Fonds F-86 - Office of the Vice-President, Research fonds

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  • 1968 - 2006, predominant 1968 - 2000 (Creation)
    Office of the Vice-President, Research

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5.38 m of textual records

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(1985 - )

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The Office of the Vice-President Research/Information Systems was officially established on September 1, 1985. Prior to this, the Associate Vice-President, Academic, John Webster was responsible for research and information systems related tasks and correspondence.

Reporting directly to the President, the new Vice-President, Tom Calvert, supervised the Instructional Media Centre, Library, Computing Services, Animal Care Facility, and University Archives. Between 1986 and 1993 he also supervised Research Services, ‘SFU Ventures’, and the University/Industry Liaison Office. In November 1988 Calvert was also appointed the Director of the Industry/Liaison Office and held both positions until August 1990. That same year the name Office of Vice-President, Research/Information Systems was changed to Office of the Vice-President, Research.

On September 1, 1990 William Leiss replaced Calvert as the new Vice-President Research. Leiss served as Vice-President until August 1993 when he was replaced by Bruce Clayman. Clayman served as the Acting Vice-President, Research until 1994 when he was officially appointed as Vice-President, Research. In 1994 Clayman also began serving as the Dean of Graduate Studies where he handled related policy matters and external relations for the graduate studies program. Clayman served as Vice-President, Research until August 2004 and during this time continued to supervise the Library, Research Services, University/Industry Liaison Office, Animal Care Facility, the Radiation Safety Office, and the Office of Research Ethics. In September 2004, Mario Pinto was appointed as the new Vice-President, Research.

The mission of the Office of the Vice-President, Research is to act as an advocate for university research and guide policy development at the university, provincial and national levels. The Office assists faculty members in applying for research grants at all levels of funding. In September of every year the Office participates in the university orientation program coordinated by the Office of the Vice-President, Academic.

The Vice-President chairs the President's Research Grant Committee and is President of SF Univentures, a for-profit company owned by SFU and used to commercialize research results. The Vice-President also serves on numerous boards and committees in the research community.

The Office of the Vice-President, Research has produced a series of publications through the years reporting on research projects at the university including "Simon Fraser University Research" and "SFU Research Matters." The Office publishes a newsletter three times a year called "Research Links" and supports the distribution of "Research Partners" by the University/Industry Liaison Office.

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The fonds consists of records relating to the administration of the Office of the Vice-President, Research. Activities, topics and events documented include correspondence with university departments, research centres and institutes, and members of the larger university community on research-related topics; liaison with the local and national research industry and the government; reports on SFU-based research projects and initiatives; and financial records including budget reports and grant applications. Also included are records of the Vice-President's involvement on university, industry and government committees. The fonds also has records relating to Bruce Clayman's term as both the Vice-President, Research and Dean of Graduate Studies.

The types of documents include meeting agendas, minutes and supporting papers; correspondence and reports; annual reports; budgets and financial working papers; contracts; and publications including newsletters, posters, brochures and directories.

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The records were transferred to the Archives through the regular application of university Records Retention Schedules and Disposal Authorities (RRSDAs).


The material was arranged by the archivist. Within each series the records have been arranged chronologically.

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Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as required by law. Files marked "pending review" must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release and, as a result of the review, access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.

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An "Access Points Index" is available for this fonds in Appendix A.

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For other material relating to the Dean of Graduate Studies please see the finding aid (F-225). For records relating to research iniatives and projects on campus, see the finding aids for the appropriate academic department. For records relating to the Tri-University Meson Facility (TRIUMF), please contact the TRIUMF research laboratory at the University of British Columbia.

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As of March 2007, all accessions have been processed. Further accruals are expected.

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The Office of the Vice-President, Research has undergone name changes that include:

Office of the Vice-President, Research and Information systems (1985 - 1990)
Office of the Vice-President, Research (1990 - )

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Financial assistance for the arrangement and description of the records and production of the finding aid was generously provided by the Office of the Vice-President, Research.

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Finding Aid prepared by Lisa Beitel in March 2007.

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