Strategic Initiatives

Simon Fraser University's Office of the Vice-President, Research is responsible for developing strategic initiatives that support students and faculty members to harness new ideas and innovations for the benefit of society.

SFU's university-wide strategic research initiatives


SFU's 2016-2020 Strategic Research Plan 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.


SFU Innovates is the university‚Äôs 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.


From genomics to criminology, physics to healthcare, SFU's Big Data Initiative seeks to spark new collaborations that combine big questions and big ideas with data-intensive discovery. SFU is building on a decade of leadership in the field of big data, investing in advanced research computing to accelerate scholarship and innovation by bringing new data tools and resources to all members of our campus community.


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 is committed to developing a new social infrastructure within the university, to entrench and expand our capacity to lead community-engaged research. We will do this through the development of a one-of-a-kind centre for Community-Engaged Research that will be unique in Canada and a leader around the world.