Support Centre

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Below, you will find various resources to learn about, and manage, various aspects of your research program.

  • Research Administration

  • Funding Opportunities

  • Other Supports

  • Common Forms



  • Researcher On-line Administration (ROLA): Online system that allows you to complete proposals, route them for electronic approvals and maintain information relevant to your proposals.
    • Quick Guide: Outlines instructions for completing a ROLA proposal.
    • Just-in-Time Training Manuals: Manuals providing detail related to using ROLA, maintaining your profile and submitting proposals.
    • ROLA Q&A: Responses to commonly asked questions.
  • Grant Development Facilitation: Western provides various supports across campus to support proposal preparation through post-award management.
  • Developing Research Budgets: Online reference tool created by Procurement Services to help the research community develop research project budgets for goods and services.
  • Institutional Signatures: Procedures and FAQ to help you prepare grant applications, contract proposals and budgets.
  • Indirect Costs Practice: As a means of ensuring flexibility and competitiveness, the Vice-President (Research) has provided standing negotiated modifications to indirect cost rates.
  • Transferring Grants at Western: Information based on Western's policies and procedures related to transferring grants to Western and from Western.
  • Research Finance: Supports the research community at Western in the financial management of research grants and contracts awarded to individual researchers and to the institution.


Additional Research Supports

  • Toolkit for International Research: Collection of various resources for international research engagement.
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Western Research strongly encourages an EDI-informed approach be used for all research programs and funding applications.
  • Knowledge Exchange: Knowledge exchange refers to activities aimed at bridging the gap between research and real-world application or practice.
  • Technology Transfer and Business Development: WORLDiscoveries draws upon a mix of industry connections, sector-specific market knowledge and business development expertise to help researchers and local inventors commercialize their discoveries through licensing and new company startups.
  • Awards & Distinctions: Supports to recognize and promote the scholarly achievements of outstanding Western faculty in all disciplines and at all career stages.
  • Communications: We are eager to help you tell the story of your research, scholarship or artistic practice. Together, we can raise the profile of your scholarly work and expand Western's reputation for excellence in research.
  • Procurement Services: Facilitates the best-value procurement of goods and services in support of the research community.
  • Researcher On-line Administration (ROLA): Online system that allows you to complete proposals, route them for electronic approvals, maintain information relevant to your proposals and awards and maintain your research profile.
  • PIVOT Funding Opportunities Database: Provides access to the most comprehensive source of funding opportunities globally.
  • Faculty Writing Support Program: Offers a series of initiatives and resources to help you un-block your academic writing and take it to the next level.
  • Residency Opportunities: A compilation of available residency opportunities across disciplines and around the world.
  • University Corporate Insurance: Western maintains its primary insurance policies through the Canadian University Reciprocal Insurance Exchange to pool and collectively insure property, liability, and errors and omissions.
  • Operational Excellence: Human Resources program providing practical, "how to steps" for many administrative tasks performed at Western.
  • Researcher Toolbox: Human Resources tools that help plan and hire for research teams, while outlining leadership accountabilities.