The University of Calgary has a bold vision: to achieve the highest standards of excellence in discovery and innovation through a clear strategic direction—Eyes High—to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, grounded in innovative teaching and learning and fully integrated with the community of Calgary. Working in the context of this vision, the Office of the Vice-President (Research) focuses on planning and policy issues, government and community relations, as well as being responsible as research chairs and institutes, research administration, and institutional animal care.
As a member of the U15 leading research-intensive universities in Canada, the University of Calgary is ranked one of the Top 10 research universities in the country. As a comprehensive research institution, the university houses 73 Canada Research Chairs and more than 80 research institutes and centres working to find solutions to some of the most challenging problems facing society today. It has over 1,800 academic staff actively engaged in research, scholarship and teaching in Canada and around the world.