Research Development

Grants Facilitation Team

Who we are

The Faculty of Science Grants Facilitation Team works directly with the Associate Dean of Science Research and Graduate Students (ADSR) – Dr. Jacqueline Blundell. 

The other three members of the team are the Grant Facilitation Officers (GFOs), Dr. Lynn Frizzell and Dr. Jenn Major; and the Grant Facilitation Assistant, Phillip MacCallum.


Dr. Jacqueline Blundell, Associate Dean (Research & Graduate), C-2001, 864-4752
Dr. Lynn Frizzell, Grants Facilitation Officer, C-2061B, 864-4458
Dr. Jenn Major, Grants Facilitation Officer, C-2061A, 864-2269;
Phillip MacCallum, Grants Facilitation Assistant, C-2047, 864-8440

What we do

Our main role is to support the development and diversification of your research funding portfolio.

We aim to do this by working with applicants one-on-one to (1) craft the best possible funding applications; (2) find new research funding opportunities and collaborations; and (3) by developing resources and learning opportunities to support the development of:

  • Your excellence as a researcher,
  • The excellence of your HQP training philosophy and environment,
  • Collaborations and partnerships that can broaden your opportunities, and
  • The reach and impact of your work.

Please reach out to us with any questions about research and funding or to set up a meeting. If we don’t have the answer, we will help guide you to it!

The maintenance of your grants and financial matters are managed with your Departmental Administrative Staff Specialist, Research Initiative and Services (RIS) – formerly Research Grants and Contracts Services (RGCS) – and Financial Services (FAS); although we are happy to help where we can!

What we offer

  • New faculty orientation every September
  • One-on-one consultations/meetings throughout the year
  • FoS Faculty Resource Guide: links to resources on campus
  • Weekly Science Scoop: emailed through your departmental secretaries, to communicate upcoming opportunities and deadlines.
  • Specialized guides and standard operating procedures:
  • Information sessions on timely topics: (e.g., EDI, supporting highly qualified personnel (HQP) training, finding industry partners)
    • See the website for our lunch and learn series, On the Menu, for upcoming sessions as well as past topics and recordings.
  • In-house mentoring/peer review for NSERC Discovery Grants: The associate dean, like a journal editor, finds reviewers, aided by department heads. Reviewers are asked to examine proposals near their area of expertise; they can either reveal themselves to the proposal writer or choose to remain anonymous by passing along their review to the associate dean. Every attempt is made to find two reviewers, although sometimes this is not possible.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions for new resources, information sessions, or other ways we can support you!