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.[1]

Video conferencing

Video conferencing technology is used to connect researchers and professionals in the STEM fields with elementary and secondary school classrooms for real time, interactive discussion.


VROC is partnered with over 40 universities, colleges and institutions as well as school boards across the country.[2]


VROC began with a "Reaching Higher" grant from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in 2006 under the Dalton McGuinty government.[3]

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.[4]

Partners in Research hosts a national annual awards reception and ceremony entitled The PIR National Awards to celebrate Canadian research in the STEM fields.[5] Proceeds from this evening support the Virtual Researcher On Call Program.


In 2006 VROC was named a "New and Noteworthy Initiative" by the Canadian Education Association.[6]

VROC was awarded the ORION Discovery Award of Merit in 2008.[7]


  1. ^ VROC Video Podcasts
  2. ^ "Partnered Institutions". VROC. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  3. ^ CNW Group (3 April 2006). "McGuinty Government Investing in Science Students". Retrieved 4 September 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Government of Canada Supports Science and Tech Programming for Southern Ontario Youth
  5. ^ "PIR National Awards". Partners in Research. 
  6. ^ "Virtual Researcher on Call". Canadian Education Association. 19 December 2006. Archived from the original on 21 September 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "2008 ORION Discovery Award of Merit" (PDF). ORION. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 

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