About the units in the portfolio:
- Office of the Vice-Principal
- Strategic Initiatives
- Office of Sponsored Research
- Innovation and Partnerships
- Ethics and Compliance
The Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation provides central services to the entire R&I team and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of R&I. These services include Finance, HR, and administrative support for the VP, AVPs and Directors. In addition, the Unit oversees internal and external communications on behalf of the office as well as in related portfolios.
Strategic Initiatives (SI) is made up of over a dozen dedicated staff, including advisors, analysts, and financial officers. SI collaborates with stakeholders across the McGill community, including researchers and staff in departments, faculties, facilities, finance, libraries, IT and procurement to carry out five main functions:
- Supporting and providing resources to research teams in the development of applications for institutional grant programs and large-scale network or platforms (e.g., Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada First Research Excellence Fund, Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program).
- Analysis of research data (e.g., bibliometrics, grants and awards data) for initiatives of strategic importance to the university.
- Supporting revisions and the development of policies under the sponsorship of the Vice Principal Research and Innovation.
- Supporting researchers in research data management planning.
- Coordinating the approval and review of McGill-recognized research centres.
The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is the central office that provides strategic advice and assistance to the McGill academic community in securing and managing research funding from granting agencies, foundations, governments, and other not-for-profit sponsors. OSR also supports researchers in the negotiation and acceptance of the terms and conditions of their research awards.
The Office is composed of the following groups:
Grants and Agreements provides comprehensive services, support, and strategic advice to McGill faculty applying for research funding from granting agencies, private foundations, government departments, and not-for-profit sponsors. OSR Officers can help you identify appropriate funding sources; provide substantial review and feedback on your proposals; draft, negotiate and review research agreements; and support related interview and site visits associated with your submissions.
Awards Management provides a wide range of services related to award (grants, agreements and prizes) activation, and works closely with Research Financial Management Services (RFMS) to ensure prompt fund opening and assist with any necessary post-award adjustments and follow-up.
Data Management provides general administrative and IT support to the Office of the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation), and maintains information systems, generates research-related records and reports, and ensures the integrity of university research data.
The Office of Innovation and Partnerships assists McGill's research community in securing funded research contract and industrial partnership opportunities governed by agreements with both private and public sponsors. Unit personnel facilitate and manage the transfer of knowledge stemming from research endeavours undertaken by McGill's faculty members.
I+P includes the Industry Partnerships team, directly supporting researchers seeking collaborations with industry, and act as a gateway to industry-related agreements for research, services, collaboration, consortia, confidentiality, material transfers, and clinical trials
The Office of Research Ethics and Compliance serves researchers working with human participants or animals. McGill follows strict research integrity standards. McGill also cultivates and reinforces a culture that enables its members to identify and resolve conflicts of interest with the support and guidance of the administration and their units.
The Animal Compliance Office provides advice on compliance in research and teaching projects that involve animal subjects. The unit supports the Animal Care Program for McGill University and its affliated hospitals research institutes. For more information about research involving animals please visit this website.
The Research Involving Humans Unit conducted at, or under the auspices of McGill University requires prior ethics review and approval by a McGill sanctioned Research Ethics Board (REB). There are 5 campus REBs as well as the REBs of affiliated institutions. This office provides guidance on policies and procedures and manages the ethics review process for the following REBs: REB-I, II, III and the FAES REB. For more information about research involving humans please visit this website.