Office of Research Services

The University’s commitment to excellence in research and innovation drives the strategic priorities of the Office of Research Services (ORS). Our staff members recognize that supporting and communicating the intellectual, creative and entrepreneurial directions of our faculty researchers and students provide the prime focus for our services.

ORS has been established to assist faculty and staff researchers in enhancing their research activities. This is accomplished by advising and developing relationships with funding agencies, government, business and industry.

Our support team includes specialists in contract management, research funding opportunities, technology and knowledge transfer, communications and financial accountability, together offering a high level of service to faculty and staff.

If you are Brock faculty or staff seeking research support, please log into the internal Services for Researchers website. There you will find forms, guidelines and other documents and procedures for all stages of your research.

What we do:

  • our research officers, technology transfer officers, research accounting officers, and legal counsel support pre- and post-award grants and contract development and management
  • we promote and communicate Brock’s research achievements through internal and external channels
  • we endeavour to support and promote the research and creative activity of our faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students and staff, from idea to innovation to marketplace/community.

Key areas of service

1. Grants and Funding

A wide array of public and private sources support Brock research. The majority of our funding comes from three federal government agencies: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). In addition, to accessing external funding, Brock offers researchers a variety of internal awards both at the university-wide and faculty level.

If you are a Brock University researcher, and if you are looking for funding, require assistance with your grant application forms, or have any questions, please log into the internal Services for Researchers website.

If you are from outside Brock, and if you have any questions relating to accounting, please contact the Office of Research Services, 905-688-5550 extension​ 5332; orsadmin@brocku.ca

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Awards

NSERC allocates a quota of awards to each eligible university and the selection process is done by the university. For full information on the program, see: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/UG-PC/USRA-BRPC_eng.asp

Brock University holds a competition each winter to fill the quota.

Competition launch: early January; Application deadline: mid-February; Notice of decision: mid-March

For more information, please contact Brock’s NSERC USRA Liaison Officer, Josie Reed.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDFs) program funds the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country’s economic, social and research-based growth. The objective of the Banting PDFs program is to:

  • Attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • Develop their leadership potential
  • Position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow

Potential candidates must work closely with a supervisor who supports their candidacy. The Banting PDFs program is highly competitive, with only 70 fellowships per year distributed equally among the three granting agencies: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. The awards are valued at $70,000 per year for 2 years (non-renewable). Institutions are expected to be highly selective in the applications that they submit. The internal review package is due at 12:00 noon on Monday June 24th.

See 2019-2020 Banting Fellowship announcement for more details about the program and how to apply.

Individuals who would like to apply to be a Banting Fellow at Brock University must first find a faculty supervisor for the two-year fellowship. Learn more about potential faculty supervisors at https://brocku.ca/academics/

The Office of Research Services cannot “match” or assign potential candidates to supervisors. For more information, please contact Biljana Vasilevska: bvasilevska@brocku.ca

2. Awards and Recognitions

In addition to awards and recognitions offered by individual faculties, Brock University has two campus-wide awards to recognize our outstanding researchers.

Please note: Guidelines and application forms can be found on our internal website (login required).

This award recognizes faculty whose distinguished research or creative activity (appropriate to the nominee’s discipline and faculty) demonstrates outstanding research achievements, contributions to the training of future researchers, and strong performance in scholarly or creative performance. Recipients will be formally recognized by the presentation of a diploma and cash award at a Brock University function.

The 2018 recipient of the award is Dr. Liette Vasseur. Dr. Vasseur is a full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University where she is also a member of the Women and Gender Studies program and the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, one of the five transdisciplinary spaces at the university. Since 2014, she holds the UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability: from Local to Global at Brock. She currently leads the thematic group on Climate Change Adaptation of the Commission for Ecosystem Management (CEM) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and since September 2016, Vice-Chair North America at the CEM. Her research program is highly interdisciplinary and links issues such as community-based ecosystem management, climate change adaptation and resilience and sustainable agriculture and rural communities. In Canada it includes impacts of extreme events on meadow ecosystems, use of new technologies in sustainable agriculture, and ecosystem/landscape sustainable development and resilience in Niagara rural communities.

Previous award winners:

Please note: Guidelines and application forms can be found on our internal website (login required).

Brock University recognizes the excellent scholarship of its faculty members. To encourage and sustain high levels of scholarly performance, Brock has established the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence, open solely to Brock tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Chair holders will be active scholars who have demonstrated excellence and who will continue to make significant contributions to the advancement of their field. Recipients of the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence can undertake a specific three-year program of research leading to a significant development in their scholarship (e.g., a scholarly monograph, a state-of-the-art review that might lead to a seminal series of scholarly lectures).

The research program for the Chair may be integrated within a broader research and scholarly focus. Each awardee will give at least one public lecture on their research to the Brock University community.

The 2018 Chairholder is Tony Volk. Dr. Volk, Professor of Child and Youth Studies, researches bullying and other anti-social behaviours in adolescents with the goal of promoting healthy child development. Read about more details of his work and upcoming research.

Previous Chairholders:

3. Innovation and Commercialization

Many of the discoveries our researchers make have real-world applications. Learn more.

4. Research Accounting

Brock University receives and hold research funds awarded to members of the University’s research community. These grants impose a duty on the University community to ensure the use of the funds meets the eligibility and compliance policies of the funder. This responsibility is shared with several stakeholders in research and research administration.

Research Accounting is responsible for the post-award financial administration of all research funding, including externally sponsored funds and internal university research grants.

If you have any questions related to accounting, feel free to contact the Office of Research Services, 905-688-5550 extension​ 5332; orsadmin@brocku.ca

The Canadian government’s Research Support Fund

The Research Support Fund (formerly the Federal Indirect Costs Program) is a Government of Canada funding program to assist Canadian post-secondary institutions in offsetting the cost of administering research awards from the three federal granting councils (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research). Brock University receives funding support for the indirect costs incurred on Tri-Council funded research through the program.

A thriving research culture must be supported by a vast infrastructure that is often taken for granted. Laboratories require light and heat to operate, equipment needs to be maintained, library collections are built and cultivated to aid faculty and students in their research. Brock’s hundreds of researchers come to the Office of Research Services for assistance in filling out their grant applications, advice on how to comply with spending and financial requirements, navigating the system of ethical review and compliance, and in some cases communicating their research activities to a wider audience.

All of these things essential to research activities – heat, light, library materials, the establishment and functioning of a system of ethical review and compliance, management and administrative services and other indirect costs – cost money, yet most research grants do not provide additional funds to help a university defray these costs. As a result, over time the research activity puts a strain on the institution’s budget.

Click here for more information about the Research Support Fund.

In 2019-2020, Brock University will allocate its Research Support Fund (RSF) funding in the following five areas:

Facilities (5.6%): The RSF will be used to update laboratory space to meet researchers’ urgent needs. A portion of these funds will support the ongoing maintenance of institutional websites that profile research accomplishments, build research partnerships and provide researchers with the forms, guidelines and other documents they need for their work.

Resources (1.5%): RSF funds will support the licensing of tools that accelerate the research process by integrating funding, collaborator discovery, and publishing opportunities (Pivot). These tools connect researchers to financial support by leveraging the most comprehensive global source of sponsored funding opportunities and provides scholarly profiles to match researchers with financial partners and collaborators. Additionally, licenses for a research survey instrument (Qualtircs) will also be purchased to enable researchers across campus to collect critical data.

Management and Administration (59.3%): RSF funds are a key component of the Office of Research Services’ budget, which provides researchers access to professional staff who assist them with grant writing and oversee their financial compliance and reporting. In 2019-20, funding will be used to purchase an electronic research administration system to improve overall efficiency and client service.

Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation (9.6%): The operation of the Research Ethics Board, the Animal Care and Use Committee, and Research Safety are funded through the RSF program. Funding is also used to support further development and advancement of training programs for users of animal care services.

Intellectual property and Commercialization (24%): RSF funds have allowed Brock University to meet rapidly expanding needs in the fields of intellectual property, patenting, technology transfer, and commercialization. Funding received in 2019-20 will support the salaries of staff who build research partnerships between Brock researchers, industry and community groups and develop identify avenues for the commercialization of new technologies.

See Brock University’s Statement of Research Fund Objectives and Indicators 2019-20.

 

 

See Brock University’s Report on Research Support Fund Objectives 2018-19.

2018-19 Actual Expenditures Graph

5. International Opportunities

The Office of Research Services administers, facilitates and supports international research and development at Brock University.

Our specific responsibilities include:

  • work closely with Brock International in promoting opportunities for international research and development for our faculty members
  • assist faculty members in the preparation and submission of international research contracts and grants
  • monitor compliance on international research contracts and grants including human research ethics, animal care and use, and nuclear, chemical and biohazard safety
  • work closely with Brock International in promoting the success of international research contracts and grants

International activities include research in several areas.

Brock’s Visiting International Professor (VIP) program brings visiting faculty from academic institutions in other nations to visit Brock for an extended period, teaching a course (or courses) in their area of expertise and collaborating with Brock faculty, staff and students in a range of academic activities. Typically, the stipends that are paid per course will cover all travel expenses, accommodations, and living expenses, for the period of one or two academic term(s).

Brock University has formal International Partnerships with more than 150 institutions over 50 different countries.

 

For more information on international opportunities, contact:

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