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.

The Vice-President, Research and Innovation invited members of the U of T community to contribute to the development of a new ISRP to cover the coming five-year period through a two-phase consultation process. During the first phase, from March to September 2017, the Vice-President launched an online survey inviting feedback and met with members of the U of T community through town halls across our three campuses, as well as in meetings with academic units and groups. We heard from these consultations that the ISRP structure reflected the breadth of U of T research excellence within a flexible framework with relevant broad thematic research areas. 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. Further, we heard that the strategic objectives should include metrics by which we would measure our success in meeting them.

Based on the feedback received during the first phase of consultations, the Vice-President initiated a second phase in October-November 2017, and made a draft of the ISRP available online. A new survey was also launched so that members of the community could provide their specific comments and suggestions.

We thank you for providing your input during this consultation process. An updated draft of the ISRP responding to your feedback is being developed for presentation to University governance early in the new year. During this process, the University’s Research Advisory Board continues to provide guidance as well as critical leadership in the consultation process with the academic divisions.

If you have questions about the ISRP or the consultation process, please send an email to vpri.reports@utoronto.ca.

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