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, ethics, animal care, hazardous materials, communications and financial accountability, together offering a high level of service to faculty and staff.

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 manage responsible conduct of research and compliance with regulatory and legislative requirements, including human research ethics, animal care and use, and nuclear, chemical and biohazard safety
  • 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 “Grants and Funding” section on the Office of Research Service’s SharePoint site.

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 Match of Minds Program: 2018

The Match of Minds program provides research employment opportunities for students across all faculties, which are intended to enhance their employability in future research positions. The program also encourages the development of skills and abilities of students for future employment, in turn also improving the quality of Research Assistants available to faculty researchers.

The Match of Minds program supports a number of different activities. To simplify the application process, we have removed the various streams and will accept applications that support the following activities:

  • Provide support for an incoming undergraduate student for a research assistant position
  • Provide support for a one-term research assistant position for undergraduate students
  • Provide funding for graduate students to gain skills that will improve their employability in their chosen field
  • Provide funding for students (undergraduate or graduate) to develop a commercial enterprise
  • Provide funding for an undergraduate or graduate student to assist with the development of a Service-Learning or Experiential Learning initiative​

Eligibility Criteria

Match of Minds applications are to be made by a Brock faculty or staff member. The application must clearly outline:

  • The activities that the student will be undertaking during their term
  • What specific skills the students will gain, outside their regular academic activities, which will benefit them in future endeavours
  • Demonstrate the current level of the student is appropriate for the work being proposed or a brief plan of how the Faculty member intends to mentor the student to develop the necessary skills

Faculty or staff members who have identified an interested student as a potential Research Assistant are invited to submit an application. Funds from the Match of Minds program will be made available to the successful applicants to cover the salary and benefits of their student employees.

 

Due to the popularity of this program and in the spirit of maximizing opportunities for students, the program can only support a student once. Thus, applications for students that have already benefitted from Match of Minds funding are ineligible.

Application Process

  1. Complete the application form found on the website.
  2. Attach a 1 page letter of support from the faculty or staff member
  3. Attach a 1 page letter from the student
  4. Send all materials to the Office of Research Service, bvasilevska@brocku.ca by Friday March 2nd, 12:00 noon

Brock University Procedures for compliance U.S. Public Health Service Financial Conflict of Interest Regulations

OFFICE OF RESEARCH SERVICES INTERNAL PROCEDURES

  1. INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION OF THESE PROCEDURES:

These Procedures apply to all Brock University research funded by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other granting agencies and components of the PHS.  These Procedures may also apply to Brock University research funded by other sponsors who have adopted the PHS regulations and/or standards as a contractual or regulatory requirement of funding.

These Procedures and the Investigator Procedures together implement 2 U.S. regulations regarding research that is funded by the PHS and its awarding components: the Regulation on Promoting Objectivity in Research and the Regulation on Responsible Prospective Contractors (the “Regulations”), both effective August 24, 2012. The purpose of the Regulations is to promote objectivity in research by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of research funded under PHS grants, cooperative agreements and contracts will be free from bias resulting from Investigator FCOIs.

The Regulations provide that they apply to all institutions, both U.S. and foreign, applying for or receiving PHS research funding, including funding that is received as a sub-award from another institution, and to each Investigator participating (or planning to participate) in such research. All contracts and grants from PHS awarding components now require the University to agree to be bound by the Regulations as a condition of funding.

In addition to the PHS and its components, some other U.S. sponsors of research, including some U.S. foundations, have adopted the Regulations. Where the terms of those sponsors’ funding contracts or grants require the University to adhere to the Regulations, these Procedures, as necessarily modified for context, will apply.

One of the requirements of the Regulations is that the University must have a written enforced policy on FCOIs for PHS-funded research that complies with the Regulations. These Procedures and the Investigator Procedures together fulfill that requirement.

See the complete document.

INVESTIGATOR PROCEDURES

  1. APPLICATION OF THESE PROCEDURES:

These Procedures apply to all Brock University research funded by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other granting agencies and components of the PHS.  These Procedures may also apply to Brock University research funded by other sponsors who have adopted the PHS regulations and/or standards as a contractual or regulatory requirement of funding.

These Procedures and the Office of Research Services Internal Procedures together implement 2 U.S. regulations regarding research that is funded by the PHS and its awarding components: the Regulation on Promoting Objectivity in Research and the Regulation on Responsible Prospective Contractors (the “Regulations”), both effective August 24, 2012. The purpose of the Regulations is to promote objectivity in research by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of research funded under PHS grants, cooperative agreements and contracts will be free from bias resulting from Investigator FCOIs.

The Regulations provide that they apply to all institutions, both U.S. and foreign, applying for or receiving PHS research funding, including funding that is received as a sub-award from another institution, and to each Investigator participating (or planning to participate) in such research. All contracts and grants from PHS awarding components now require the University to agree to be bound by the Regulations as a condition of funding.

In addition to the PHS and its components, some other U.S. sponsors of research, including some U.S. foundations, have adopted the Regulations. Where the terms of those sponsors’ funding contracts or grants require the University to adhere to the Regulations, these Procedures, as necessarily modified for context, will apply.

One of the requirements of the Regulations is that the University must have a written enforced policy on FCOIs for PHS-funded research that complies with the Regulations. These Procedures and the Office of Research Services Internal Procedures together fulfill that requirement.

See the complete document.

FINANCIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST FORM

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 2017 recipient of the award is Stephen Cheung. Dr. Cheung, Professor of Kinesiology, researches human physiology and performance in extreme environments, specifically how extreme temperatures affect muscle and heart function, blood flow, oxygen levels in the body, the ability to think, and other physiological systems. To do so, he uses highly specialized equipment in his Environmental Ergonomics Lab (EEL), a state-of-the-art facility that regulates temperature, humidity and oxygen content. Dr. Cheung has worked with the military, firefighters, miners, search and rescue, elite athletes, clothing manufacturers and other partners on projects ranging from improving survival models, to creating specialized clothing, to developing hydration and heat adaptation policies. He is partnering with a Sudbury-based mining company to create a vest for miners with the technology to monitor and control body temperature.

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 2017 Chairholder is Kendra Coulter. Dr. Coulter. She led a first-of-its-kind study on the working conditions of animal cruelty investigators. Dr. Coulter’s gender wage gap and retail research is widely consulted. She has been invited to speak to academics, advocates and practitioners around the world. She is the author of Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity and Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action, and Social Change.

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 are a Brock University researcher and require assistance, or have any questions, please log into the “Research Accounting” section on the Office of Research Service’s SharePoint site.

If you are from outside Brock, and 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 2017-2018, Brock University allocated its Research Support Fund funding in these five areas:

Facilities: In addition to a portion allocated to facilities management to defray the cost of heat, light and electricity for research space, Federal Indirect Costs funds were used to renovate and update laboratory space to meet the needs of new research development.

Resources: Federal Indirect Costs funds were provided to the university’s library to expand research holdings and to maintain subscriptions to electronic journals and databases critical to faculty and student research.

Management and Administration: Federal Indirect Costs funds are a key component of the Office of Research Services’ budget, which provides researchers professional staff to assist them with grant writing and to oversee their financial compliance and reporting.

Regulatory requirements: The maintenance and operation of the Research Ethics Board, the Animal Care and Use Committee, and Research Safety are funded through funds from the Federal Indirect Cost Program.

Intellectual property and commercialization: Federal Indirect Cost funds have allowed Brock University to meet rapidly expanding needs in the fields of intellectual property, patenting, technology transfer, and commercialization.

See Brock University’s Research Support Fund Objectives for 2018-2019.

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.

 

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