Promote cutting-edge research of relevance to our society

Tong Leung's research lab.The profile of the Faculty of Science is tied to its deep and ongoing commitment to fundamental, applied and clinical research. We are a research powerhouse at the University of Waterloo that yields profound benefit in fields spanning the full spectrum of scientific discovery. Our investigations range from fundamental questions concerning the origins of matter, life and the universe, to application-driven research involving quality of water, detection of pollutants and pathogens, synthesis of new materials, and the identification and treatment of illness and disease. Foremost among the impact of our research is the high-quality training and skills obtained by our students as they confront questions of pressing importance to society. In addition to benefitting society through important new discoveries gained by basic research, many of the cutting-edge innovations originating from Science at Waterloo have been translated into socially or commercially relevant outcomes through licensing to existing industrial partners and the establishment of new companies to exploit such inventions.

To promote increased productivity in research over the next five years, we must understand our successes and continue to build on them. Mindful of the ever-changing landscape of government funding and priorities, we will build on our past successes by fostering additional avenues of funding which permit expansion of our research and provide some measure of protection from changes beyond our control. Science already recognizes that increases in grant numbers alone will not be enough to increase our research intensity. To that end, we will also prioritize efficient use of research funding and seek to generate additional internal opportunities to encourage new, potentially risk-taking research that will form the basis of new discoveries and continue to redefine the way we understand and influence the world around us.

To achieve this goal, we will:

Objective 2.1: Establish new mechanisms to improve success in funding applications

Objective 2.2: Diversify research funding to include domestic, international and private sources beyond those commonly awarded to the Faculty of Science

Objective 2.3: Improve knowledge mobilization through increased application and commercialization of our research

Objective 2.4: Increase societal impact through communication of our research outcomes

Objective 2.5: Improve funding development and allocation with regards to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers