Royal Roads research seeks to contribute to positive change in individuals’ lives, communities and societies. Our research is intentionally designed to directly benefit the communities in which we live, work and play, be they local, national, or international. Royal Roads research aims to inspire action and address real-world challenges such as those in education, technology, information, the natural world, and social systems as we prepare for a disruptive future.

These are the opening sentences of the RRU 3-year Strategic Research Plan, which guides and directs research at the University. It is a dynamic document which is meant to be a starting point to build a vigorous research climate and culture within Royal Roads and to guide the development of specific areas of focus as we move into the future.

Research at RRU is focused on three strategic themes: ‘Innovative learning,’ ‘Thriving organizations,’ and 'Sustainable communities, livelihoods and the environment,’ which are meant to respond and seek to address critical issues of our time.

Royal Roads University recognizes the importance of mobilizing the knowledge gained from research through various means, including formal publications and conference presentations, as shown in the Scholarly Outputs and Research Activity booklets (formerly Staff and Faculty Grants and Publications), and Roads to Research presentations. We also periodically highlight our researchers and their work in Research in Action booklets and videos.

We acknowledge the support of the Tri-Agency Research Support Fund, which assists Canadian postsecondary institutions and their affiliated research hospitals and institutes with the expenses associated with managing the research funded by the three federal research granting agencies (SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC).