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Strategic Initiatives to Meet Complex Challenges: Our Future Direction

McMaster has earned its reputation as a research powerhouse on the strength of our faculty and their ability to work collaboratively across the disciplines. Our interdisciplinary approach to research is inherent in our culture and is a hallmark of our research brand. Considered a strategic advantage in and of itself, McMaster’s size—large enough to attract some of the world’s best researchers, yet small enough to maintain a collegial and collaborative research environment—differentiates us from our peers and positions us to tackle some of the most complex challenges of our time.

Adhering to our Core Values and enabled by our paradigm-shifting research, McMaster has now identified strategic themes to galvanize our research efforts in the years ahead. In pursuing these themes, we recognize they are all exceedingly complex and that new developments may have unexpected and far-reaching implications.

To have a positive impact locally and globally, we’re building on our research successes and using our collective expertise—considering all aspects of, and approaches to, research knowledge across our disciplines—to ensure a multi-dimensional approach. We know the whole is greater than the sum of our parts and that stellar research, combined with persistence, diligence and commitment, will deepen our shared understanding of the world and contribute to advancing human and societal health and well-being.

These following themes have been chosen because they represent both breadth and focus. They are broad enough to engage researchers across all Faculties, departments, schools, centres and institutes, yet focused enough to capitalize on the institution’s existing and emerging research strengths and opportunities to build capacity to ensure sustained excellence and impact.

Strategic Initiatives: