Behavioural competencies for Researcher: Networking

Cultivating a network of contacts as sources of information, advice and support.

Level 1

Accesses known sources of information

  • Accesses information through existing sources and research networks, literature reviews, etc.
  • Use colleagues, team members, university, industry or government contacts to access needed information.
  • Identifies experts in a field and contacts them to access information.

Level 2

Builds personal contacts and networks

  • Continuously builds informal, personal networks.
  • Seeks out opportunities to make presentations, participate on committees, etc. to increase exposure within relevant scientific, government and business communities.
  • Develops relationships and/or collaborations with credible individuals and organizations.
  • Uses networks to understand the global direction of their field of research.
  • Makes effective contributions to networks.

Level 3

Facilitates networking

  • Encourages other researchers to build networks.
  • Provides opportunities for other researchers to make contacts.
  • Mentors other researchers on the importance of building networks.
  • Creates networking opportunities by organizing conferences, establishing consortia, etc.
  • Uses information acquired from networks to influence the research centre/NRC strategic direction.