversity and inclusion and anti-racism; greater expectations for Memorial to actively participate in the economic recovery of the province; and mounting pressures for a move to a carbon-neutral economy. The United Nations Development Programme Sustainable Development Goals were also adopted.

Earlier this year, Memorial also released a five-year Strategic Framework for Indigenization to strengthen further the relationship between the university and the diverse Indigenous communities in the province, Canada, and around the globe. Last year, the Board of Regents approved the university’s Research Impacting Indigenous Groups Policy, which provides more effective, sensitive and appropriate approaches, including Indigenous informed consent, for research.

Friday, Dec. 17 deadline

The draft Research Strategy is available to the entire university community and external stakeholders for review here.

Those who cannot attend one of the town hall sessions noted above can send their feedback to vprfeedback@mun.ca by Friday, Dec. 17.

Contact

Research

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000