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Strategic Plan For Research 2018-2024

Research for a Brighter World


University research is the foundation of knowledge. It is the driver of innovation and critical to the social, cultural and economic fabric of our society. Research is the tool that supports evidence-based decisions—decisions that inform policy, impact organizations, and influence the lives of citizens locally and globally.

Research also has the power to bring diverse groups of people together behind a common, focused goal. It develops our understanding—socially, culturally, and physically—of the world in which we live. It teaches us how to teach and guides how we learn on our own and with others. It empowers individuals and groups, and advances our understanding of cultures and social relations.

At McMaster, it is our goal and responsibility to use our evidence-based knowledge to support understanding, enable positive change, and, ultimately, advance human and societal health well-being.


In the spring of 2011, McMaster University released a document that would serve as a calling card for the next chapter of our illustrious history. Titled Forward with Integrity, it reaffirmed McMaster’s commitment to strengthening the excellence of our research while, at the same time, seeking opportunities to integrate research more purposefully into our academic mission.

Since then, we have been engaged in an institution-wide process that has brought faculty, staff, and students together to review our research mission in detail. The goal was not merely to preserve McMaster’s enviable position as a Canadian research powerhouse, but to ensure that we continue to make a difference—in the competitiveness of our researchers, in the quality of our teaching, and in the impact we have on the world around us.

Research for a Brighter World — Strategic Plan for Research 2018-2024 lays out a vision and plan to bolster McMaster’s research mission and to take our institution’s research excellence to an even higher level.

Download a summary of McMaster’s Strategic Research Plan.

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