About Us


The Office of International Research's mandate is to increase the international reach of the University of Ottawa's research strengths, consistent with university priorities, by promoting, assisting and coordinating international research and development activities. We support researchers through:

  • Building academic partnerships and liaising with Canadian and foreign government agencies, with foundations and the private sector, as well as coordinating with academic and administrative units at the University;
  • Expanding and diversifying the support base for international initiatives by identifying new and non-traditional sources of funding, developing internal programs and raising awareness of these opportunities on campus;
  • Being involved in the development of concept papers and full proposals to ensure technical and budgetary compliance, thus helping increase uOttawa's success rate in competitive bids;
  • Participating in negotiating grant and contract agreements with partners and funding agencies; and
  • Documenting and assessing the impact of uOttawa's international research and development projects. Review and analysis of international research data, policies, priorities and trends.

The OIR mandate aims to support researchers with their international activities and to enhance uOttawa's position internationally.


François Carrier, Director

François was appointed Director of the Office of International Research in February 2011. A civil engineer holding two degrees from the University of Ottawa (B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc.), he worked for more than 10 years as a water and sanitation specialist for the Government of Canada and on assignment for several clients in English- and French-speaking developing countries. Prior to joining uOttawa, he spent 11 years at McGill University, serving for nine of these years as Head of the International Research Office. Leading a team of nine staff members, the unit provided support services to researchers at the pre- and post-award stages of their international grants and awards. François led the development of several strategic partnerships and, while in this role, the number of international research and development projects increased by more than two-fold. He recently earned an M.B.A. from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

francois.carrier@uOttawa.ca / Tel.: 613-562-5800 (1271)

Carmen Bauer, Senior Project Officer

Carmen joined the team in March 2012, arriving from Switzerland where she worked as the Administrative Director of the Centre for International Environmental Studies of the Graduate Institute. She was responsible for the management of the Centre's research portfolio. Previously, she worked at the University of Ottawa to coordinate a pan-Canadian, multi-institutional, inter-disciplinary sciences and humanities project, funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Carmen holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany, and has conducted fieldwork in Europe, the Middle East and Canada.

carmen.bauer@uOttawa.ca / Tel.: 613-562-5800 (2010)

Andrew Grosvenor, Senior Project Officer

Andrew joined the Office of International Research in June 2016, following five and half years managing international relations at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. During his time with the Council, Andrew worked with domestic and foreign partners to develop international opportunities for Canadian researchers and students. He also represented NSERC in science policy discussions with the Heads of Research Councils of G8 states and the Global Research Council. Andrew holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Queen’s University. His prior experience includes three years living and working in China.

andrew.grosvenor@uottawa.ca / Tel.: 613-562-5800 (2943)

Vincent Lacroix-Cuerrier, Project Officer

Vincent joined the Office in August 2015 after completing an M.A. in Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His graduate work focused on Chinese civil society and he was also very involved in campus life, organizing lectures and events. Since 2006, Vincent has been deepening his knowledge of Chinese society and culture; he speaks Mandarin and has spent extensive time in China and in Taiwan.         

vincent.lacroix-cuerrier@uOttawa.ca / Tel. : 613-562-5800 (3146)

Karine Barthelemy, Administrative Assistant

Karine joined the Office of the Vice-President, Research in August 2004. She provides administrative support to the Office of International Research since February 2012. Prior to that, she held an administrative function at the Undergraduate Medical Education Office. Karine gained international experience through assignments for the USAID and the US Peace Corps in Haiti.

karine.barthelemy@uOttawa.ca / Tel.: 613-562-5397

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