Research at Brock

Important notice from the Vice President, Research concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus

Brock University has enacted a number of measures in response to the public health situation created by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. The various offices comprising Brock’s Research Enterprise have put in place strategies to continue supporting the work of researchers. Details of specific research measures, and the Brock response in general, can be found on the University’s coronavirus information website. Please keep checking the Research section on the Frequently Asked Questions page for the latest research-related updates.

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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.

If you are a Brock University researcher seeking support, please visit our internal Information for Researchers site or contact the Office of Research Services.

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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.

Research at a glance


Canada Research Chair positions

Level 3

Brock’s Containment Level 3 lab with an insectary is the only one of its kind in Canada.


Funding from industry partners for research at Brock jumped 69.1 per cent from 2013 to 2017

2018 Research Infosource Report


Research Institutes & Centres


First out of 17 universities across Canada in its category for the number of health sciences publications produced from 2013 to 2017
2019 Research Infosource Report


Second out of 11 universities in its category for social sciences and humanities publications produced from 2013 to 2017
2019 Research Infosource Report