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OVPRI Services

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) is Ryerson’s central research administration office. The Office is responsible for advancing the research agenda at Ryerson and works with faculty, government and industry to help foster the creation of new knowledge and the establishment of innovative partnerships.

OVPRI Departments

Research Grants

Provides information on funding opportunities and strategic advice on research applications. For more information, contact Richard McCulloch, Director of Research Grants (Interim).

Applied Research and Commercialization

Facilitates industry and community-focused research, and the commercialization of university-created intellectual property. For more information, contact Vigen Nazarian, Senior Commercialization Specialist & Senior Director, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives (Acting).

Business Development and Strategic Planning

Develops research strategies to support new partnerships and market opportunities aligned with Ryerson’s strategic goals and priorities. For more information, contact Vigen Nazarian, Senior Commercialization Specialist & Senior Director, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives (Acting).

Research Planning, Finance and Administration

Provides financial leadership, data analysis and records-management for finance and evaluation systems; offers advice on complex multi-stakeholder projects and grants; and develops strategies to promote research productivity. For more information, contact Vivian Chan, Senior Director, Research Planning, Finance and Administration.

Research Communications and Knowledge Mobilization

Helps enhance Ryerson’s reputation for research and innovation through integrated outreach, events, and communications. For more information, contact Sylvia Kavanagh, Director, Research Communications.

Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) Activity Advisory Committee

A representative of each Faculty at Ryerson participates in the SRC Representatives Group. They assist the OVPRI in identifying and developing research-related priorities, policies, and activities for the university. Researchers are encouraged to contact their Faculty representative for information about Faculty-specific research initiatives, such as:

  • To solicit and co-ordinate the SRC issues and concerns of their respective Faculties.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of information and the discussion of SRC issues and concerns.
  • To provide input and advice to the OVPRI regarding strategies for enhancing SRC activity at Ryerson.
  • To review the effectiveness of existing SRC initiatives and to recommend changes as required.
  • To receive periodic reports from the OVPRI on the University’s performance in major grant competitions in relation to other university comparators.
  • To meet periodically with representatives of various units within the University who play an essential role in realizing the SRC mission of the University.
  • To co-ordinate periodic reviews of the University’s strategic research plans and to recommend revisions as required.
  • To draft and/or review SRC-related policies in preparation for submission to the SRC Activity Standing Committee of Senate.

The members of the SRC Activity Advisory Committee also serve on the SRC Activity Standing Committee of the Senate.

View the PDF fileSRC Activity Advisory Committee, opens in new window for 2018-2019.

The SRC Activity Standing Committee of the Senate

The SRC Activity Standing Committee of the Senate is concerned with ensuring that Ryerson's academic policies support the university's mission of engaging in Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) activity. In this regard, the Committee shall:

  • Receive reports regarding SRC activity, funding, and accomplishments at Ryerson.
  • Provide input into the strategic planning process and recommend to Senate those plans requiring the university's approval.
  • Review issues pertaining to SRC activity at Ryerson and identify areas where university policy is required.
  • Formulate and recommend to Senate policies that promote and support SRC activity at Ryerson.
  • Review existing SRC activity policies periodically and recommend any revisions to Senate.

If you have any questions about the SRC Activity Advisory Committee, please contact Veronica Cumberbatch, Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation at vcumberb@ryerson.ca.