Concordia University

Office of Research

The Office of Research (OOR) provides the services required to support the development and growth of funded research and scholarship at Concordia University. It is a professional service unit reporting to the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies.  


Administrative services/units

Main functions

  1. Research facilitation and proposal development
    The OOR develops and maintains processes and resources:
    1. to facilitate and support individual faculty, groups of faculty members, research centres and platforms, research institutes and the Faculties in general in obtaining funding opportunities, whether it be through:
      • securing research grants;
      • successfully negotiating contractual agreements with private or public sponsors; or
      • by assisting in the development of partnership agreements;
    2. to facilitate and manage knowledge transfer activities for Concordia-based research; and
    3. to aid in the securing of various research-based awards and prizes.
  2. Institutional stewardship
    The OOR carries out an important and necessary institutional stewardship function to ensure:
    1. compliance with the various funding agencies requirements;
    2. compliance with internal policies;
    3. compliance with the terms of negotiated agreements;
    4. that legal and government obligations are respected;
    5. that reporting requirements, regardless of the source, are met in a timely manner;
    6. that the various research ethics compliance regulations and protocols are respected; and
    7. that financial concerns, such as research/contract overhead and frais indirect funding issues, are properly addressed.
  3. Information reporting and analysis to support planning and decision making
    The OOR develops and maintains the information systems and resources necessary to:
    1. provide various areas of the University with relevant and timely information about research activity at Concordia;
    2. provide comparative and strategic analysis related to trends, success rates in various competitions and programs, progress relative to goals and the impact of new initiatives, internal and external, on research capacity and institutional policy.
  4. Research administration
    The OOR develops and maintains effective and efficient processes covering all research administration activities from submission of applications to final reporting. This includes:
    1. providing administrative support to researchers;
    2. undertaking administrative reviews of grant applications;
    3. managing the flow of grant applications through the application life cycle;
    4. coordinating, organizing and conducting information workshops;
    5. acting as a liaison with granting agencies, foundations and other sources of research funds;
    6. coordinating fund management issues with Financial Services; and
    7. managing the post-award process.
  5. Communications
    The OOR organizes events, prepares publications and materials and develops and maintains electronic media to:
    1. publicize and promote research at Concordia;
    2. disseminate funding opportunities;
    3. provide guidelines and resources to faculty; and
    4. develop networking opportunities amongst researchers to promote the development of collaborative projects and major multi-disciplinary research initiatives.
  6. Policy development and support
    The OOR plays an active role in assessing the effectiveness and relevance of institutional policies related to the administration and promotion of research at Concordia. The OOR:
    1. reviews current policies and practices and makes recommendations regarding the need for revisions;
    2. monitors agency and government initiatives and assesses the impact on Concordia policies and opportunities related to research;
    3. monitors policy development at other Universities and assesses the relevance to Concordia;
    4. participates in the drafting of new policy and policy revisions; and
    5. recommends the development of new policy and guidelines as appropriate.

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