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.

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.

Our work would not be possible without the support of the federal Research Support Fund.

If you are Brock faculty or staff seeking research support, please log into the internal Research Enterprise website. There you will find news and information on funding opportunities as well as forms, guidelines and other documents and procedures for all stages of your research. To keep up with upcoming funding opportunities and news from the Office of Research Services, sign up to receive Brock Research Enterprise Alerts (BREA), our bi-weekly e-bulletin. To sign up, please send an e-mail to: 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.

See Brock University’s Report on Research Fund Objectives 2022-2023

 

 

See Brock University’s Report on Research Fund Objectives 2021-2022.

 

 

See Brock University’s Report on Research Fund Objectives 2020-2021.

                   Brock University RSF Expenditures 2020-21

 

See Brock University’s Report on Research Support Fund Objectives 2019-20.

 

 

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

 

2018-19 Actual Expenditures Graph

In 2023-2024, Brock University’s Research Support Fund (RSF) grant is $2,542,608. Brock’s RSF funding will be allocated in the following five areas:

Facilities (4.5%):  RSF funds will be used to upgrade laboratory and other research 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 (5.1%): 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 (Qualtrics) and MatLab will also be purchased to enable researchers across campus to collect critical data. The funds also support memberships to Innovate Niagara, Digital Research Alliance of Canada, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, and the Conversation Canada.

Management and Administration (63%): RSF funds are a key component of the Office of Research Services’ budget, which provides researchers access to research officers, accounting and other professional research staff who assist them with grant writing and oversee their financial compliance and reporting.

Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation (8.4%): RSF funds will be used to support the operation of the Research Ethics Board (REB), the Animal Care and Use Committee, Research Safety, and additional regulatory accreditations and certifications as required (e.g., Cannabis Licensing through CTLS).

Intellectual property and Commercialization (19%): 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 2023-24 will support the salaries of staff in the Partnerships, Innovation and Intellectual Property Advancement team, including legal counsel who advises on IP management strategies. These staff build research partnerships between Brock researchers, industry and community groups and develop identify avenues for the advancement of new technologies.

Brock University’s affiliated organization is the Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary.

See: Brock University’s Research Support Fund Objectives-2023-24.

The Research Support Fund’s Research Security priority area focuses on enhancing the security and integrity of research activities conducted within academic institutions and research organizations. Recognizing the critical importance of protecting research from various risks and threats, this priority area aims to establish robust measures, protocols, and systems to safeguard the confidentiality, availability, and authenticity of research data, infrastructure, and intellectual property.

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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 Research Enterprise 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

Brock University is pleased to announce the launch of the Tri-Agencies’ Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) competition for 2024-2025. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Health Institutes (CIHR) offer this program. USRA’s objectives are to nurture students’ interests and to help develop their potential for a research career in the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and health sciences. The awards provide research work experience that complements students’ undergraduate studies in an academic setting. Qualified self-identified Indigenous and Black student researchers are encouraged to apply for NSERC USRAs.

At the present time, both the SSHRC and CIHR USRAs are exclusively for self-identified Black student researchers. The numbers of SSHRC and CIHR students are determined by the federal government through its Undergraduate Student Research Awards allocations.

Students interested in applying for this opportunity must fill out the USRA Application Form Part A, while their supervisors must fill out the USRA Application Form Part B. Both students and supervisors must also complete their respective NSERC Form 202. Before applying, please carefully read the Brock University Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) Guidelines 2024–2025.

Deadline: Monday, February 26, 2024, 5 p.m. ET.

Match of Minds Program 2024 

The Match of Minds program provides research employment opportunities for students across all faculties as well as non-faculty units, which are intended to expand their potential to participate in research. 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 at the graduate level.

The application process is online and includes completion of an application form that can be found on the Online Portal (login required – supervisors initiate the process). The program offers up to $5000 for student employment. Students can be employed between May 1 and April 30 each year.

The application is in two parts. When the supervisor submits their portion, the student will receive a notification to complete their portion. It is therefore recommended that the applicant and the student review the ​Match of Minds Program Syllabus 2024​​​​​​​ before beginning the application. Supervisors are advised to ensure that the student has sufficient time to prepare their portion of the application (two weeks in advance of the deadline is recommended).

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2024. 

For inquiries, please contact Jasmine Little, Acting Manager, Sponsored Research & Internal Programs, jlittle3@brocku.ca

2. Awards and Recognitions

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

Open to BUFA members who are Early Career Researchers and recognizes research excellence, contribution to the training of future researchers, and strong performance in attracting external funding, as appropriate for the nominee’s career stage.

Value: $5,000.   

For more information, the syllabus, and deadlines please visit our Internal Sharepoint ECRCA site. 

Previous award winners:

Recognizes BUFA members who have held an appointment for more than 5 years, 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 scholarly or creative performance.

Value: $10,000.  

For more information, the syllabus, and deadlines please visit our Internal Sharepoint DRCA site. 

Previous award winners:

Intended to encourage and sustain high levels of scholarly performance for BUFA members who have made, or will make, exceptional contributions in their field. The awardee will undertake a defined, three-year program of research or creative work that will lead to a significant development in scholarship (e.g., a scholarly monograph or a state-of-the-art review that may lead to a seminal series of scholarly lectures).

Value: $20,000 per year for 3 years  

For more information, the syllabus, and deadlines please visit our Internal Sharepoint CCRE site. 

Previous Chairholders:

3. Innovation and Commercialization

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

Brock University is committed to the management and protection of researcher-generated intellectual property, in a manner that maximizes commercialization opportunities, protects Ontario interests, and strengthens the Ontario economy.More details can be found in the Brock University Commercialization Policy.

The Brock University Commercialization Policy sets out Brock University’s commitment to supporting the mobilization, dissemination, and commercialization of researcher-generated intellectual property (IP), in order to maximize the impact of university research, scholarship, and creative activity, while serving societal needs and the interests of IP creators, the University, and its research partners. This policy advises University faculty, staff, and students on the services and resources available to support them with commercialization.

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.

Brock University’s Institutional FCOI Procedure defines the compliance requirements for conducting research with funding from United States Public Health Services agencies. Details.

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

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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