Faculty Research

Research Facilitator

Karen D. Schwartz, PhD is a Research Facilitator at the University of Manitoba. She is affiliated with the Faculties of Education and Social Work, but is also available to work with any university faculty members who wish to apply for research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, as well as other public and private funders.

She is available to work with researchers in a variety of contexts including:
• Short and long-term research agenda planning
• Conceptualizing and developing grant proposals, including feedback on: 
        o conceptual frameworks, methodology, methods, budgets and other components 
        o adherence to grant application guidelines 
        o writing clarity, logic and flow
• Assisting with nominations for Canada Research Chair applications and various awards and honours
• Assisting with Knowledge Mobilization strategies
• Fostering links between academic units
• Facilitating collaborative research partnerships between academics and between academics and community partners
• Acting as a liaison between individuals, research teams, Research Facilitators, the Office of the Vice President (Research and International), the Office of Research Services, funding agencies, and other institutions and organizations
• Hosting workshops on funding programs and grant writing
• Assisting with editing for publications
• Assisting with written submissions to Research Ethics Boards


Karen holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Manitoba. She also holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Disability Studies, an LL.B., and a B.A. in history. Her research focuses on issues facing people with intellectual disabilities.

She was a Senior Researcher at a disability studies-focused national not-for-profit organization. She worked on projects funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, the International Development Research Centre, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada at the local, national and international level. During her time as a graduate student, she was a research assistant, contributing to projects funded by the Tri-Agencies, private donors and the provincial government.

Contact Information:
Email: karen.schwartz@umanitoba.ca