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Discovery, innovation, impact: SFU researchers push the boundaries of knowledge and deliver real-world results. Our university-wide strategic initiatives align with SFU's Strategic Research Plan, supporting students and faculty members to accelerate transformative discoveries for social and economic impact. Our strategic initiatives and plans below fall under the portfolio of the vice-president, research and international.

SFU Innovates

SFU Innovates is the university’s innovation strategy with a mission to engage SFU researchers, staff and students with our communities and partners to solve societal challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship. SFU is ranked as the number one innovative university in Canada and third in the world for our entrepreneurial spirit (World's Universities with Real Impact rankings).

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SFU's Community-Engaged Research initiative

Designed around a collaborative research infrastructure, SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) promotes principles of participation, cooperation, social transformation, and knowledge translation to lift and strengthen the capacity of SFU’s researchers and students, to engage respectfully and ethically with community organizations, Indigenous Nations, community members, and leadership, including cultural leaders.

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SFU Knowledge Mobilization

SFU is committed to providing sustained resources to support researchers in sharing their findings with wider communities in meaningful ways. This commitment to knowledge mobilization is intended to facilitate wider public engagement with research and deepen connections between researchers and knowledge users.


SFU International programs

SFU International is the university’s hub for international relationships, knowledge and resources, enhancing and mobilizing the global reach of SFU’s teaching, research and community engagement.  

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SFU 2025 Sustainability Plan

The SFU 2025 Sustainability Plan (SFU 2025) provides the foundation for SFU's sustainability efforts from 2020 to 2025. Given a global climate crisis, the Plan mobilizes the entire institution to embed climate action throughout its operations, research, academics and community engagement. The plan includes three overarching goals and 16 climate action targets to guide the institution for the next five years.

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Community-Centred Climate Innovation (C3I)

SFU is leading the way in community-centred climate innovation (C3I). We are working with our local and global partners—and looking for new collaborators—to co-develop and successfully implement transformative policy solutions and cleantech innovations that meet the region-specific needs of people and their communities and enable economic opportunities.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Universities have a crucial role to play in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, knowledge generation, education, campus operations, and community & global engagement. Learn more about just some of the many impacts that the SFU community has made across all 17 SDGs.