Units in Vice-President Research Portfolio
Animal Care Services is responsible for the oversight of all animal care and use at the university and its affiliated institutes. The unit is responsible for ensuring the university is in compliance with the federally mandated guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care and maintenance of institutional accreditation by that body.
The Office of Collaborations and Partnerships is an administrative unit dedicated to developing partnerships and collaborative opportunities that advance the research agenda of Memorial University. In particular, this office manages Memorial's relationships with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Canada Research Chairs program and the Research & Development Corporation.
OCP also maximizes the impact of Memorial's institutional investments in research through the CREAIT Network, nine interconnected satellites of multi-user equipment across the St. John's campus. CREAIT currently maintains approximately $40M worth of major research instruments being used by hundreds of graduate students on a weekly basis.
In addition OCP houses Major Research Partnerships, which provides post award administration and oversight for all the ACOA –AIF funded research and development partnerships ongoing on the St John's campus. This currently includes 12 major projects with a cumulative value of approximately $40+M.Office of Research Services
The Office of Research Services supports the efforts of the research community at Memorial University to secure external funding for research and the training of graduate students in compliance with the scholarly, ethical and administrative standards of research sponsors (e.g. the Tri-Council). ORS is responsible for facilitating grant applications to external funding agencies; reviewing and negotiating the terms and conditions of research contracts and agreements; institutional sign-off on research applications, contracts and agreements; administering and organizing the adjudication of Memorial's internal grants competitions; ensuring that all accountability and regulatory requirements of the Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) and other federal, provincial and local funding agencies and sponsors are met; and providing accurate and timely information about research funding opportunities.
The Department of Technical Services is responsible for developing and maintaining specialized equipment to support research activities. This unit services laboratory equipment, specialized machinery and scientific instruments. With highly trained staff and modern facilities, this group offers expertise in electronics, circuit board development, networking, computer repairs, glassblowing, CNC machining, scale model making, mechanical fabrication and selective laser sintering. The employees of Technical Services work closely with researchers to develop and build custom apparatus and prototypes. The department focuses on developing services that are beneficial to Memorial's researchers but not otherwise available in the local community. This removes geographic roadblocks and creates a competitive advantage for Memorial.