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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. 

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Research impact

Playdough in the shape of a rainbow

IP positioning recommendations at The Dough Parlour

Dough Parlour created a process that produces playdough from food grade ingredients that is resistant to mold growth. They collaborated with the Conestoga Food Research & Innovation Lab to test the shelf-life for the mold-resistant dough. The Centre for Commercialization identified patentable subject matter and made recommendations on the IP positioning.
A series of chili peppers and garlic around a bowl of sauce

Providing an IP strategy to develop a stronger brand at Chilly Paste Co.

In collaboration with the CFRIL, Chilly Paste Co. created a proprietary formulation for a food paste that allows for quick meal preparation. The Centre for Commercialization provided an IP strategy to build a strong brand.
Hands holding a plant

Identifying gaps in Terra Bio’s filed patent application

Terra Bio created an extraction process that uses spent grains from breweries to produce protein and fiber products. They collaborated with the Conestoga Food Research & Innovation Lab to understand how this alternative protein source compares to other protein sources. The Centre for Commercialization identified gaps in Terra Bio’s filed patent application.

Funders

AVP and directors

Michelle Chrétien, PhD

Michelle Chrétien, PhD

Vice president, Research & Innovation

Tim Gibbins

Tim Gibbins, MBA

Director, research engagement

Sal Jiddawi

Saleh Jiddawi, MBA

Director, research operations

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 2022-23, Conestoga received $50,115.

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
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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Cambridge, Ontario N1S 2L9, Canada

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