Knowledge Creation

We will establish a pervasive culture of research and scholarship throughout the institution. By implementing a comprehensive suite of research initiatives at the institutional and college levels encompassing the key functions of recruiting, supporting and networking existing and new researchers, and strengthening strategic focus, we will round out research engagement throughout the institution and ramp up outcomes and impacts generally as well as specifically within selective areas aligned with the six signature areas of research. More information on the signature areas can be found on the website of the Vice-President, Research.


We will know we are successful if, by 2016, we have:

  • Increased our performance in Tri-Agency funding in each academic unit against our peers, on track toward above-average ranking in all units and all competitions by 2020.
    • Baseline Data: Expected early 2013
  • Increased the proportion of research-appointed faculty holding Tri-Agency funding and/or supervising graduate students in all departments, colleges and schools. 
    • Baseline Data: Expected by early 2013
  • Increased the number, citations and impact of faculty publications tracking toward national and disciplinary comparators and improved placement for the university in major national and international rankings systems.
    • Baseline Data: Expected early 2013
  • Established new targeted institutes and hired the faculty and staff required to move them forward.  
  • Established a fully subscribed and effective mentorship program for new and early career faculty. 
    • Baseline Data: Expected early 2013
  • Increased externally funded trusts to support a more comprehensive array of funding supports for graduate students approaching the national average at medical-doctoral peer universities, e.g., teaching assistantships. 
  • Increased internally funded graduate scholarships by a further $1M and increased by 10% the number of Tri-Agency funded graduate and undergraduate students. 
    • Baseline Data: Expected early 2013
  • Increased enrolments in PhD programs by 10% to support our more intensive research culture.
    • Baseline Data: 891 or 25.4% of graduate students were enrolled in PhD programs (2010/11 academic reporting year)
  • Established a baseline and increased by 50% the number of undergraduate students participating in research. 
    • Baseline Data: Expected early 2013
  • Implementation of a research mentorship program for new faculty

    • Leaders: Jim Germida, vice-provost, faculty relations; Jim Thornhill, acting associate vice-president, research (on leave until July 1, 2014); and David Parkinson, Vice-Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts (term until June 30, 2014)
    • Terms of Reference pdf document
  • Signature Area Strategic Development – “One Health: Solutions at the Animal-Human-Environment Interface”

    • Leaders:
      • One Health Strategic Plan: Dr. Bruce Reeder (co-chair), Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, College of Medicine and Dr. Hugh Townsend (Co-chair), Department of Veterinary Microbiology, WCVM/VIDO-InterVac
      • Recruitment of CERC in Integrated Infectious Disease Mitigation: Beth Horsburgh, Associate Vice-President-Health and Vice-President Research and Innovation, Saskatoon Health Region
    • Terms of Reference pdf document
  • Signature Area Strategic Development – “Agriculture: Food and Bioproducts for a Sustainable Future”:  The Global Institute for Food Security

    • Leader: Ernie Barber, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, GIFS
    • Terms of Reference pdf document
  • Strategic Development of Programs and Services for Researchers

    • Leaders: Tri-Agency Leaders: Linda McMullen, SSHRC Leader; Roger Pierson, CIHR Leader; Tom Steele, NSERC Leader
    • Terms of Reference  pdf document
  • UnivRS: Implementation of the University Research System

    • Leader: Jim Basinger, Associate Vice-President Research; Mark Roman, CIO and Associate Vice-President Information and Communications Technology
    • Terms of Reference pdf document
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  • College/School Strategic Research Plans and Metrics