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About Us


The Community-Based Research Training Centre (CBRTC) publicly launched in November of 2020. Since launching we have worked to be a valuable resource for supporting students, community members, and academics interested in research. We have offered over a dozen free events online and in-person. These have ranged from finding reliable open access research and data to working with advisory committees on projects. We conduct outreach to post-secondary classrooms at both the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba in order to build students awareness of community-based approaches to research. We have also been crating and creating online resources for those interested in learning more.


The CBRTC began as an idea back in 2020, when the Manitoba Research Alliance (MRA) was awarded a 7-year, $2.5 million Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The MRA had allocated $1.2 million of its funding to support student and community researchers. In response to the award application, reviewers suggested strengthening the project by increasing training opportunities for students. The idea of the CBRTC was a way to make this happen, while also prioritizing opportunities for community researchers. Due to its diverse connections and location, The University of Winnipeg was proposed by the MRA as an ideal site for the CBRTC, and we received enthusiastic support from the UWinnipeg Research Office. A commitment to establishing the CBRTC was included in the full MRA proposal, which was positively received, and resulted in the 2020 award.

We are proud of what we have accomplished so far, and excited to continue to