Developing a New Strategic Research Plan for the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is committed to supporting excellence in research and innovation across our three campuses and with our community partners.

The University’s current Institutional Strategic Research Plan (ISRP) has been in place since 2012 and ends in 2017. The ISRP is a key document that reflects the breadth of U of T research within a flexible framework that identifies broad thematic research areas and expresses our core commitment to research excellence. It also provides direction for how to support university scholarship by identifying strategic objectives and enabling actions. The ISRP is meant to provide support and direction but not limit divisional research priorities.

In the spring, the Vice-President, Research and Innovation invited members of the U of T community to contribute to the development of the University’s Strategic Research Plan through a consultation and development process. From March to September 2017, in addition to an online survey, the Vice-President met with members of the U of T community through town halls across our three campuses as well as with meetings with academic units and groups. Your feedback helped identify and structure the draft ISRP that is now available for your further input.

The consultation feedback indicated that the ISRP structure reflected the breadth of U of T research within a flexible framework with relevant broad thematic research areas while expressing our core commitments to research excellence. However, we also heard that the themes, and especially the subthemes, would benefit from a refresh to align with current and potential future areas of research and innovation. Feedback also indicated that we should refine our strategic objectives and include metrics by which we would measure our success in meeting the objectives.

We look forward to your comments and suggestions regarding this draft as we complete the development of an ISRP to cover the coming 5-year period. The University’s Research Advisory Board continues to provide their guidance, as well as critical leadership in the consultation process with the academic divisions.

Provide Your Feedback

Your input is a very important part of the planning process, and we thank you in advance for your engagement. The draft ISRP and a short online feedback survey are available here:

We kindly request that all feedback be submitted by November 3, 2017.

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