SFU’s Strategic Research Plan for 2016-2020 builds on its strengths and successes, and positions the University to continue to grow its capacity in research and knowledge mobilization. This plan provides direction for solidifying SFU’s interdisciplinary research strengths while building critical mass in areas that are globally relevant and strategically important. It reinforces SFU’s commitment to excellence across the full spectrum of research as the driver of bold research questions, engaged partnerships, and transformative impact. Lastly, it provides a road map for how the University will capitalize on new opportunities, invest in strategic growth areas, and drive forward initiatives that enhance its research performance. 

The Opportunities Ahead

The Strategic Research Plan identifies six priority research challenges that are designed to push the limits of discovery and knowledge mobilization and deliver impactful breakthroughs. Success in tackling these challenges rests on the ability to draw from fundamental research—the backbone of SFU’s research endeavours—and applied research.

Challenge 1: Addressing environmental concerns and creating a sustainable future. 

Challenge 2: Understanding our origins.

Challenge 3: Supporting health across the human lifespan. 

Challenge 4: Strengthening civil society by advancing justice, equity and social responsibility.

Challenge 5: Enhancing our world through technology.

Challenge 6: Transforming the landscape of teaching and learning. 

How We'll Get There

1. Strengthen areas of research excellence.

2. Seamlessly connect our research to our partners.

3. Increase our impact on the national and international stage.

Learn more about the 2016-2020 Strategic Research Plan