Brock research has a heart for community and a head for innovation. Our passion drives us to discover, disseminate, and apply new knowledge. Improving quality of life through leading-edge research and scholarship is what we’re all about. We are heavily invested in the economic, social and cultural health of our community and beyond. Scores of partnerships between the community and all faculties within the University make research a two-way process: we learn from one another as we discover and innovate together.
We are very proud of the research that Faculties and departments generate at Brock and the contributions that our researchers make to society. Here, we give an overview of our research themes and provide a few highlights of the innovative and creative work being done all across the University. For a deeper look at our research, see the 2019-2025 Brock University Strategic Research Plan. Please visit our Faculty and department pages for more information and further examples of our research. For questions about changes in policies and procedures due to COVID-19, please keep checking the Research section on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the University’s coronavirus information website for the latest research-related updates.
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Investing in Niagara
We help grow Niagara’s economic and social life, particularly through our internationally-renowned grape and wine research and through our community think-tank.
Brain and behaviour
Our brain and behaviour research gives us a deeper understanding of all stages of human development, especially with our children and adolescents.
Promoting health and well-being
The results of our health and well-being research range from international breakthroughs to fitness programs for seniors and people living with disabilities.
“Natural factories” and green chemistry
Our scientists work with plants to create products and process used in green chemistry and anti-cancer drugs, among others.
Our precious environment
Research on our natural environment gives us clues to tackling climate change, water governance and even life on Mars!
Creating a just world
We attain deeper understanding of social justice issues, particularly in the areas of labour rights and animal justice.
The meaning of life
Our wide-ranging scholarship gives us insights and inspirations on the world around us.
Research at a glance
Canada Research Chair allocations
Brock’s Containment Level 3 lab with an insectary is the only one of its kind in Canada
Growth of esearch grants and contracts received from corporate sources from fiscal years 2019 to 2020
Research Institutes & Centres
Best Canadian university for chemistry PhD programs
Erudera (online education platform)
Rise in international collaboration publication growth from 2000 to 2019