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Research Clusters

Definition

Research clusters at Concordia University of Edmonton are groups of researchers engaged in similar research areas, fields or themes that may or may not cross disciplines and academic domains.

Purpose

The purpose of the clusters is to promote collaboration among faculty members in their scholarly work in known or emerging areas of common interest that may also intersect with Concordia University of Edmonton’s Strategic Research Plan. The research clusters are intended to bring greater internal and external attention to faculty and student research, deepen its cumulative impact, and help leverage external funding for sustained collaborative efforts. Clusters can facilitate exchange among Concordia University of Edmonton faculty and, where appropriate, students as well as faculty members from other institutions in workshops, symposia, or conferences, to encourage experimentation with new forms of collaboration within and beyond Concordia University of Edmonton, and to broaden faculty research across disciplines.

Research clusters are construed broadly to include basic and applied research as understood at Concordia University of Edmonton, and a range of scholarly, creative, and performance practices and knowledge production in the context of design. The nature of the collaborations may vary, but success is predicated upon individual faculty members bringing their own agendas into a group context that will in turn help them reshape and extend their own work, and, collectively, create a substantial body of knowledge by the quality-assured research publications of the participating members.

Research clusters at Concordia University of Edmonton are led by faculty members.

Criteria for Formal Recognition

Recognition as a Research Cluster requires approval by the Vice President, International and Research, based on a detailed application and ongoing data sheet (see form below).

The following guidelines will be observed:

  • A minimum of three researchers working on a common area. Members may be pursuing individual projects in a related field or pursuing collaborative research as a team.
  • The Cluster must have one or more research projects that will result in outputs such as publications, academic events.

Application

Applications are made by completion of the Research Cluster Application Form and are accepted by the Vice President at any time.

Approval

The Vice President will evaluate the application against the criteria and communicate his decision to the cluster and the Research and Faculty Development Committee. If approved, the application/data sheet will integrate the Research files and be posted on Concordia University of Edmonton’s website.

Management of the Clusters

The leaders, in communication with the Office of Research, will keep the data sheet and the events sections on the web site updated on membership, research, publications, events, etc. No automatic funding is attached to the recognition of the Research Cluster, and funding should be sought internally and externally. Research Clusters are eligible to apply for internal Research Grants at Concordia University of Edmonton.

Performance Review

The leaders, in communication with the Office of Research, will keep the data sheet and the events sections.

For any information regarding research and research clusters please contact the Vice President, International and Research, Dr. Manfred Zeuch, at manfred.zeuch@concordia.ab.ca.