Working together to develop a Plan for the Intensification and Enhancement of Research (PIER)

Both the University Academic Plan and the Provostial White Paper identify research intensification as a key University goal and recognize research as a core endeavor that broadly enriches the institution.

York is committed to being recognized as a comprehensive, research intensive university and is making progress towards that goal. York’s Strategic Research Plan (2013-2018) has set the strategic direction for research development. York University’s new Plan for the Intensification and Enhancement of Research (PIER) provides an operational framework in support of the University Academic Plan and the Strategic Research Plan. It also supports the institutional integrated resources planning process aimed at promoting research intensification broadly across the institution at the level of the individual professor, department and within a Faculty.

“I would like to thank the PIER working group and the entire York University community for providing invaluable feedback and contributions to the PIER consultation draft over the 2015-2016 academic year,” said Robert Haché, York University’s Vice-President Research and Innovation.  “The broadly based engagement in and response to York’s Plan for the Intensification and Enhancement of Research will play a leading role in growing the research culture at York and the intensification of our research, scholarship and related creative activities.”

The release of the finalized PIER follows extensive university-wide consultations with faculty, staff and students.  These consultations included a second round following the release of the draft Plan in March 2016, preparatory to the finalization of the Plan, during which the VPRI conducted over twenty site visits with members of Faculties and units across the University to gather their feedback, and also hosted a Community Chat and an Open Forum where all members of the York University community were invited to share their views on the draft Plan.  Members of the York community also provided their feedback on the draft Plan online.

This website includes the results of the PIER consultations and provides further information on the final PIER report.

Robert Haché,
Vice-President Research & Innovation