Research Centre

The Research Centre is the hub of all research activity at Athabasca University (AU). The centre serves as a resource and provides support for basic and applied research within the university.

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What we do

We work with researchers throughout their research project lifecycle, from proposal development to finishing a project.


To facilitate and promote AU research activities, we provide assistance with:

  • publicizing prospective funding sources
  • the development of academic-industry partnerships
  • the preparation and submission of research grant applications
  • the management of grant/award funding
    • financial monitoring and accounting
    • recruitment and hiring of research-related personnel
    • set up and execution of contracts
    • submission of required financial reports to research sponsors
  • the processing of ethics review for research involving humans and animals
  • the planning and hosting of research-related events

We also provide administrative support to various committees charged with the adjudication of applications for internal research funding.

Learn more about how we can help and Research Centre staff.

Featured Researcher

Dr. Jeff Vallance, AU's Canada Research Chair in Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management, has long been interested in research looking at the health impacts of physical activity and, more recently, too much sitting. Is sitting the new smoking? Not by a long shot!

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Dr. Virginia Vandall-Walker, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Disciplines, and Unit Lead of the Patient Engagement Platform for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Support for People & Patient-Oriented Research & Trials (SUPPORT), believes that while researchers may be the experts in their field, patients and family members are experts in their experiences with an illness or health situation and that all perspectives need to be valued and considered.

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Research Highlights

Research Centre Orientation

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Updated October 16 2018 by Research