Research Engagement Collaborative Alliance with Partners (RECAP)


RECAP is dedicated to supporting authentic research partnerships between Western's researchers and diverse research partners to facilitate the mobilization and impact of research, scholarship, and creative activity.

Key to social impact in research is meaningful inclusion of highly engaged partners, including individuals, communities, industry, government, and non-government agencies locally, nationally, or internationally.

  • Partners from diverse sectors such as health, education or the environment can bring lived experience and critical perspectives about the relevance and priority level of research questions, inform key aspects of research design/recruitment/outcomes to be measured, and ensure the uptake of research findings through tailored mobilization strategies.
  • Research can help address pressing partner needs and grand challenges to advance societal impact or a change/benefit beyond academia to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life.  

Recognizing the many benefits of partnered research, funding agencies are increasingly requiring meaningful inclusion of research partners with evidence of commitment and authentic engagement in research.

RECAP supports partnerships through:

  • A learning platform with self-directed modules for researchers and partners to increase capacity around establishing research partnerships;
  • Research engagement events bringing together academic and non-academic experts to build connections and consider potential partnerships; and
  • Recommendations to support and recognize partner engagement in research including through internal funding opportunities.

RECAP Learning Platform

Online learning modules

RECAP Research Engagement Events

Engage with researchers and research partners on the challenges of our time

RECAP Mailing List

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Benefits of taking part in research partnerships


  • Diversify a research team to add critical perspectives that strengthen research relevance and competitiveness in funding opportunities

  • Access new ideas, reduce potential bias, increase cultural appropriateness, and enhance creativity and innovation

  • Improve research transparency, build trust in research, and ensure accountability (quality engagement and ethical conduct)

  • Expand support for interpretation of data, development of research outputs, and tailoring of mobilization efforts

  • Raise the profile and benefit of research outside the academy

Research Partners

  • Access to research expertise, information, resources, and funding to help address individual / organizational priorities

  • Gather evidence or use research findings to challenge / assess / change common assumptions, practices, or policies

  • Explore unique perspectives, and contribute lived and/or learned experience to drive research endeavours

  • Support intellectual curiosity, innovation, mentorship and creative activity

  • Enhance collaborative network by working with an academic institution and researchers

“We won’t be as efficient or effective if we silo research. Partnerships within and outside of academia are incredibly important in moving things forward, and we need the tools to support this kind of work.” 

Tom Appleton, departments of medicine and physiology & pharmacology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

“In my experience, successful and meaningful engagement with researchers happens when they take the time to get to know the organization and the world of our clients. Communication is important and so is taking the time to develop a relationship.” 

Jessie Rodger, Executive Director, Anova

Patient Partnerships through Lawson Health Research Institute

Lawson Health Research Institute facilitates patient engagement in research taking place at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joeseph’s Health Care London. Researchers conducting hospital-based studies can seek guidance and support from Lawson directly. See below Lawson’s statement about available support and resources.

Engaging patient partners ensures research is responsive, accessible and accountable to the needs of patients from study design to dissemination of findings. Lawson Health Research Institute (the research institute of LHSC and St. Joseph’s Health Care London) offers support to researchers looking to engage patient partners in hospital-based studies. In collaboration with the Patient Experience team at LHSC and the Care Partnership Office at St Joseph’s, researchers receive support and guidance on identifying potential patient partners, best practices when engaging patient partners, compensation and expense reimbursement, expectations, privacy and confidentiality. Follow up support for researchers and patient partners offered as the study progresses to ensure a successful partnership and positive experience.


For more information on RECAP or how you can get involved, please contact the RECAP Program at