Strategic Priorities: Driving Discovery and Insight

Driving discovery and insight through excellence in research, scholarly work and other creative activities

The University of Manitoba - Manitoba's research university - has a tradition of excellence in research, scholarly work and other creative activities spanning over 140 years, having made seminal contributions in many fields and finding life-changing solutions to problems being faced by peoples of Manitoba, Canada and the world through fundamental and applied research.

Over the next five years, we will champion excellence in research, scholarly work and other creative activities and increase our position within the top fifteen research-intensive universities in Canada. We will retain our strong commitment to research that advances knowledge and understanding in the natural sciences, health sciences, applied sciences, social sciences, the arts and humanities.

Our broad research directions will continue to evolve through developing and expanding research collaborations at institutional, regional, national and international levels. Through strategic investments, we will build and grow existing and emerging areas of research excellence and generate ideas and knowledge that will help address the most pressing issues facing Indigenous peoples, other Canadians and global citizens. We will enhance our reputation on the international stage, and provide our undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional and transformative research experience to succeed in their chosen careers.



Supporting Actions

  1. Expect, recognize, support and reward high quality and innovative research, scholarly work and other creative activities.
  1. Continue to provide support to all of the University's areas of research, scholarly work, and creative activities.
  2. Increase the number of research chairs and professorships to develop and lead research areas.
  3. Increase support at the unit level in developing competitive research proposals to external funding agencies.
  4. Strategically invest in emerging and established areas of research excellence, within the context of faculty / school and University research plans.
  5. Nominate researchers and scholars for national and international awards and celebrate accomplishments within the University and broader communities.
  6. Establish or refine, and articulate, through a process of unit-level collegial discussion, discipline-specific and/or area-specific means to assess and evaluate the impacts and outcomes of research, scholarly works, and creative activities.
  1. Foster meaningful and sustained collaborative research, scholarly work and other creative activities within the institution and with provincial, Canadian and global partners.
  1. Increase the role of research institutes, centres and groups in facilitating collaborative research.
  2. Review faculty/school tenure and promotion guidelines to ensure that the value of developing effective partnerships and the time involved in carrying out community-based and international research are recognized.
  3. Explore the possibility of offering jointly authored, multi-disciplinary, graduate theses.
  1. Provide education and training opportunities for graduate students that recognize their diverse career paths.
  1. Provide discipline-specific and interdisciplinary opportunities for graduate students to explore diverse career paths.
  1. Foster the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in research, scholarly work and other creative activities.
  1. Establish a development grants program to seed community-based research in partnership with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.
  1. Advance Indigenous research and scholarship.
  1. Increase the University's research capacity on Métis rights and Treaty and Aboriginal rights, including the right of self-determination for Indigenous peoples.
  1. Enhance our national and international research recognition and the quality and impact of our research, scholarly works and creative activities.
  1. Encourage researchers, scholars and artists to publish and showcase their work through high quality peer−reviewed journals, presses, performances and exhibitions as well as through knowledge mobilization activities including policy development and legal opinions.
  2. Increase collaborative research, and scholarly work and other creative activities with institutions of global standing.