Virtual Researcher on Call (VROC) is a Canadian educational program administered by Partners in Research. The program connects students with knowledge partners — researchers and professionals — in health and natural sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM fields) through video conferencing and video podcasts.
VROC is partnered with over 40 universities, colleges and institutions as well as school boards across the country.
In 2011, Partners in Research was awarded a nearly million dollar grant from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario to teach southern Ontarian students about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Partners in Research hosts a national annual awards reception and ceremony entitled The PIR National Awards to celebrate Canadian research in the STEM fields. Proceeds from this evening support the Virtual Researcher On Call Program.