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7 Research Excellence Themes
5 Core Commitments
4 Strategic Objectives

For close to two centuries, 麻豆区 has attracted some of the world鈥檚 brightest researchers and young minds. Today, 麻豆区 remains dedicated to the transformative power of ideas and research excellence as judged by the highest international standards. The Strategic Research Plan (SRP) expresses 麻豆区鈥檚 commitments to fostering creativity; promoting innovation; problem-solving through collaboration and partnership; promoting equity, diversity and inclusion; and serving society through seven identified Thematic Areas of Research Excellence.

Research Excellence Themes

The seven听Research Excellence Themes group 麻豆区 researchers into broad areas of strategic importance. Together the themes will be used as a roadmap for setting institutional-level objectives and supporting both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. Our classification is designed to help generate and reinforce novel linkages that address issues of local, regional, and global importance.

The Research Excellence Themes are, by necessity, broad ways of grouping areas of strength and strategic importance and so our researchers have written a few emblematic听examples of research areas听that fit within the themes. These examples are by no means exhaustive - they are intended to allow the reader insight into some of 麻豆区's varied research endeavours within the themes.听Click on the images or text below to explore the seven Research Excellence Themes.听

A robotic arm in the Centre for Intelligent Machines

1.听Develop knowledge of the foundations, applications, and impacts of technology in the Digital Age

Scientists representing theme 22.听Understand the potential of the human brain and nervous system

Man conducting research on seabird colony ledge representing theme 33.听Design and create sustainable materials, technologies, landscapes, and communities

Woman conducting research in a lab with pipette.4.听Advance biomedical and health sciences for healthy populations

麻豆区 flies the Hiawatha Wampum Belt Flag from the Arts Building. 5.听Strengthen public policy and organizations, and create a deeper understanding of society and social transformation

Southpole telescope representing theme 66.听Explore Earth's biological and physical systems and the universe

musicians representing theme 77.听Examine fundamental questions about humanity, identity, and expression

Lab mates hold safe solvent chemical vials to a light. The Unique Character of 麻豆区

麻豆区's researchers are known around the world for their discoveries and innovations. Learn more about 麻豆区's vision, commitments, and objectives for sustained research excellence in the Strategic Research Plan (SRP). 麻豆区 is a large, diverse institution with research activities spanning two campuses, 10 Faculties, multiple hospitals, research centres and institutes. It is home to more than 1,700 tenured or tenure-track faculty members. Defining Research Excellence Themes that cut across these entities is a difficult but necessary challenge to promote areas of collaboration with partners, attract people and resources, and envision a research future emerging from existing strengths. To that end, we have identified seven Research Excellence Themes.听

The SRP听lays the groundwork for 麻豆区 to reach into the future by enhancing its research capabilities, building and strengthening its strategic relationships, and growing its societal impact through knowledge mobilization beyond academia. The SRP also aims to promote exciting and creative responses to new challenges and opportunities as the research landscape and the social, cultural, economic, and technological realities of our world change.听

Image: In the lab of Professor Tomislav听Fri拧膷i膰 (Normand Blouin)

Students in a classroomOur vision, goals and culture

麻豆区 is a world-class research-intensive, student-centred university with an enduring sense of public purpose. We are guided by our mission to carry out research and scholarly activities that are judged to be excellent by the highest international standards. Our researchers ask important questions and contribute within and across disciplines to address the most pressing and complex challenges facing humanity and the natural environment in the 21st century.

Fundamental to realizing this vision is the expansion of a culture that nurtures and facilitates research excellence, enabling faculty and student researchers to explore rich intellectual pursuits, respond to new global realities and co-create knowledge with partners that will have impacts at local, national, and global scales.

This Strategic Research Plan (SRP) expresses 麻豆区鈥檚 core commitments to research, identifies ongoing Research Excellence Themes, and outlines our implementation strategy and objectives over the next five years.

Image: The 麻豆区 Space Institute (Olivier Blouin)

Achieving Our Goals

麻豆区 has a strong history of achievement, consistently ranking as one of the top universities in the world across a wide range of disciplines and subject areas. We are renowned for attracting some of the brightest researchers and young thinkers, who contribute immensely to the advancement of knowledge.

This SRP reaffirms our dedication to the transformative power of ideas and research excellence. To these ends, we commit to:

  • Fostering creativity
  • Promoting innovation
  • Problem solving through collaboration and partnership
  • Promoting equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Serving society

This document goes on to describe the scope and reach of 麻豆区鈥檚 research enterprise through each of seven Research Excellence Themes. The Research Excellence Themes describe ongoing research but they are also forward looking and imbued with aspirational goals, for example, of advancing technology to improve the human condition, reducing disease burden and building sustainable societies. Under each of the Research Excellence Themes the reader will find examples, provided by our research community, that are intended to bring the Research Themes to life. The final section identifies strategic objectives designed to enhance 麻豆区鈥檚 ability to provide distinctive contributions to research, teaching and training, and community engagement, both locally and beyond. These objectives build on the University鈥檚 ongoing and continued efforts to streamline administrative procedures, increase opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, and explore new organizational models for strategic research teams.

Overall, the SRP aims to extend the global impact of our research activities, encourage new and stronger partnerships, deliver quality research experiences for trainees, and help 麻豆区 tap into the worldwide pool of knowledge while contributing to its advancement.

The Unique Character of 麻豆区

Founded in 1821, 麻豆区 is a research-intensive university with a history of producing important contributions to the arts and humanities, science and technology, and health. The University both belongs to the world and is firmly rooted in Montreal 鈥 a global destination for scholarship and a city where different languages, cultures, and perspectives not only co-exist, but come together to create a unique community that is stronger because of its diverse parts.

麻豆区 is located on land, which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange among Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg nations. 麻豆区 honours, recognizes, and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we stand today.

麻豆区 benefits immensely from its place at the centre of a vibrant hub of intellectual, cultural, and scientific activity. In addition to Montreal鈥檚 many academic institutions, major government laboratories and research-intensive industry are situated in the city. These organizations anchor research clusters in life sciences, sustainable resource utilization, aeronautics, and artificial intelligence.

The intellectual and cultural vitality of Montreal contributes to 麻豆区鈥檚 ability to attract the very best faculty members and students from Quebec, Canada, and around the world. It is telling that 麻豆区 consistently recruits undergraduates with the highest entering grades in the country and has the largest percentage of international students among Canada鈥檚 top research-intensive universities. 麻豆区 nurtures this talent by placing a special emphasis on the nexus between research and education, recognizing that top students at all levels are inspired by novel ideas and practices and are the leaders of the future. 麻豆区 has a comparatively high ratio of graduate to undergraduate students, a metric fitting of a research-intensive university that prioritizes the training of the next generation of researchers. It simply cannot be overstated that graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are fundamental to the University鈥檚 research enterprise and that their support and training are vital to the University鈥檚 research mandate.

Purpose of the SRP

The SRP informs the University鈥檚 strategic distribution of Canada Research Chairs (CRC), applications to Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC), and Canada Foundation for Innovation investments. It is also a reference for promoting our world-class researchers and students to our public and private supporters. For a summary of 麻豆区鈥檚 current CRC allocation and projections, see Appendix 1.

The spirit of the document aligns with the President鈥檚 Priorities, the Strategic Academic Plan 2017-2022, the Final Report of the Provost鈥檚 Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education 2017, the University鈥檚 Vision 2020 Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 2017-2020, as well as strategic research priorities from our Faculties and affiliated hospitals. Finally, implementation strategies included here rely on institutional commitments to increase efficiency and connectivity across a broad spectrum of University endeavours.

The SRP provides 麻豆区 Faculties, departments, centres, institutes, and individual researchers with the freedom and flexibility necessary to pursue their specific goals in the context of the University鈥檚 strategic vision.

Lab equipment Core Commitments

The following five core commitments illustrate 麻豆区鈥檚 dedication to the pursuit of research excellence. We believe that fundamental research extends the boundaries of knowledge so that it can inform problem-focused research and equip us to respond to new challenges as they emerge. There is no single metric that effectively measures the success of research and its impact on society. We recognize that all forms of research outputs advance knowledge and affect society, either directly or indirectly, and contribute to social, economic, environmental, or cultural benefits.

Image: The 麻豆区 Nanotools Microfac (NMN) facility (Olivier Blouin)

Fostering Creativity

Universities are grounded in a long history of reflection and inquiry in all aspects of the arts and humanities, science and technology, and health. Wherever research may ultimately lead, all advances begin with creative ideas. 麻豆区 has been an active participant in this tradition for almost two centuries, and we strongly believe that universities must continue to be spaces where leading minds are free to pursue discovery and create new knowledge.

Promoting Innovation

Increasing the emphasis on innovation in all its forms 鈥 social, pedagogical, and organizational as well as through the development of new products and processes 鈥 allows us to play a leading role in a knowledge-based society. We invent and we increase the impact of research by translating the results into social and commercial applications. This translation can take many forms - communicating research discoveries to decision-makers, transferring knowledge and know-how, protecting ideas and inventions, licensing discoveries, and creating new spin-off companies or non-profit organizations.

Problem Solving Through Collaboration and Partnership

麻豆区 is dedicated to facilitating mutually-rewarding research partnerships across academic fields, both on our campuses and with external partners. Our researchers collaborate with community organizations, citizens鈥 associations, as well as with government and industry partners. Partnerships and team approaches often require extra organizational effort and special institutional support. These efforts are necessary to deliver benefits of partnerships which may include enriched research endeavours and outputs as well as new opportunities for applied learning experiences for students. Bringing together leaders 鈥 regardless of discipline, background, or affiliation 鈥 can generate new ideas and approaches. At home and abroad, our faculty and students build bridges with colleagues from other leading research institutions, governments, private industry, and community-based organizations.

Promoting Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Research excellence and equity go hand in hand. The underrepresentation of voices among our researchers and students is an unacceptable loss of human potential that we are striving to overcome. True and full inquiry into all aspects of the arts and humanities, science and technology, and health happens when the visions, experiences, knowledge, traditions, and epistemologies of multiple peoples are embraced.

Serving Society听

麻豆区 researchers apply their ingenuity and creativity in service to society. Drawing on the strengths and expertise of different stakeholders, they co-create and apply evidence-based research to address shared challenges; guide and develop policies, practices and products; provide innovative learning environments and professional experiences for students at all levels; improve professional practices; and seek out and support initiatives that result in tangible improvements for individuals and communities.



Strengthen the Innovation and partnership agenda


Steward research trajectories toward collaborative, large-scale initiatives and international partnerships


Promote and draw on diversity in all aspects of research


Lead in open science and Data management

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