Strategic Plans, Report and Policies for Research and Innovation

The University of Alberta has been advancing knowledge and shaping the future through research, teaching and innovation for more than 100 years. Research and innovation are at the core of what we do. It is who we are. Our research has in turn driven many world firsts, helped improve life at home and around the world, educated and trained talented people, and contributed to numerous societal, economic, health and environmental advancements.

Vice-President (Research and Innovation) Portfolio Strategic Plan 2020

In 2019, the Vice-President (Research and Innovation) portfolio began a strategic plan and vision process in consultation with over 400 internal and external stakeholders. The result is an ambitious plan to enhance and guide creative research and innovation priorities and to enhance administration for those we serve.

  • Promote an ambitious research and innovation strategy
  • Develop, grow and strengthen partnerships
  • Support, nurture and enable excellence
  • Champion the university’s research and innovation community and culture

The vision:
Explore. Engage. Empower. Excel.

See Strategic Plan

Innovation Report

While innovation is core to our research and education mandate, it has become a top priority for many of our stakeholders including government, funders, students, next-generation researchers, the public and many of our partners.

To better harness the university's intellectual powers and transform our research-driven ideas and discoveries into social and economic impacts, the Vice‐President (Research and Innovation) struck a task force to examine the university's broad innovation ecosystem.

View Innovation Report (PDF)

CFI/CRC/CERC Strategic Research Plan

A strategic plan prepared for our funding partners that outlines the university’s commitment to research excellence and the principles and objectives related to the research conducted at the University of Alberta.

View Research Plan (PDF)


Policies and procedures

The University of Alberta research community is guided by these policies and procedures: