Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

​SRP Progress Update (2016)

The following tables, separated by section, outline the SRP’s 21 key recommendations and indicates progress towards the implementation of this 5-year plan. 

 2016 Implementation update (PDF, 545 kb)

 2015 Implementation update (PDF, 310 kb)

Key Recommendations


1. Increase the university’s ability to assess weaknesses, opportunities and strengths for establishing planning and priorities.

Ongoing; continued presentations to governance bodies on risks to research enterprise and Queen's research prominence; governance review of Senate Advisory Research Committee underway with anticipated completion in the 2016 winter term.

2. Identify key performance indicators and an appropriate set of metrics to inform decision-making and investments.

Supported by the University’s Strategic Framework.

3. Develop a performance monitoring template, where research performance and successes in meeting targets will be closely tracked and develop a best-in-class tracking system.

Supported by the University’s Strategic Framework.

Processes/Mechanisms to Advance Research

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4. Invest in, and implement, an electronic research project management system (TRAQ).

Faculty180 - final module of the TRAQ project in early adopter testing phase (CV self-serve, CCV integration, Annual Reporting, QUQAP and RTP/RCAP/RP). Enterprise roll-out Dec 2016 and project completion scheduled for April 2017.

5. Ensure timely communication and effective internal processes to convey information to the research community on changes to programs, policies and guidelines.

Ongoing; dedicated communications resource placed in University Research Services; revision of the Senate Policy on Integrity in Research was approved; implementation of the Research Administration Policy and Procedures, the purpose of which is to outline the continuum of responsibility and authority for the management and administration of research activity at Queen’s.

6. Strengthen internal and external research communications, including development of a new VPR website, producing strategic publications and promoting research excellence, accomplishments and impacts.

7th issue of (e)AFFECT launched with the 8th issue slated for January/February 2016 publication; high-profile launch of the Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory and Kingston Nano-Fabrication Laboratory; revamped University Research Services website; portfolio newsletter developed to increase engagement with staff; increased utilization of social media; increasing collaboration with University Relations to distribute and disseminate information in a timely fashion and coordinate research news and announcements.

7. Explore options for providing expert, responsive and responsible services for support of major projects and new programs.

University Research Services research advisors and consultants continue to provide expert support to researchers; increased focus on mentorship; on-going discussion with Faculties regarding Faculty and/or department-based support for these activities (e.g., Research Mentors in the Faculty of Arts and Science); organized faculty writing retreat.

8. Provide opportunities for students at all levels and in all academic areas to participate in research (e.g., Undergraduate student summer fellowship; Inquiry@Queen’s). 

Completed another successful cycle of the Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships; promoting, developing and administering Mitacs internships; engaging student entrepreneurs through Queen’s Innovation Connector; funding through Campus-Linked Accelerator program and Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program will provide additional opportunities; student ambassadors participate in the Council of Ontario Universities’ Research Matters campaign; environmental scan of best practices and initiatives in undergraduate research.

9. Foster the development of coordinated and collaborative management systems to ensure the sustainability of on and off-campus research infrastructure.

Working to efficiently manage the use and maintenance of infrastructure through a database of available infrastructure (e.g., Canada Foundation for Innovation research navigator).


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10. Foster knowledge translation where the outcomes of our research can benefit society. We are committed to advancing innovation through knowledge translation, commercialization, and through the development of Innovation Park.

Increased engagement with the City to promote and develop the regional innovation ecosystem (e.g.,  INK - Innovation Kingston); PARTEQ Strategic Plan approved.

11. Explore evolving emphasis on Open Access and new income models for peer-reviewed scholarly publishing.

Participated in the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy consultation in conjunction with the University Librarian and Chief Information Officer for the Policy that was adopted in 2015; engagement with various university stakeholders to promote and assist with compliance of the Policy; sponsored Data Day 2015: Managing Queen’s University Research Data.

Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Research

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12. Undertake a full review of the policy associated with the establishment and continued operation of Research Centres and Institutes.

A discussion paper outlining a proposed structure for research centres and institutes will be released for consultation in winter 2016.

13. Establish an Institute for Advanced Research/Studies. The Institute will fulfill the mandate for developing a dynamic and evolving program focused on research excellence that is driven by the community of scholars and researchers drawn to the Institute responding to the most important questions and challenges.


In exploration stage; philanthropic support needed to advance initiative.

Global Engagement and Internationalization

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14. Develop greater institutional coordination for global engagement and internationalization.

The Comprehensive International Plan outlines international research engagement objectives in support of the SRP and Strategic Framework; establishment of the International Fund as part of the Queen’s Research Opportunities Funds to promote international research collaboration and partnerships.

15. Increase global engagement by developing and expanding international research collaborations, partnerships and international development work.

Ongoing; relationships continue to be developed and built upon (e.g., China, Singapore, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Israel); establishment of the International Fund to promote international research collaborations and partnerships, an objective of the Comprehensive International Plan.

Research Leadership and Excellence

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16. Develop and promote research leadership through achievements in excellence, CRCs, endowed and named chairs, and sponsored research chairs.

Proportion of appointments on target (e.g., Canada Research Chairs); ongoing commitment to promote research excellence through nominations to awards and honours, including the Royal Society of Canada, Tri-Council honours, etc.; ranked 2nd nationally in faculty awards, honors and prizes.

17. Review all internal research award programs and identify new ways to support programs.

Completed - Queen’s Research Opportunities Funds implemented.

18. Reinstate the Queen's National Scholar program.


19. Phase out the Queen’s Research Chairs program and introduce a Research Leaders award.

The Research Leaders’ Fund was established as part of the Queen’s Research Opportunities Funds.

20. Establish Chancellors/University Professorships in recognition of a sustained career of accomplishment in scholarly and research activities and in leadership in advancing the university’s research reputation.

Under consideration.

21. Increase the number of Research Excellence Prizes to up to five awarded each year, one in each of the five fields of health sciences, natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities.