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Institutional performance objectives

Ontario Tech University has set five performance objectives to strategically guide how to allocate future funding from the Research Support Fund (RSF) program. It has also identified corresponding performance indicators and target outcomes to ensure institutional accountability to stakeholders, including researchers, community and industry partners, and Canadian taxpayers.

The university is required to report the outcomes of the performance objectives annually. This report is typically due in June.

Fiscal year

  • 2019-2020

    Fiscal year

    • 2019-2020

    Eligible program expenditure category

    Output (investment or expense of RSF grant funds)

    Institutional performance objective

    Performance indicator

    Target outcome

    Report outcomes (due June 2020)

    Research facilities

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining research laboratories to support new and ongoing research.

    Enhance current research laboratory space by renovating and maintaining laboratories to support new and ongoing research.

    Square footage of research space renovated and/or maintained in 2019-2020.

    Maintenance of the square footage of research space at the university in 2019-2020 compared to 2018-2019.

    Target to be reported:

    Number of square feet maintained in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020 compared to 2018-2019.

    Research resources

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining the library resources.

     

    Maintain the number of library research holdings and subscriptions.

    Number of library research holdings and subscriptions in 2019-2020.

    Maintenance of number of library research holdings and/or subscriptions in FY 2019-2020 compared to 2018-2019.

    Target to be reported:

    Number of library research holdings and subscriptions in FY 2019-2020 compared to 2018-2019.

    Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining grants and contract development and research accounting support services.

     

    Increase total research funding.

    Total value of sponsored research received in 2019-2020.

    Two per cent increase in the dollar value of sponsored research  in 2019-2020 compared to 2018-2019.

    Target to be reported:

    Percentage increase in the in  sponsored funding by the institution in FY 2019-2020 compared to 2018-2019.

    Regulatory requirements and accreditation

    Invest a portion of the RSF in supporting the activities of the research ethics board, animal care committee, radiation safety and biosafety committees.

    Streamline the ethics and compliance application process by updating the electronic information system.

    Number of ethics or safety committees able to  process applications electronically  by the end of FY 2019-2020.

    Continue to improve the use of the e-submission system to enable online submission of one new ethics or safety committee by the end of fiscal year 2019-2020.

    Target to be reported:

    Availability of online submission for one new ethics or safety committee by the end of fiscal year 2019-2020.

    Intellectual property and knowledge mobilization

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining the patent portfolio and innovation related support services.

     

    Maintain the number of patents by effectively managing the patent portfolio.

    Number of patents maintained and new disclosures in 2019-2020.

    Maintain the patent portfolio in 2019-2020.

    Target to be reported:

    Maintain the patent portfolio in 2019-2020 compared to 2018-2019.

  • 2018-2019

    Eligible program expenditure category

    Output (investment or expense of RSF grant funds)

    Institutional performance objective

    Performance indicator

    Target outcome

    Report outcomes 

    Research facilities

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining research laboratories to support new and ongoing research.

    Enhance current research laboratory space by renovating and maintaining laboratories to support new and ongoing research.

    Square footage of research space renovated and/or maintained in 2018-2019.

    Maintenance of the square footage of research space at the university in 2018-2019 compared to 2017-2018.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported the ongoing maintenance of research space at UOIT. 

    In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019, 92,743.25 ft² of research space were maintained, an approximate 13.6% increase over the previous year's total.

    Research resources

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining the library resources.

     

    Maintain the number of library research holdings and subscriptions.

    Number of library research holdings and subscriptions in 2018-2019.

    Number of library research holdings and/or subscriptions in FY 2018-2019 compared to 2017-2018.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported the library.

    In FY 2018-2019, the university library maintained approximately 1,045,641 electronic resources.  (Includes databases, streaming media, ejournals, ebooks and eAudio). This is an approximate increase of 10.3% over the previous year.

    Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining grants development and research accounting support services.

     

    Increase the number of grant applications and contracts administered.

    Number of grant applications and contracts administered in 2018-2019.

    Two per cent increase in the number of grants and contracts processed in 2018-2019 compared to 2017-2018.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund was invested in supporting management and administration of the institution’s research enterprise.

    There was a slight 3.2% decrease in the number of grants and contracts administered by the institution in FY 2018-2019, as compared to the previous year.

    Regulatory requirements and accreditation

    Invest a portion of the RSF in supporting the activities of the research ethics board, animal care committee, radiation safety and biosafety committees.

    Streamline the ethics and compliance application process by updating the electronic information system.

    Number of ethics or safety committees able to  process applications electronically  by the end of FY 2019-2020.

    Continue to improve the use of the e-submission system to enable online submission of one new ethics or safety committee by the end of fiscal year 2019-2020.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund was invested in supporting regulatory requirements and accreditation.

    This outcome is on track to be completed by the projected end-date.

    Intellectual property and knowledge mobilization

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining the patent portfolio and innovation related support services.

     

    Maintain the number of patents by effectively managing the patent portfolio.

    Number of patents maintained and new disclosures in 2018-2019.

    Maintain the patent portfolio in 2018-2019.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported the maintenance of patent applications.

    In total, 42 patent applications were maintained in FY 2018-2019 an approximate increase of  5% as compared to the previous year.

    There were 17 new disclosures in FY 2018-2019, an increase of 54.5% over the previous year.

     

  • 2017-2018

    Eligible program expenditure category

    Output (investment or expense of RSF grant funds)

    Institutional performance objective

    Performance indicator

    Target outcome

    Report outcomes

    Research facilities

     

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining research laboratories to support new and ongoing research.

     

    Enhance current research laboratory space by renovating and maintaining laboratories to support new and ongoing research.

    Square footage of research space renovated and/or maintained in 2017-2018.

    Maintenance of the square footage of research space at the university in 2017-2018 compared to 2016-2017.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported the ongoing maintenance of research space at Ontario Tech. 

    In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018, there were 81,665 square feet maintained. This is approximately a 4.8 per cent increase over the previous year's total of 77,941 square feet.

    Research resources

     

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining the library resources.

     

    Maintain number of library research holdings and subscriptions.

    Number of library research holdings and subscriptions in 2017-2018.

     

    Number of library research holdings and/or subscriptions in FY 2017-2018 compared to 2016-2017.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported the library.

    In FY 2017-2018, the university library maintained approximately 948,000 electronic resources.  (Includes databases, streaming media, ejournals and ebooks). Which is an increase of approximately 25.6 per cent over FY 2016-2017 

    Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise

     

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining grants development and research accounting support services.

     

    Increase the number of grant applications and contracts administered.

    Number of grant applications and contracts administered in 2017-2018.

    Two per cent increase in the number of grants and contracts processed in 2017-2018 compared to 2016-2017.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund was invested in supporting management and administration of the institution’s research enterprise.

    There was a slight 7.7 per cent decrease in the number of grants and contracts administered by the institution in FY 2017-2018, compared to 2016-2017.

    Regulatory requirements and accreditation

     

    Invest a portion of the RSF in supporting the activities of the research ethics board, animal care committee, radiation safety and biosafety committees.

     

     

    Streamline the ethics and compliance application process by updating the electronic information system.

     

    Number of ethics and compliance applications processed electronically in FY 2017-2018.

    100 per cent increase in the number of research ethics applications processed electronically in 2017-2018, compared to 2016-2017.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund was invested in supporting regulatory requirements and accreditation.

    The electronic submission system launch was successful and in FY 2017-2018  100 per cent of research ethics applications were  submitted and administered via our  electronic information system.

    Intellectual property and knowledge mobilization




    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining the patent portfolio and innovation related support services.

     

    Maintain the number of patents by effectively managing the patent portfolio.

    Number of patents maintained and new disclosures in 2017-2018.

    Maintain the patent portfolio in 2017-2018.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported the maintenance of patent applications.

    In total, 40 patent applications were maintained in FY 2017-2018 a decrease of approximately 4.8 per cent as compared to FY 2016-2017, when in total, 42 patent applications were maintained.

    There were 11 new disclosures in FY 2017-2018, an increase of 57 per cent over the previous year.

     

  • 2016-2017

    Eligible program expenditure category

    Output (investment or expense of RSF grant funds)

    Institutional performance objective

    Performance indicator

    Target outcome

    Report outcomes

    Research facilities

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining research laboratories to support new and ongoing research.

    Enhance current research laboratory space by renovating and maintaining laboratories to support new and ongoing research.

    Square footage of research space renovated and/or maintained in 2016-2017.

    Maintenance of the square footage of research space at the university in 2016-2017 compared to 2015-2016.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported the ongoing maintenance of research space at the university. 

    In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-2017, 77,941 square feet were maintained. This is approximately an eight per cent increase over the previous year's total of 72,128 square feet.

    Research resources

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining the library resources.

    Maintain the number of library research holdings and subscriptions.

    Number of library research holdings and subscriptions in 2015-2016.

    Number of library research holdings and/or subscriptions in FY 2016-2017 compared to 2015-2016.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported the library.

    In FY 2016-2017, the university library maintained approximately 755,000 digital resources, which is a slight decrease (2.45 per cent) from the 2015-2016 fiscal year's total of 774,528. This can be attributed to increased costs of digital licences and the increasing U.S. dollar exchange rate as 80 per cent of licences are paid for in U.S. dollars.

    Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining grants development and research accounting support services.

    Increase the number of grant applications and contracts administered.

    Number of grant applications and contracts administered in 2016-2017.

    Two per cent increase in the number of grants and contracts processed in 2016-2017 compared to 2015-2016.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported grant development activities at the university. 

    In total, 624 grants and contracts were administered in FY 2016-2017, which is comparable to the 623 administered in FY 2015-2016.

    Regulatory requirements and accreditation

    Invest a portion of the RSF in supporting the activities of the Research Ethics Board, Animal Care Committee, and the Radiation Safety and Biosafety committees.

    Streamline the ethics and compliance application process by updating the electronic information system.

    Number of ethics and compliance applications processed electronically in FY 2016-2017.

    80 per cent increase in the number of research ethics applications processed electronically in 2016-2017, compared to 2015-2016.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported research ethics activities at the university.

    Of the total ethics applications in FY 2016-17, 82 per cent were submitted using the new e-submission system.

    Intellectual property and knowledge mobilization

    Invest a portion of the RSF in maintaining the patent portfolio and innovation related support services.

    Maintain the number of patents by effectively managing the patent portfolio.

    Number of patents maintained and new disclosures in 2016-2017.

    Maintain the current patent portfolio in 2016-2017. Increase the number of invention disclosures by two per cent in 2016-2017 compared to 2015-2016.

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported the maintenance of patent applications.

    In total, 42 patent applications were maintained in FY 2016-2017. This total included doubling of granted patents over FY 2015-2016. As focus was placed on the maintenance of the current patent portfolio, there was a decrease of 46.2 per cent in invention disclosures over the same period.

  • 2015-2016

    Eligible expenditure category

    Institutional performance objective

    Indicator

    Output

    Outcomes reported 2015-2016

    Research facilities

    Enhance current research laboratory space by renovating and maintaining laboratories to support new and ongoing research.

    Number of research facilities or square footage renovated and maintained in 2015-2016.

    Portion of the Research Support Fund grant invested to renovate and maintain research facilities.

    Outcome:

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported the renovation costs. In total, 6,834.88 square metres of research facilities were renovated.

    Research resources

    Maintain the number of library research holdings and subscriptions.

    Number of library research holdings and subscriptions in 2015-2016.

    Portion of the Research Support Fund grant invested in library holdings and subscriptions.

    Outcome:

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported the library. The university library maintained approximately 771,545 digital resources, including 112 Canadian and U.S. research databases.

    Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise

    Increase the number of grant and applications and contracts administered.

    Increase the number of grant applications administered.

    Portion of Research Support Fund grant invested in research support services.

    Outcome:

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported the grant development activities. In total, 327 new grant applications and 296 active projects were administered.

    Regulatory requirements and accreditation

    Streamline the ethics and compliance application process by updating the electronic information system.

    Number of ethics and compliance applications processed electronically in Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

    Portion of Research Support Fund grant invested in upgrading electronic system.

    Outcome:

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported research ethics activities. Pilot testing of research ethics application e-submission system was conducted. Five applications were submitted electronically in total.

    Intellectual property and knowledge mobilization

    Maintain the number of patents by effectively managing the patent portfolio.

    Number of patents maintained.

    Portion of Research Support Fund grant invested in maintaining patent applications.

    Outcome:

    A portion of the Research Support Fund grant supported the maintenance of patent applications. In total, 43 patent applications were maintained.