TRIUMF is an enterprise that includes on-site technical, engineering, and administrative staff; university researchers and students; private-sector collaborators and licensees; international collaborators; and publicly funded agencies supporting basic research in Canada’s interests. TRIUMF’s organization reflects these multiple stakeholders working together in concert.
The mix of resources at TRIUMF is very different than at a university. This results in different synergies than are possible at a university. In fact, TRIUMF’s main strength is that it has a range of resources, both human and hardware, that can be applied coherently to a given problem. A typical TRIUMF user from the Canadian research community obtains technical support, collaborates with on-staff scientists, and may use a TRIUMF project engineer. This is in addition to any use of the physical resources. University-based researchers want to work with TRIUMF because these resources simply are not available at their home institutions. Scientists at TRIUMF become the key points of contact for their research. This contact helps foster collaborative partnerships among Canadian researchers and between Canadian researchers and their international colleagues. TRIUMF also provides salary support (in whole or in part) for about a dozen scientists resident at Canadian universities. This support strengthens the scientific and intellectual ties between TRIUMF and the universities. In addition, as an active research centre, TRIUMF maintains an atmosphere that promotes intellectual activity through seminars, visitor programs, and workshops. Tying it all together is a management structure geared to maximizing the science impact for Canada.