TRENT UNIVERSITY RESEARCH IS VIBRANT, RESPONSIVE, AND CREATIVE
Trent’s impressive research performance has earned top rankings in national research performance metrics, including publication intensity, income growth, and research impact.
This research plan was developed through extensive consultation from November 2022 to April 2023.
The research plan will support the further growth and integrity of Trent’s research activ
TRENT’S RESEARCH ECOSYSTEM
The research ecosystem at Trent University incorporates the University’s signature focus on healthy and sustainable environments and communities, priority areas of research intensification, and a diverse range of research methods. The priorities identified in the Strategic Research Plan are grounded in a commitment to this interconnected research ecosystem.
SIX RESEARCH PRIORITY AREAS
Student Engagement with Research
Student research opportunities are an essential part of undergraduate and graduate education at Trent University. Research opportunities in coursework, in the field, in communities, in labs, and in arts venues, and co-curricular learning experiences will prepare students for a life of consequence.
Enhanced Communication of Research
Mobilizing, translating, and disseminating Trent research drives policy, knowledge building, social innovation, and diversity of thought. Enhanced recognition, communication, and promotion of research capacity and significance will illustrate research excellence at Trent University and beyond.
Faculty Support and Mentorship
Ongoing support, collegial mentorship, and research opportunities are central to ensuring researcher success. Supporting and mentoring researchers will expand and deepen research activity at Trent University while helping to attract and retain talent.
Research Funding and Partnerships
Research funding from external sources engenders greater research opportunities, with high potential impact. Grant success rates, focused philanthropic support, as well as strong government, community, and industry partnerships will be essential to ensuring responsive and significant research outcomes.
Trent’s research excellence involves faculty leadership, locally and globally. Further development of Trent’s Chairs Program, including named chairs, endowed chairs, Fulbright Scholars, and Canada Research Chairs will advance research activity and intensity.
Interdisciplinary and collaborative research focused on local and global challenges is a high priority for Trent. Providing researchers with opportunities to cluster by areas of mutual interest will facilitate valuable research developments.