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Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation

Reporting to the President, the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) oversees the research portfolio of the University of Windsor and provides leadership and vision in guiding the strategic research mandate of the University. The VPRI actively promotes the continued development of a thriving research culture at the University of Windsor and fosters an environment that stimulates and nurtures research, scholarship, and creative activity and reinforces and amplifies the University’s profile as a dynamic, research-intensive academic institution.

Who reports to the VPRI?

The VPRI oversees and provides leadership to the University’s research institutes and numerous service groups related to research including the Office of Research and Innovation Services (ORIS), Research Ethics, Animal Care, Research Safety, and EPICentre, the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, Practice, and Innovation.

How do I find funding for my research?

ORIS provides support to faculty seeking funding for their research and can assist you identifying funding sources, liaising with funding agencies on your behalf, assisting with the grant application process, and providing guidance on granting agency policies and guidelines. For more information, visit the ORIS website.

What services does the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) provide?

While most services relating to research are provided by one of the aforementioned service groups, the OVPRI administers the appointment of grant-funded research personnel including Research Assistants, Research Associates, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Visiting Scholars. More information on Research Appointments.

I would like to hire someone using my grant funding; how do I get started?

Visit the OVPRI website or contact Sandy Mehenka, Secretary to the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, ext. 3987, mehenkas@uwindsor.ca in the OVPRI for the most up-to-date instructions and forms.

Once you have submitted signed copies of the required forms and documentation, the OVPRI will issue a letter of appointment to your appointee and notify the relevant parties of their appointment. If you have any questions about the process, simply give the OVPRI a call. The Office will be happy to help.

What if I would like to hire a foreign national using my grant funding?

If your research appointee is a foreign national, he or she will require a work permit before starting work in your lab. In order to apply for a work permit, your appointee will require a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Offer of Employment Number. The OVPRI will assist you in completing the steps necessary to submit an Offer of Employment to CIC.

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation is located in the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, Suite 150.

For more information about the OVPRI, consult the University's Research website or read the VPRI Contact Information webpage for specific contact information.

Note: This site is a living document, the goal of which is to improve, in some small way, the working lives of University of Windsor faculty. We are eager to collaborate with the campus community to better this service over time. If you can identify any knowledge gaps, missing resources, or outdated or erroneous information on this site, please contact Iva Gentcheva, Senior Adminstrative Officer, without hesitation.