Research & Technology Development


The Research & Technology Development Office (RTDO) provides expertise in strategic research planning, research design and grants crafting. Focusing on the quality of science and health research, the RTDO facilitators assist and advise investigators in the development and articulation of research ideas and funding applications, as well as in the processes of technology transfer and intellectual property protection. 

The RTDO offers support in the following arenas

  • Research Development – mentorship, strategic initiatives, collaborations
  • Proposal Development – peer and critical review, competitiveness, opportunities, coordination
  • Technology Development – funding, IP, commercialization, partnerships
  • Strategic Planning – individuals, groups, programs, institute
  • Education – proposal development, critical review, scientific communication

The goal of the RTDO is to increase BC Children's Hospital success rate for external research, infrastructure and salary awards that align with institutional priorities and strategic vision.

The RTDO was established in August 2003 with funding from a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Institutional Infrastructure Award. The office has three research development facilitators, part-time proposal coordinators and grants assistants, and a hospital-affiliated technology transfer manager.

In the past 7 years, the RTDO facilitators have developed and supported more than 900 research proposals, helping to bring over $190 million to BC Children's Hospital. Successes include:

  • >250 operating grants
  • >100 team and infrastructure proposals, and 
  • 67 salary awards

Major initiatives include BC Children's Hospital / BC Knowledge Development Fund projects such as the Centre for Understanding & Preventing Infection in Children and the BC Children's Hospital Research Imaging Facility, and the NeuroDevNet Network of Centres of Excellence.

BC Children's Hospital investigators were also assisted to file 121 patents, disclose 103 inventions, apply for 32 licenses and obtain technology development funds from CIHR, NIH and other sources.


Dawn McArthur, PhD [profile]
Director, Research & Technology Development
Research & Technology Development Office

Office: 950 West 29 Avenue, Room 3106 
Phone: 604-875-3105 

Tamara English, PhD
Senior Research Development Facilitator 
Research & Technology Development Office

Office: 950 West 29 Avenue, Room 3107
Phone: 604-875-2000 ext. 5521  

Dominique Levesque, MSc (On Leave)
Research Programs Facilitator
Research & Technology Development Office

Office: 950 West 29 Avenue, Room 3107 
Phone: 604-875-2000 ext. 5227 

Amber Hui, MA 
Research Grants Assistant
Research & Technology Development Office

Office: 950 West 29 Avenue, Room 3107
Phone: 604-875-2000 ext. 5227

Jennifer Lynett, PhD [profile]
Technology Transfer Manager 

University of British Columbia
University Industry Liaison Office
103-6190 Agronomy Road
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z3

Phone: 604-827-5351