Research Services supports a vibrant research culture across the Faculties of Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences.
Aided by funding support through the Research Support Fund, the Office of Research Services is a nimble and valuable resource for both faculty and student researchers and our community partners. Learn more about how the Research Support Fund strengthens the research ecosystem at Mount Allison.
In partnership with the Provost and Vice-President Academic and Research and other leaders at Mount Allison, we are committed to providing an exceptional suite of services for our faculty and students.
Supports and services
Grants and funding
Research Services helps with the preparation of individual and institutional submissions for funding to provincial and federal departments or agencies. We also assist students with the preparation of applications for graduate scholarship funding opportunities.
Internal funding opportunities
Mount Allison offers several internal funding opportunities for full- and part-time faculty members and librarians to support the development of their research and creative activities.
Some of these funds are intended to allow researchers to participate in research activities and conferences in their field, while other may serve to allow researchers to carry out essential developmental work that will be used in preparing applications for funding at the regional or national level, and/or to carry out research and creative activities that have a limited scope or scale.
Please contact us and visit the Faculty & Staff Gateway — Internal funding opportunities.
External funding opportunities
The Office of Research Services has extensive experience working with our regional and national funding partners like CFI, CIHR, MITACS, NBIF, NBHRF, NBETF, NBWTF, NSERC, and SSHRC.
Please speak with one of our staff and visit the Faculty & Staff Gateway — External funding opportunities should you be interested in securing external funding for your research and creative activities.
Research Services supports the work of Mount Allison's research committees. For information and resources, visit the Faculty & Staff Gateway — Research and creative activity (requires @mta.ca email).
Animal Care Committee (ACC)
The Mount Allison animal care committee (ACC) is a presidential committee that oversees the use of animals in teaching and research in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Canadian Council for Animal Care.
Any faculty or student researcher interested in conducting research with animals must receive approval by the ACC prior to the commencement of any research.
For more details and resources: Animal Care Committee (F&S Gateway)
The biosafety committee oversees and manages the use and disposal of biohazardous materials and biosafety, governed by Policy 2020 — Biosafety and Biohazards.
Researchers and instructors wishing to use biohazardous materials must first obtain a Biohazard Certificate from the university's Biosafety Committee.
For more details and resources: Biosafety (F&S Gateway)
Mount Allison Research Ethics Board (REB)
Mount Allison’s Research Ethics Board (REB) oversees all research involving human participants and is strictly guided by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans — TCPS2 (2018).
The REB will approve, reject, propose modifications to, or terminate any proposed or ongoing research involving human subjects which is conducted within or by members of Mount Allison University using the considerations set forth in the TCPS2 as the minimum standard.
Any faculty or student researcher interested in conducting research with human subjects must familiarize themselves with the information contained within this section and receive approval by the REB prior to the commencement of any research.
For more details and resources: Research Ethics Board (F&S Gateway)
Partnerships and innovation
Research services supports innovation and knowledge transfer to the private and public sectors for our researchers and commercialization of their research, and entrepreneurship and experiential education opportunities for our students.
For faculty researchers
For faculty researchers, please contact Research Services to discuss any of the following items you may be working on:
- Commercialization of research
- Intellectual property protection
- Technology disclosures
- Partnership funding for commercialization opportunities
- Funding programs related to private sector participation
- Collaborations with visiting researchers (also see the F&S Gateway -- Visiting researchers)
For external partners
For external parties, please contact Research Services if you are seeking to connect with Mount Allison University researchers to assist you with your project or R&D activities, we can help.
We have knowledge of funding supports, and we know who on campus has the expertise to help you.
Research Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diversity and inclusion
The best and most innovative research and creative pursuits occur when informed by a diversity of perspectives and in an inclusive and supportive environment.
That’s why research services is committed to identifying and eliminating systemic institutional barriers that would otherwise preclude the full participation of our community in realizing their highest potential.
Please reach out to our staff to learn how we can best support you and your team, and how you can incorporate effective strategies within your sphere of influence to advance EDI in research.
Information sessions and training
Research Services periodically hosts information and training opportunities for faculty and staff and for students in a variety of topics like grant writing, internal and external funding opportunities, ROMEO, EDI in research, research ethics, and more.
The Senate Research and Creative Activities Committee developed the University's Strategic Research and Creative Activities Plan (pdf), which was approved by Senate on Nov. 15, 2016 and most recently updated in September 2021.
About the strategic research plan
The Strategic Research Plan identifies:
- strategic objectives and action items to increase the capacity for research and creative activity success at Mount Allison University
- strategic areas of research intensity and emphasis which guide future nominations and appointments in the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program and which justify future investments through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
The plan also outlines areas of research intensity and emphasis — thematic areas where Mount Allison has a critical mass of researchers and impact or where there are latent and emerging opportunities.
Research and Creative Activities Committee
The Research and Creative Activity Committee is a Senate committee that helps to set the strategic vision of research and creative activity at Mount Allison in its role as an advisor to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research, through its policy and procedural recommendations, and through its adjudication of some internal grants and awards.
Many of the policies relevant to research and creative activities at Mount Allison can be found in Section 5200-5299 Research & Creative Activities of the University’s policies and procedures, particularly the following:
- 5200 — Internal Research Grants
- 5201 — Policy on Conflicts of Interest in Research
- 5202 — Policy Statement on Integrity in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity
- 5205 — Portion of Salary as a Research Grant
- 5210 — Policy Statement on Research Contract Administration
- 5211 — Policy Statement of Research Overhead