Brock University is committed to building a strong, sustained culture of research leadership based on the foundational pillars of creativity, collegiality, accountability, ethics and integrity.
Fresh, innovative approaches
A transdisciplinary approach to research provides the structure for the type of collegiality needed for breakthrough research that solves complex issues and challenges. Many of our laboratories and social areas in places such as the Cairns Complex are physically structured so that researchers from different disciplines can work and socialize side-by-side.
Our transdisciplinary research hubs, along with our research institutes and centres, bring experts with their various vantage points together to generate truly innovative, fresh, brand-new approaches to common problems. Solving complex problems requires complex approaches and Brock transdisciplinary hubs are taking innovative approaches by working cross-discipline to make this happen..
Integrity in innovation
As they pursue their lines of inquiry, the Office of the Vice-President, Research requires our researchers to abide by the Tri-Council’s policy statement, Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, which recognizes the fundamental, intrinsic value of human beings and the respect and consideration that they are due. Regarding the treatment of animals, Brock adheres to the Standards and Guidance of the Canadian Council on Animal Care in Science; our facilities and procedures are state-of-the-art in animal care.
Tying everything together is integrity: ensuring that our resources are used wisely; that our services are delivered with excellence; that we continue to put the needs of our researchers, and by extension the wider community, front and centre at all times.
Responsible Conduct of Research
Brock University is committed to the responsible and ethical conduct of research.
Brock and the Office of Research Services take allegations of research misconduct very seriously. If you have any concerns, questions, or concerns about research taking place at Brock, please contact Dr. Tim Kenyon, Vice-President, Research.
The fundamental purpose of research administration is a simple one. It is to enable all scholars and investigators to make good on their research aspirations. My job is to make sure that researchers have the support to do the things that they’re great at. It’s a matter of providing the conditions for your colleagues to be their best. – Dr. Tim Kenyon
Brock University warmly welcomes Dr. Tim Kenyon to the position of Vice President, Research, effective January 1, 2018.
Dr. Kenyon comes to Brock from the University of Waterloo, where he was Associate Dean of Arts (Research).
Dr. Kenyon (PhD in Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, ’98) joined Waterloo in 2000 as an assistant professor, and by 2006, had begun a six-year run as Chair of the Philosophy Department. His achievements include the University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher Award, and he is a three-time recipient of the University of Waterloo Outstanding Performance Award. Kenyon was also selected by his peers to serve a term as President of the Canadian Philosophical Association.
His earlier career included postdoctoral studies at University of Alberta as well as terms at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen and University of St. Andrews. He received his MA in Philosophy from Carleton University (’94) and an Honours BA in Philosophy from University of British Columbia (’92).
The Office of the Vice-President, Research supports Brock’s faculty from across all disciplines to explore new research and scholarship opportunities and strengthen existing ones.
This is accomplished primarily through the Office of Research Services (ORS), the roles and functions of which include:
- advising researchers on funding opportunities
- assisting with applications for research grants
- providing direction on financial management
- liaising with national granting councils and provincial agencies in the negotiation of research contracts
- promoting our researchers’ work in the media and at public events
- connecting our researchers with industrial partners and fostering those relationships
In addition to overseeing ORS, the Office of the Vice-President, Research is also responsible for:
- articulating the broader vision and direction of the institution’s research
- overseeing research institues and centres such as the Niagara Community Observatory and the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI)
- contributing to the larger provincial and federal research environment through involvement and leadership in such initiatives as Research Matters
VPR Report to Senate, January 11, 2017
VPR Report to Senate, May 31, 2017
VPR Report to Senate, May 10, 2017
VPR Report to Senate, April 12, 2017
VPR Report to Senate, March 15, 2017
VPR Report to Senate, February 8, 2017
VPR Report to Senate, January 11, 2017
VPR Report to Senate, November 9, 2016
VPR Report to Senate, May 27, 2015 (Canada’s new Open Access policy: What does it mean for Brock researchers?)
VPR Report to Senate, May 13, 2015
VPR Report to Senate, April 15, 2015
VPR Report to Senate, March 18, 2015
VPR Report to Senate, February 4, 2015
VPR Report to Senate, January 14, 2015
Vice President Research: Goals and Objectives 2014-15
Transdisciplinary Hub Report, 2014
Transdisciplinary Hub Report, 2014: Achievement details
VPR Report to Senate, December 3, 2014
VPR Report to Senate, November 12, 2014
VPR Report to Senate, September 17, 2014
VPR Report to Senate, May 21, 2014
VPR Report to Senate, May 7, 2014
VPR Report to Senate, April 10, 2014
VPR Report to Senate, March 19, 2014
VPR Report to Senate, February 5, 2014
VPR Report to Senate, January 15, 2014
VPR Report to Senate, December 4, 2013
VPR Report to the Brock Community – September 2013
VPR Report to the Brock Community – May 2013
VPR Report to the Brock Community – February 2013
VPR Report to the Brock Community – September 2012