Research Support Network

Supporting & Celebrating our Research Support Staff

"Research staff in Canada are the source of new innovations and ideas that help keep us healthy, protect our environment, and drive our economy”
- The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

The Research Support Network is for all staff members who support research activities at Western

From lab managers and research coordinators to administrative officers and administrative assistants, we all work to advance Western's research success. Each of us plays a significant and irreplaceable role that needs to be celebrated.

"Research personnel in our universities and health research institutes are significant drivers of science, discovery, and innovation”
- The Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Purpose of Research Support Network

To establish and develop a network for and by all staff who work to advance the research enterprise at Western.

Our Mission

To promote and facilitate information sharing, and to continually enrich those who support research at Western to ensure that they are empowered to bolster research at Western.

Our Goals

  1. To encourage organic connections among a broad range of research experiences;
  2. To promote and facilitate information sharing; and
  3. To facilitate learning from experience and best practices with the ultimate goal of improving research capacity at Western.

Resources At Western

On our Resources at Western webpage, you will find various guidance documents, tutorials, and programs that can help you to work your way through the maze of activity that is required to carry out research at Western.

Our Members

The Research Support Network is open to all staff members who support research activities at Western, including, but not limited to:

  • Lab Managers
  • Research Coordinators
  • Finance Staff
  • Technicians
  • Research Personnel
  • Laboratory Personnel
  • Administrators and Administrative staff
  • Animal Care staff
  • Ethics Personnel
  • Research Facility Staff

Members of this network come from:

  • Research Administrative Support
  • Research Facilitation
  • Research Program Delivery
  • Pre- and Post-Award Contracts and Grants Management
  • Clinical Trials Management
  • Research Financial Management
  • Industry Liaison
  • Research Advancement & Development
  • Research Ethics
  • Laboratory/Project Management
  • Regulatory Compliance

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