A collage of pictures of researchers and research activity.

A message regarding Conducting Research at Saint Mary’s University during the times of COVID-19 activity restrictions (2020-21):

In response to the directives of the Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the associated declaration of a Provincial State of Emergency, starting on March 23, 2020, and extending until further notice, researchers and research participants and research collaborators are all to be aware of the following status of the current impact on research (and research-related) activities. 

Note that this information has evolved dynamically since March 2020, and what is written here is current as of OCTOBER 29, 2021:

  • We have removed any/all earlier COVID-restriction-related oversight of on-campus research activities, and of the shared office-spaces (e.g. graduate students, postdocs, part-time faculty) – these activities can be considered “back to normal”, but following the “Fall 2021 COVID-19 Policy” (
  • The initial suspension of all university travel which was implemented in March 2020 has been updated:
    • Domestic (within-Canada) travel is no longer suspended, and such travel can return to our regular practices/processes (“back to normal”).
      (with a note that staff should check with their individual unit before planning domestic travel, in case some units may retain a needed approval process at this time)
    • International travel will remain suspended *but* with exemptions allowed by applying through the “Return to Research / Travel” process; so, stated another way: international travel may be allowed, but we still considering and reviewing each request for such travel on a case-by-case basis, utilizing the Return to Research / Travel mechanism.
    • NOTE: in July 2021, the VPAR expanded the scope of the Return to Research committee and process to also include consideration of all requests for international travel by SMU faculty/staff/students/courses through until the end of calendar 2021 – whether it be for research activity, or otherwise (and note that we are currently receiving and reviewing applications for international travel that will be happening through the first semester of 2022)


Welcome to the Research web page of the FGSR. Research activity is expanding at an exponential rate at Saint Mary's. ‌Research activities across the University span a vast array of disciplines and topics within the Social Sciences and Humanities, Natural Sciences and Engineering, Occupational Health and Safety, and Finance and Management.

Saint Mary's has the largest Faculties of Arts and Commerce in the Maritime Provinces and our Faculty of Science is growing rapidly. Within these Faculties are hundreds of researchers (professors, post-doctoral fellows, research associates, technicians, graduate students and senior undergraduate students) working on a hundreds of research topics. Saint Mary's prides itself on a vast array of theoretical and basic research, but also research activities that links the University in practical ways to communities beyond our campus (e.g. government departments and ministries, private companies, industrial associations, citizen groups and associations, and international agencies and organizations).

In January 2005, the FGSR founded the Office of Innovation and Community Engagement (OICE) to help facilitate research relationships between our Faculty members and these communities, and to aid in the transfer of technology and other knowledge. The OICE is meant to be the initial contact point for Faculty members and parties external to the University in regard to developing research relationships / collaborations / contracts and for transfer of technology and knowledge arising from the research activities at Saint Mary's.


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