Research Advisory Council

Overview and context

The Research Advisory Council (RAC) is the primary advising body to the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) (VPRI) and is consulted on University-wide research dossiers under the portfolio of Research and Innovation activities at McGill.

Chaired by the VPRI, the members of RAC provide feedback, advice and recommendations to the VPRI on strategic and operational dossiers including (but not limited to): development of policy and procedures; strategic research planning; resource allocation, such as internal funding programs; processes for research administration; and development projects, such as the Strategic Reframing Initiative. 

Mandate and Purpose 

The Research Advisory Council (RAC) is the primary advisory body to the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation (VPRI) and is consulted on University-wide research related dossiers under the portfolio of research activities at McGill. Although RAC is not a formal sub-committee of the Academic Policy Committee (APC), it reports to APC on matters such as research policy and the creation of new research centres.

Chaired by the VPRI, members of RAC provide feedback, advice, and recommendations on strategic and operational dossiers including (but not limited to): development of policy and procedures; strategic research plans, Research Centres, major programs for research funding, and, processes for research administration.

Dossiers are presented to RAC members at various stages of development: early stage for open discussion, brainstorming, and collection of data; for review over several meetings in the case of draft documents requiring specific input; and consultation in the final phase to solicit a recommendation by RAC to submit for approval through standard McGill governance channels. Members are also encouraged and welcome to suggest any top of mind issues for discussion at meetings.

RAC is a valuable forum for information sharing with Faculties and senior administrators in other sectors of the university on the research agenda and upcoming activities.

RAC members

  • Shari Baum, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Medicine
  • Benoit Boulet, Associate Dean (Research and Innovation), Faculty of Engineering
  • Ashley Chin, Graduate Student, Department of Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
  • Allison Christians, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Law
  • Sylvain Coulombe, Associate Vice-Principal (Innovation and Partnerships)
  • Martha Crago, (RAC Chair), Vice-Principal, Research and innovation
  • James Engle-Warnick, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Faculty of Arts
  • Viahng Errunza, Associate Dean (Research), Desautel Faculty of Management
  • Philippe Gros, Vice-Dean, Life Sciences, Faculty of Medicine
  • Nancy Heath, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Faculty of Education
  • Salwa Karboune, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Bruce Mazer, Scientific Director, Research Institute of the MUHC (delegate: Don Van Meyel)
  • Rod McInnes, Director, Lady Davis Research Institute, Jewish General Hospital
  • Anne McKinney, Associate Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation)
  • Audrey Moores, (Department of Chemistry), Faculty of Science
  • Josephine Nalbantoglu, Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • Valérie Orsat, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Bioresource Engineering
  • Philip Oxhorn, Associate Provost (International)
  • Nancy Ross, Associate Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation)
  • John Stix, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Faculty of Science
  • Faleh Tamimi, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Dental Education), Faculty of Dentistry
  • Gustavo Turecki, Scientific Director, Douglas Research Institute
  • Donald Van Meyel (delegate for Bruce Mazer, Director), RI-MUHC
  • Lloyd Whitesell, Associate Dean (Research and Administration), Schulich School of Music
  • Wieslaw Woszczyk, Department of Music Research, Schulich School of Music

Meetings for Academic Year 2018-2019

  • September 27, 2018
  • November 29, 2018
  • February 7, 2019
  • April 18, 2019

Terms of Reference

Mandate and purpose The Research Advisory Council (RAC) is the primary advisory body to the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation (VPRI) and is consulted on University-wide research related dossiers under the portfolio of research activities at McGill. Although RAC is not a formal sub-committee of the Academic Policy Committee (APC), it reports to APC on matters such as research policy and the creation of new research centres. Chaired by the VPRI, members of RAC provide feedback, advice, and recommendations on strategic and operational dossiers including (but not limited to): development of policy and procedures; strategic research plans, Research Centres, major programs for research funding, and, processes for research administration. Dossiers are presented to RAC members at various stages of development: early stage for open discussion, brainstorming, and collection of data; for review over several meetings in the case of draft documents requiring specific input; and consultation in the final phase to solicit a recommendation by RAC to submit for approval through standard McGill governance channels. Members are also encouraged and welcome to suggest any top of mind issues for discussion at meetings. RAC is a valuable forum for information sharing with Faculties and senior administrators in other sectors of the university on the research agenda and upcoming activities.

RAC documentation

The Office of the VPRI prepares materials in advance, tracks agenda items, and reports on progress. Standard documents distributed at each meeting are: Agenda and notes from previous meeting VP-RI Report with highlights of the sector's activities since the last meeting Update on major grant competitions - mainly large-scale networks and team grants which require strategic selection of applicants and financial support Update of RI events

Frequency of meetings

The RAC meets four (4) times per academic year. Members may be consulted via email between meetings on matters that require a fast turnaround time.

Composition

Ex-officio Members:

  • Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation), Chair
  • Provost (or delegate) Associate Vice-Principal(s) (Research and Innovation)
  • Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (or delegate)

Members:

  • One nominee from each of the Faculty Deans, usually Associate Dean (Research and/or Graduate Studies)
  • Directors of hospital research institutes (or delegates)
  • Up to five distinguished researchers, appointed for either a one- or two-year term
  • Two graduate student and one postdoctoral fellow, named by the Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS)

If you have questions about RAC, please contact linda.rice [at] mcgill.ca (Linda Rice) in Research and Innovation.