Office of Research Services

Office of Research Services

The Office of Research Services (ORS) is the central hub for research partnerships among industry and community partners, faculty, and students. ORS offers comprehensive support throughout the entire research project lifecycle, from initial engagement to project management, ORS ensures successful project outcomes by bringing together multidisciplinary expertise, state-of-the-art resources, and collaboration to tackle real-world challenges and address the needs of industry. Through research, faculty are enabled to apply a theoretical and hands-on approach to solving industry challenges while students gain valuable experiential learning opportunities that help them jumpstart their careers and enable them to meet workforce demands. Whether you are a researcher, industry professional, or community partner, ORS can help you turn your innovative ideas into reality. 

Complete the project intake form to get started. 


Research impact

Juli's Cookie Co. chocolate chip cookies

Packaging and shelf-life support for specialized cookies

Juli’s Cookie Co is a bakery company specializing in cookies for breastfeeding mothers. They sought CFRIL's support for packaging design and shelf-life extension to improve their current offerings and accommodate new products.
Brownies stacked on top of each other

Shelf-life analysis of vegan and gluten-free baked goods

CFRIL completed a detailed analysis to help Molly’s Market ensure the quality and safety of their baked goods as they expanded into new refrigerated storage channels. 
An assortment of baked goods

Packaging and shelf-life enhancement

CFRIL partnered with Sweets from the Earth to review and improve packaging to enhance product shelf-life.


AVP and directors

Michelle Chrétien, PhD

Michelle Chrétien, PhD

Vice president, Research & Innovation

Sal Jiddawi

Saleh Jiddawi, MBA

Director, research operations

Tim Gibbins

Tim Gibbins, MBA

Director, research engagement

Research data management strategy

Research data management is becoming increasingly recognized as a crucial aspect of both effective and ethical research. Conestoga's Research Data Management (RDM) Strategy describes the college’s vision for developing and supporting RDM practices amongst the Conestoga community. The strategy will be reviewed and revised periodically to capture the growth of research and RDM at Conestoga.

The Tri-Agencies produced the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy (2021) in order to “support Canadian research excellence by promoting sound RDM and data stewardship practices. 

In 2022, Conestoga convened an RDM Working Group (RDMWG), comprising representatives from various areas of the college. The group's objective was to assess the existing RDM support infrastructure at Conestoga and to outline a desired future framework for these supports. In alignment with the mandates of the Tri-Agency policy, the RDMWG has formulated an institutional RDM strategy.

Research Data Management Strategy

Research Support Fund

The Research Support Fund (RSF) assists Canadian postsecondary institutions with the costs associated with managing their research enterprise, helping them to maintain a world-class research environment. Eligible institutions receive an annual grant through the fund to help pay for a portion of the central and departmental administrative costs related to federally funded research.

RSF funds are to assist with expenses in five major categories:

  1. Research facilities
  2. Research resources
  3. Management and administration of the institution’s research enterprise
  4. Regulatory requirements and accreditation
  5. Intellectual property and knowledge mobilization

Indirect costs are the operational costs underpinning an institution’s research activities (i.e., heating, lighting, ethics reviews, facilities for animals used in research, intellectual property management, environmental assessment, and safety compliance). The services that give rise to indirect costs are institutionally based and are not specific to individual research grants. (NSERC - Inter-Agency, Tri-Agency Financial Administration, Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration)

There are a number of institutional activities and services that support research at Conestoga, including the following areas:

  • Computing and communications: computing infrastructure, including central services, telecommunications, and data services
  • Physical plant: utilities, housekeeping, maintenance, grounds, and planning services
  • Research administration: Office of Research services, including grants and contracts administration and legislated requirements for reporting on grants and activities, communications, and business development
  • Financial services: payroll, accounting including research accounting, audit, purchasing, etc.
  • Institutional costs: occupational health, security services, and legal and insurance costs

Conestoga's RSF allocation is calculated using an algorithm based on a three-year rolling average of funding the College is awarded by the tri-agency.

In 2024-2025, Conestoga received $65,371.

Conestoga fully allocated the funds towards the management and administration of the Office of Research Services, salaries and benefits for staff working on grant applications, and administration of funded proposals.

Expenditure categories

Year Facilities Resources Management and administration Regulatory requirements and accreditation Intellectual property
2024-2025 $0 $0 $65,371.00 $0 $0
2023-2024 $0 $0 $49,691.00 $0 $0
2022-2023 $0 $0 $50,115.00 $0 $0
2021-2022 $0 $0 $45,398.00 $0 $0
2020-2021 $0 $0 $45,235.00 $0 $0
2019-2020 $0 $0 $63,067.00 $0 $0
2018-2019 $0 $0 $81,963.00 $0 $0



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