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1 Enabling the Global Research Enterprise from Policy to Practice Facilitating Research: A Customized Service Approach Diane Dobbins, MA Manager, Research & Partnerships, University of Guelph, ON, Canada April 12, 2014

2 Objectives Setting the Context – Research Landscape Research Facilitation and Facilitators – growing impact Customized service: A Guelph example Identifying Best Practices and Discussion PRESENTATION OUTLINE

3 Gain a better understanding of the field of research facilitation in Canada/Ontario. Understand and describe the role of research facilitators in a research culture. Gain insight about issues researchers are currently confronting with respect to research productivity Enhance tools to assist researchers with pre-award preparation Share past experiences and lessons learned. OBJECTIVES

4 In 1827, Guelph (“The Royal City”) was named to honour the British Empire's King George IV, whose family name was Gwelf. Education on the Guelph campus has a long tradition, beginning well over 100 year ago. Heritage in agriculture and veterinary medicine. University of Guelph officially formed in 1964 – 50 th anniversary One of Canada’s top comprehensive universities. CONTEXT

5 THE RESEARCH LANDSCAPE Research Facilitators always need to be aware of possible issues/challenges/changes which may impact their researchers. Let’s consider some of the issues that may impact researchers at the various levels: Internationally What are the key elements impacting research internationally? Nationally: What is happening at the National level? Provincially/Locally: What issues are critical within your own province? What are some of the key issues within your institution?

6 RESEARCH LANDSCAPE AT GUELPH Education on the Guelph campus has a long tradition, beginning over 100 years ago. Heritage in agriculture and veterinary medicine. University of Guelph officially formed in 1964 – 50 th anniversary One of Canada’s top comprehensive universities. Programs in science & engineering, social and applied human sciences, liberal arts, humanities, fine and performing arts, and economics and business.

7 Office of Research (ORS)  Oversees $140+ million research enterprise  seven colleges;  four regional campuses;  10 research stations;  University of Guelph/Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs partnership. RESEARCH LANDSCAPE AT GUELPH

8 Research Support System at UofG VP Research Research Services Associate VP (Research Services) Research Support Services (Grants/Contracts) Research Ethics Research Communications and SPARK Research Legal Review Research Risk Management Research Information Technology Research Services Associate VP (Research Services) Research Support Services (Grants/Contracts) Research Ethics Research Communications and SPARK Research Legal Review Research Risk Management Research Information Technology Strategic Partnerships Associate VP Research (Strategic Partnerships) OMAF & MRA / UofG Partnership Campus Animal Facilities Animal Care Services Catalyst Centre Strategic Partnerships Associate VP Research (Strategic Partnerships) OMAF & MRA / UofG Partnership Campus Animal Facilities Animal Care Services Catalyst Centre AVP Finance & Services Assistant VP Finance Research Financial Services AVP Finance & Services Assistant VP Finance Research Financial Services CME CoA CSAHS CBS CPES OAC OVC VP Finance Dean Associate Dean, Research & Grad Programs ***Manager, Research & Partnerships Dean Associate Dean, Research & Grad Programs ***Manager, Research & Partnerships

9 Many Canadian Universities have begun to make the investment in research facilitation and facilitators Seeing a shift from ‘research service’ to “research facilitation” WHY? Examples: Research Facilitation Offices - Research Service Office - University... (Alberta) Research Facilitation - VP Research - Simon Fraser University (BC) Research Facilitation - Research Western - Western University (ON) Office of Research Facilitation | The Schulich School of Engineering (Calgary, Alberta) GRANT FACILITATION NETWORK | Office of Research Services (BC) RESEARCH FACILITATION – growing impact

10 = MY CONTEXT + College of Management & Economics Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies and Manager, Research & Partnerships

11 Service: an act of help or assistance; useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity Customize: to change (something) in order to fit the needs or requirements of a person, business, etc. Customized Service

12 Build a unique relationship with each researcher. + Self-determination theory – what motivates one researcher may not hold true for another researcher. CUSTOMIZED SERVICE: A Guelph Example

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14 New research based initiatives launched in my unit since 2010 College Support for Presentations at Research Conferences ($2500) Modified the SSHRC 4A Fund – need to submit a research enhancement plan ($5,000) CME – RA Summer Program – ($80,000) SSHRC – SIG General Research Grant – matched funding program (up to $5000) CME Fellowship Program (5) Speaker Series and other research focused events Workshops ( ex. Qualtrics training, Media training, SSHRC info sessions, etc) Networking events with external agencies (ex. OMAF-MRA) Research Enhancement Fund – annual call for innovative small amount initiatives Ad-hoc seed funding initiative (emphasis on collaboration) Launch of a joint URC/College Chair program Launch of a CME – Research Chair program CUSTOMIZED SERVICE: A Guelph example

15 Example of a new faculty research resource package used at Guelph Faculty Profile & CV: Connect with Communications Researchers Guide: Key policies – deadlines, internal forms, Use of Human Subjects policy, Indirect Cost/Overhead, Consulting …… Websites – College, OVPR, SSHRC, etc Overview of Campus Resources: Data Resource Centre, PIVOT, Equipment, etc. Research Funding Opportunities: Departmental Support: start-up funds, cash advance on conference travel Internal : Conference Travel, General Research External: SSHRC, CFI, CIHR, NSERC, OCE, OMAF & MRA, CFI, etc. Mentoring: Con’t

16 FINAL THOUGHTS Part of a team - need support from (ie. ADR/Dean) as well as from admin’s. Plan to get out of your office often to meet researchers, students, Academic Chairs, support staff, where they are comfortable. Participate in departmental, non-research related activities occasionally It takes time before you begin to see research results (2-3yrs minimum). Initially try to focus on securing a few small quick wins which will improve your credibility with faculty. Focus on making connections with “influencers” in each unit. They can become your best advocates! Faculty, pre-tenure in particular will often share information with me that they’d never say in front of one of their colleagues – Trust is critical. Research facilitator’s often have a pulse for emerging issues – know your own limits and when to seek help.

17 What advice or tips do you have that has helped you to be effective in your position as a research facilitator? What are the most significant challenges or constraints you face as a research facilitator? BEST PRACTICES & DISCUSSION

18 CONTACT INFORMATION Diane Dobbins Manager, Research & Partnerships College of Management and Economics Dean’s Office – 9 th Floor MacKinnon Building University of Guelph 50 Stone Road East Guelph, ON, Canada N1G 2W1 Phone: (519) ext


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