VP-research seeks strategic plan input

September 24, 2009

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VP-research Mario Pinto will be working with faculty deans and associate deans of research this fall to optimize a Strategic Research Plan (SRP) to guide the university through 2010–2015.

And he’s looking for the university community’s input on whether the existing SRP’s themes and subthemes should be revised and expanded to include emerging areas of strength.

The plan "is intended to explain how SFU will use Canada Foundation for Innovation infrastructure funds and deploy its allocated Canada Research Chairs, to identify our research priority areas in order to guide decision-making in the allocation of resources," says Pinto. "It will also provide a mechanism for assessing how we meet our objectives."

He also notes that the document is a means for informing and promoting SFU’s strengths to government, community partners and funding organizations.

To participate, communicate your suggestions to the appropriate faculty dean via your departmental chair/director. Proposals for new/expanded research themes and sub-themes should be broadly based across faculties. They should also represent the overall interest of the university in accordance with the current SRP and the university’s statement of values and commitments (

The deadline for deans to submit new proposals is Oct. 16. Pinto plans an initial draft for university-wide consultation by the end of October.

The current SRP and more details regarding the consultation process and timeline can be found at


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