Projects and Initiatives

Research Data Management

The Vice-President (Research) and Campus Committee on Research is looking for faculty members to join the U of R’s Research Data Management Institutional Strategies Working Group.

The Tri-Agency funding bodies (SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR) released their Research Data Management policy in 2021. Institutions must develop and publish a Research Data Management (RDM) Institutional Strategy by March 1, 2023 in order to be eligible for future funding. An RDM Institutional Strategies Working Group has been established to develop a strategy for the U of R, and it is currently looking for members from key disciplines including: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering, Health Sciences, Nursing, and Indigenous Research. Members of varying levels of knowledge and experience in RDM are welcome.

The institutional strategy is intended to evaluate the University’s current RDM capacity, protect Indigenous data sovereignty, develop goals to grow RDM, and create appropriate institutional supports for researchers. In order for the institutional strategy to meet the needs of researchers at the University, it is vital that group membership includes the key disciplines. Indigenous researchers and scholars are key to membership as supporting and protecting Indigenous data sovereignty is a necessary part of the strategy. To learn more about the Tri-Agency Policy and the requirements of the working group, please see the draft terms of Terms of Reference.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact by the end of April.


Vice-President (Research) Town Halls

The Vice-President (Research) is hosting and moderating a series of panel discussions on topics of research strength and / or interest at the University of Regina. Zoom recordings of the panel discussions are available below.


June 23, 2020 Prairie Water Resilience Research Initiative

There are national and regional conversations underway related to water management and given the government’s commitment to establishing a Canada Water Agency. The University of Regina is known for our research into climate change, the environmental impacts, and water use and quality on the prairies. Most importantly, we look to understand the impact on communities of our water practices and policies, and from climate change and from how we change our environment. Our panel members are renowned researchers in their areas:

  • Dr. Margot Hurlbert, Canada Research Chair in Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability Policy; Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina
  • Dr. Peter Leavitt, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and Society, Director, Institute of Environmental Change and Society, University of Regina
  • Dr. David Sauchyn, Professor and Director, Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative, University of Regina

Click on the link to view a Zoom recording of this panel discussion -

Safeguarding Science: A workshop hosted by the Vice-President (Research) and delivered by Public Safety Canada in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

March 4, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Classroom Building CL 130

This workshop aims to improve the cooperation between federal security partners and Canadian institutions hosting sensitive laboratories, and research facilities. The objectives of this workshop are to advance an awareness of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear security in scientific research and development. Some of the components included in the workshop will be an overview of case studies involving security incidents at sensitive laboratory and research sites, a practical overview of key terminology, and common challenges and approaches to securing research and related facilities.

Who should attend? This program encourages a diverse mix of interested participants including biosafety and radiological safety officers, information technology and information management staff, security personnel, researchers, human resources personnel, and senior management.

More information about the Safeguarding Science workshop can be found here Strategic Research Plan



Prioritized Big Research Inventory

Big research can also be thought of as institutional-level research projects. These projects represent a valuable opportunity for the University of Regina to contribute to the community locally, nationally and potentially internationally. They can have significant research outcomes, impacts, and benefits to society and the economy. They are also typically larger, more complex, and therefore riskier than the smaller research projects the University is familiar with (e.g. most Tri-Agency funded projects).

The Vice-President (Research) is proposing to develop an inventory of research projects or programs that currently or at some time in the future include a submission for funding at the scope and scale of an institutional-level research project.

Further, the inventory will be prioritized. The details of the prioritization model and criteria have not been fully fleshed out yet but will include elements such as strength of alignment with UofR strategy, impact, risk, and readiness.

More information about this initiative can be found here Strategic Research Plan


Research and Innovation Impact Symposium

Together We Achieve Impact: A Symposium on Research and Innovation Impact was held on February 7, 2019. Thirty-eight stakeholders from across campus and various external organizations attended the day-long symposium presented by Dr. Kathryn Graham of Alberta Innovates. Dr. Graham is an expert in this area and presents nationally and internationally.

The goal for the symposium was to bring together stakeholders of the University of Regina to develop a shared understanding and common language around Research Impact – one of three strategic priorities of the university’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.

The symposium provided an overview of current knowledge and best practices in the field of research and innovation impact assessment (RIIA). RIIA offers much more than an after-the-fact accounting of research outcomes – it can be a transformational approach that integrates value co-creation, measurement and communication to optimize impact.

Download Dr. Graham’s presentation Part 1 Strategic Research Plan and Part 2 Strategic Research Plan