The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is the province’s largest university, an educational and
research network with 225 years of history in New Brunswick, and two main campuses located in
Fredericton and Saint John. Founded in 1785, UNB offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in
more than 60 disciplines and continuing education in a variety of fields. Our mission is to create the
premier university environment for our students, faculty and staff in which to learn, work and live. As
outlined in our strategic plan*, the University seeks to:
Build a better province by collaborating with many partners in our province to advance the social,
economic and cultural progress of our province and being open to relationships with New Brunswick’s
geographic and cultural communities ; by increasing opportunities to engage with other cultures, further developing our relationships with international communities.
Instill leadership in discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship by communicating to the university community, and the broader public, the social, economic, and cultural benefits of our diverse research activities.
Our strong ties to our communities, local, provincial and regional, and a proud history of collaboration have made a significant difference to the province of New Brunswick, improving the lives of our citizens. As we educate our students, and learn more about the world, connecting people and ideas, we will lead discovery and innovation on national and international stages advancing New Brunswick's social, economic and cultural development.
To achieve these goals and to engage and communicate our research outside of New Brunswick, the
University will implement knowledge mobilization initiatives to maximize the benefit of research and
scholarly activity. The services to support knowledge mobilization are distributed across the
University’s Office of Research Services and across various research centres, networks and research
The New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NBSPRN), is one such organization located at
UNB with the mandate to advance an evidencebased approach to policy development. Key to the
NBSPRN mandate is identifying occasions for collaboration between governments, informed
communities and researchers in the area of social and economic development. The Network currently
offers a number of KM services to its membership including matching collaborators, brokering
relationships, offering research and grant proposal support and disseminating research findings. The
Network’s Executive Director and Research Coordinator will represent the University by participating in
ResearchImpact and building capacity for knowledge mobilization throughout both UNB campuses, the
province and the rest of Canada.