Reporting functionally to the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of ECE, and reporting administratively to the Department Administrator, the incumbent seeks and pursues opportunities and successfully supports faculty members to acquire research funding and research projects.
The incumbent assists researchers in obtaining research funding and securing collaborative multi-partner, multi-year research projects.
The incumbent markets researchers’ expertise to external partners and sponsors.
Coordinate and support large-scale research proposal development for our researchers in collaboration with the Chair of the Department and the office of the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies.
Liaise with granting agencies, industry collaborators, partners, sponsors and facilitate efforts to secure and obtain projects funds.
Identify and pursue new areas for research and strategic initiatives, including new collaborative research funding opportunities.
Identify and monitor partnership and business development opportunities and link to appropriate researchers and research teams.
Provide support and guidance to researchers as needed in the development of these opportunities.
Coordinate the work needed for specific funding opportunities. Facilitate the preparation of large-scale proposals. Provide informed feedback and address issues with respect to the evaluation criteria.
Market, plan and represent research expertise to external sponsors and Industry in targeted events. Organize events to foster and identify funding opportunities for researchers and external sponsors and partners.
Identify, build, and cultivate relationships with potential partners.
Develop an in-depth knowledge of researchers’ strengths and expertise. Maintain comprehensive knowledge of strategic priorities for research.
Seek and secure strategic alliances and industry partnerships which provide access to data, solidify existing research groups, stimulate partnership grants, and help secure research internships for graduate students in research-based programs.
Act as subject matter expert for teams of researchers meeting with external partners.
Assess the capability of key researchers to successfully compete for external funding. Explore and identify appropriate funding sources.
Research potential funding sources. Provide input on aligning research proposals in the direction of funding.
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the provincial, federal and other funding programs and guidelines. Promptly disseminate this information to researchers.
Help develop and refine strategies for obtaining funds.
Perform other duties as required.
Master’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or other related fields, with two to four years of research and development experience or business and partnership development experience.
PhD degree is an asset.
Knowledge of the research funding environment and funding programs in Quebec and Canada.
Experience in preparing and editing grant applications, project management and in budget planning is desirable.
Good knowledge (Level 4) of spoken and written English and French language skills, in order to communicate effectively with researchers and external units, write correspondence, read and analyze documents, provide feedback, and produce reports.
Good knowledge (Intermediate level) of Microsoft Office and Office365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including confidence, tact, discretion, and judgment, to work effectively with academic researchers and funding agencies.
Exceptionally detail oriented, with the ability to set and meet deadlines, multi-task and work under pressure in a high-volume environment.
Strong analytical, planning, organizational and problem-solving skills.
Proven ability to motivate others, to cultivate partnerships and collaborations, and to deal effectively with researchers and external agencies.