Welcome from the Vice-President (Research and Innovation)

Andrew Dean posing for the photographer

 Lakehead University is a relatively small university, but when it comes to research and innovation, we are anything but small.

Research is an essential and valued part of Lakehead University. New faculty are especially excited about their research careers, and the offices of Research Services and Innovation, Partnerships and Economic Development are here to help you fulfill your research goals as you start your career at Lakehead.

In Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation Information Guide for New Faculty, you can learn more about our internal grants, our peer mentoring systems, dedicated research facilitators, external research funding opportunities, research ethics, regulatory requirements for research and certification processes, technology transfer, and commercialization, etc. We have also provided you with important staff contact information. Research Services takes great pride in learning about the different research interests of each faculty member and will help you develop your grant writing expertise to enable you to better compete for valuable research funding. We work very closely with the Deans and the Faculty of Graduate Studies to ensure that you are able to make the necessary connections to establish your research as an integral part of your academic career. Issues such as open access, knowledge mobilization plans, research ethics approval, intellectual property, and research policies can be complicated. It is our responsibility to help you navigate through areas such as these, and, throughout the year, we offer many professional development opportunities and information sessions. If you are looking for industry partners or need assistance with intellectual property management, our Office of Innovation, Partnerships and Economic Development is here to help you.


For five years in a row (2015-2019), Research InfoSource ranked Lakehead University first in Canada in our peer university category for demonstrating superior achievement both in earning research income and publishing results in leading scientific journals. In 2021, Maclean’s ranked Lakehead second in Ontario in total research funding and social sciences and humanities grants and citations (primarily undergraduate university category). While we take pride in these rankings, our greatest satisfaction is helping the individual researcher get their program underway and ensuring that they feel part of the strong research culture that exists at Lakehead University. I encourage you to read the information contained within the Information Guide, but I also welcome you to visit our offices to find out more about what we can do for you.

Andrew P. Dean, Ph.D.       
Vice-President (Research and Innovation)

For general Inquiries:

Phone:     (807) 343-8010 ext. 8201
Location: UC 2003
Email:      vpresearch@lakeheadu.ca
Website: lakeheadu.ca/research-and-innovation