The Université de Montréal's Vice-Rectorate of Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation serves to oversee and generally guide the University's scientific research. Furthermore, it supports the University's contribution to scientific, cultural, social and economic progress through the exploitation, which includes commercialization, of research findings and creative output.
The Vice-Rectorate specifically ensures :
- The development of research initiatives and collaborations in the University's three salient research areas: the humanities and social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and health and biomedical sciences;
- The coordination of research, promotion and scientific exchange efforts of over 2500 professors and researchers from 13 faculties and schools, working in 200 research centres, chairs, groups and institutes;
- The implementation of research and higher education environments in line with the highest standards of scientific and academic excellence, and responding to the needs for a qualified workforce in Québec, Canada and partner countries;
- The rigorous application of policies and rules concerning good practice in research conduct;
Regarding research :
The Vice-rectorate for Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation is assisted by the Office of Research Services and Development (BRDV in French). The BRDV's responsibility is to advise researchers from the outset of their projects, and to guide them during the research financing process, funding administration, and exploitation of findings.
The BRDV is also in charge of certain special projects, such as IRICoR and the National Immune Monitoring Laboratory.
The BRDV supervises the Centre of Digital Expertise for Research (CEN-R in French), which is responsible for supporting the development and improvement of research resources in a digital environment. The CEN-R distributes research output through the Érudit platform, which provides online access to over 100 scientific journals.
The strategic research plan
For years, Canadian universities have been developing strategic research plans (SRP) with the aim of guiding their research endeavours and identifying salient research areas. In particular, these plans guide decision-making in terms of research support and distribution of institutional grants, such as the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canada Research Chairs.
The Université de Montréal's strategic research plan was updated in 2008. It includes, as part of the University's scientific research planning, three key strategic orientations:
- To offer, at all levels of study, intellectual and scientific training of high quality and relevance, tied to new knowledge obtained from research and to practice settings;
- To integrate research efforts and higher education to mobilizing projects in its areas of excellence and to anchor them in an interdisciplinary and international perspective;
- To reorganize the University on the basis of its outstanding features and its strengths, while taking into account the resources at its disposal.