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Research and Innovation Plan

Ahead of Tomorrow Implementation Plan

Implementation Plans

Any strategy is only as good as our follow-through. As part of the strategic plan, four implementation plans have been created to cover shorter time periods. These three-year plans expand on how the university will deliver approved initiatives, meet set goals and build out roadmaps of enabling activities that are needed to deliver on Ahead of Tomorrow.

This Research and Innovation Plan addresses the research and innovation strategy for Ahead of Tomorrow. Activities and initiatives in this plan are integrated with approaches described in the Academic Plan, Community Engagement Plan, and Operations Plan. 

As with all University activity, the Research and Innovation Plan should be considered and interpreted through our foundational commitments to: Equity Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility; Indigenous Engagement; Mental Health; Global Engagement; and Sustainability.

Universities exist to educate, to discover and to enrich the societies they serve.

The University of Calgary is one of Canada’s top comprehensive research universities, with a mission to produce new knowledge and to translate knowledge into impact. Impact from research and scholarship is realized in many domains —including social, health, environmental, artistic, cultural, economic, legal, technological, and policy domains. 

These positive influences from UCalgary research and scholarship will benefit local, national and international communities.

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Research and Innovation Ahead of Tomorrow

As established by Ahead of Tomorrow, the goal of the University of Calgary is to maximize research impact, and we will do this by harnessing the power of research and innovation to tackle society’s biggest challenges.


Three objectives have been set for 2030 in Ahead of Tomorrow:

  1. Become a #1 University in U15, research revenue per scholar.
  2. Grow external research revenue to $750M a year.
  3. Grow our position as Canada #1 creator of start-ups creators in the world.

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Academic Innovation Plan

The University of Calgary, driven by its academic mission, seeks to innovate, create, and contribute to society through excellence in teaching, student experience, research, and service.

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Community Plan

The university commits to addressing shared concerns and seizing opportunities, exceeding future expectations through entrepreneurialism, inclusivity, and prosperity for all.

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Operations Plan

University operations support creating, running and sustaining best-in-class processes and services. This enables the UCalgary community to reach their goals and achieve their ambitions.

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Ahead of Tomorrow | Strategic Plan 2023-30

The University of Calgary’s remarkable trajectory reflects audacious growth and entrepreneurial spirit. Our students, postdocs, faculty, staff, and community have built a bold university in less than 60 years.

What is next?  How do we look beyond tomorrow?

This Strategic Plan shapes our journey toward 2030, considered through long-term, foundational commitments to: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility; Indigenous Engagement; Mental Health; Global Engagement; and Sustainability.