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SFU's Next Strategic Research Plan

SFU's next Strategic Research Plan (SRP) will launch in 2023. We have gathered feedback from the research community on their goals, priorities and challenges. The SRP consultation process has happened concurrently with the SFU President's community conversations to shape what's next for SFU—as a whole. As research at SFU is a university-wide priority, the SRP consultation process is aligned with SFU's plans in defining who we are as a community, what ideas and priorities are most meaningful to us, and what we want to commit to as an institution.

Feedback process

To better understand the needs of the SFU research community, we invited members of the community to conversations that started in March 2022. We scheduled individual consultations with each SFU faculty, as well as other research groups across the institution. The format was a combination of in-person, remote and hybrid. There were also two community consultations offered to the entire SFU community (see recordings below).

The community was also invited to provide feedback and ideas for the next SRP by emailing and/or taking a survey. With the SFU research community's input, the next SRP will help define the nature of our work and shape the future of research at SFU—thank you to everyone who provided their feedback and participated in the various ways that were offered.


SFU's Vice-President, Research and International, Dugan O'Neil invited the research community to provide their input by participating in a survey. The survey was available until 4:30pm on Monday, May 30, 2022.

SFU-wide community consultations

All members of the SFU community were invited to join us at a community-wide consultation to share their thoughts. Both sessions were hybrid format, with attendees able to join in through Zoom or in person. 

Event date Session recording

Friday, May 6

Watch recording

Monday, May 9

Watch recording

Community conversations

Individual community consultations have been completed with numerous SFU groups. Please email if you have questions about the community conversations. 

Faculty/group Date of consultation
SFU Library Monday, March 28, 2022
Faculty Research Advisory Group (SFU Faculty of Education) Thursday, April 7, 2022
Faculty of Health Sciences Thursday, April 21
Faculty of Science Monday, April 25
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Research Advisory Group) Thursday, April 28
Faculty of Applied Sciences Monday, May 9
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology Friday, May 13
Faculty of Environment (Leadership Team)  Monday, May 16
Beedie School of Business Thursday, May 26
Faculty of Education Monday, May 30