Research and Grant Support
posted 23 February 2012

Research Facilitator

The University of Manitoba is pleased to offer a new research facilitation service for researchers in the Natural Sciences and Engineering.

 Dr. Chantal Bassett recently joined the University of Manitoba as a Research Facilitator supporting the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the Faculty of Science. Researchers are encouraged to contact her to discuss their proposals or for questions concerning grant preparation and submission procedures.

Services Offered

  • Providing mentoring and assistance to researchers in the development of applications and proposals
    • Supported programs: NSERC, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Canada Research Chairs (CRC) and other interdisciplinary team grants and industry partnership programs
  • Consultation on research objectives and fit with funding opportunities, industry partnerships, existing infrastructure and strategic research plans
  • Reviewing proposals and offering recommendations from the perspective of a non-expert reviewer
    • Ensure that research focus and tone are suited to requests for proposals
    • Ensure that revised applications address any previous reviewer's comments
    • Ensure arguments are well presented, the importance is communicated and methodology, outcomes and impacts are well defined
  • Assist with knowledge translation, award nominations and research(er) recognition
  • Act as a liaison between individuals, teams, office of VP research, office of research services, funding agencies, other institutions and industry partners
  • Host workshops on funding programs and developing successful research proposals 

These services are also available to other researchers involved in NSERC funded research areas. Individuals interested in using the services are encouraged to contact and work with Chantal well in advance of internal grant application deadlines.


Chantal graduated with distinction from the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences and received a PhD in Physiology from the University of Manitoba. Her graduate and post-doctoral research at the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine at the St. Boniface research campus focused on the effects of dietary flaxseed and trans fatty acids on atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease in basic and clinical models. 

She has held fellowships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Manitoba Health Research Council. Previously, Chantal served as Acting Manager of Nutrition and Health Innovation at Pulse Canada, the national industry association representing the growers and producers of beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils. She has facilitated several large industry-partnered interdisciplinary provincial and federal team grants and contributed to the development of industry research funding priorities.

Chantal is also an instructor at the Université de Saint-Boniface.

Dr. Chantal Bassett
Research Facilitator
Natural Sciences and Engineering
258 Agriculture Building and
505 Machray Hall
(204) 290-7302

What does a Research Facilitator do?

RFs serve as your first point of contact for all of your research administration needs. RFs facilitate the collaborative identification and implementation of funding proposals that will enhance research administration, improve communication with researchers and administrators and ensure accountability to all stakeholders.