Strategic Research Plan

Excellence in health sciences research

Research activity in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences and the Faculty of Dentistry represents more than 60% of McGill University’s total research. The overarching goal of their joint Strategic Research Plan (SRP) is for McGill to maintain or achieve a high level of excellence in selected areas, while training the next generation of health researchers in a highly competitive and inter-disciplinary research environment.

As the fruit of an extensive consultation process, the SRP aims to build strength in fundamental sciences and transfer research results into improved clinical practice and health outcomes and enhanced economic activity. It takes into consideration the respective aims and strengths of all research and teaching units (Schools, academic and clinical Departments, Centers, Networks) and strategic initiatives, inclusive of research institutes based at our affiliated hospitals.

In 2020, the Faculty of Medicine became the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences to better reflect the diversity of expertise and the breadth of its core mandates. In parallel, the Faculty of Dentistry initiated a strategic planning phase of its academic and research activities. The current SRP updates build on solid foundations, consolidate successful strategic research initiatives, and re-emphasize the vital importance of current, sustainable core infrastructure and platforms in the realization of the research mission. A new, specific focus is on the strongly emerging and cross-cutting role of digital technologies and data sciences in current and future evolutions of health and clinical care. Another emphasis is the promotion and development of a spirit of entrepreneurship across our Faculties, promoting outreach and collaboration across the university and affiliated partners, to encourage and facilitate the emergence of innovations driven by the scientific approach in response to unmet needs amongst patients and the healthcare system.

The SRP emphasizes the major importance of equity, diversity and inclusion throughout all aspects of research, from initial conception through implementation and ultimately translation to healthcare.


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