Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Attract, retain, support and celebrate people engaged in and supporting research

Objectives associated with Goal 1:

  • Encourage Indigenization and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (EDI-AR) through recruitment, mentoring and retention.
  • Advance Memorial’s research opportunities and celebrate the achievements of researchers and research teams.
  • Foster research excellence by elevating administrative and technical research support staff through professional development and recognition.
  • Celebrate research success and excellence and strengthen Memorial’s research reputation, and placement in rankings nationally and internationally.
  • Mentor faculty, students, post-doctoral fellows and trainees to achieve excellence in research.
  • Expand enrolment in high quality, research-based graduate programs.

Goal 2: Support an environment of research excellence

Objectives associated with Goal 2:

  • Respect and promote the Indigenous guiding principles of trusting relationships, respect, responsibility, accountability, reciprocity and power-sharing for Indigenous research.
  • Understand and embrace differences and provide tools to reduce biases to further develop EDI-AR efforts.
  • Encourage curiosity, creativity, innovation, thoughtfulness and critical inquiry.
  • Enhance supports for researchers to access state-of-the-art services and to obtain and manage funding.
  • Develop and maintain high-quality research infrastructure, space, equipment, technologies and support services.
  • Increase supports, infrastructure and social scholarship for sharing research findings and outputs, including across campuses.

Goal 3: Collaborate locally, nationally and internationally to learn, create, share and apply research

Objectives associated with Goal 3:

  • Engage and collaborate with Indigenous partners in creating, sharing and applying research with other post-secondary institutions, governments, industry and community organizations.
  • Encourage and celebrate partnerships and engagement that foster respectful and diverse research towards better EDI-AR practices.
  • Support and encourage existing and new external collaboration activities, particularly with communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Support and encourage local, national and international research collaborations with other post-secondary institutions, governments, industry and community organizations.
  • Foster a culture of innovation-driven research and entrepreneurship to create vibrant communities with sustainable economic contributions within the province and beyond.

Goal 4: Support high impact research activities in Strategic Research Theme areas

Objectives associated with Goal 4:

  • Support research excellence within the Strategic Research Themes through hiring, retention and funding practices.
  • Increase opportunities for Memorial researchers to communicate and collaborate with one another across the Strategic Research Themes.
  • Work with all levels of governments to enable continued growth in research and partner with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador to develop research areas which are of strategic importance.
  • Encourage greater participation in research and/or scholarly activity with a specific focus on attracting new federal research funding.
  • Disseminate and transfer gained knowledge and discoveries through a variety of mechanisms to audiences inside and outside Memorial.
  • Support the implementation of mechanisms to measure research impact with particular attention to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.