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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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How do I register for an IRIS research portal account?

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Registering an IRIS Account

To register an account, visit the IRIS login page. From there you will select the Register button and complete a user personal profile. Your profile information is used to identify you in IRIS, and is used for administrative and reporting purposes. In addition, others may search for your profile in IRIS to provide you with access to their research applications/files. Only include professional contact information; do not enter your home address, phone number, etc. 

Required Personal Profile Fields

All new accounts are validated by the system administrator. If you do not provide the required information when registering an account, we will contact you for more details. This may delay the processing of any submitted applications. The system will not allow you to submit a request for a new account unless you provide the following:

    • your name
    • email address (use an email address that you check regularly, as IRIS system communications will be sent to this email)
    • affiliation (see table below)

In addition, the following fields are required:

    • prefix (for the purposes of addressing correspondence only; unspecified is satisfactory and will be used in correspondence)
    • country**
    • institution**
    • position (labelled rank on the registration page; use other if the none of the choices fit and note your position in the comments)
    • address of your institution, if not Ontario Tech University (do not enter personal addresses)
    • telephone number/extension at your institution, if not Ontario Tech University (do not enter personal telephone numbers)

**If your country or institution does not appear in the dropdown lists, please use the Other option (it appears as the first option in the dropdown box) and note the country/institution in the comments field. We will update our list while validating your account.

Note that comments, alternate address, phone 2 and fax number are all optional fields and can be completed at your discretion. We do not require your gender and will remove this information if submitted. 


Affiliation is a required field. Please choose your affiliation from the following table

Table describing affiliation roles that appear in IRIS research portal

Students and post-doctoral fellows not in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS)

  • From the Level dropdown box, select Faculty.
  • From the Unit dropdown box, select the appropriate faculty.
  • Select the Primary Affiliation checkbox.

Students and post-doctoral fellows in FEAS

  • From the Level dropdown box, select Department.
  • From the Unit dropdown box, select one of the following:
      • Department of Automotive, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
      • Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering
  • Check the Primary Affiliation checkbox.

Researchers external to Ontario Tech University

  • From the Level dropdown box, select Division.
  • From the Unit dropdown box, select the appropriate field.
  • Select the Primary Affiliation checkbox.

Ontario Tech University faculty and staff

  • Contact the Office of Research Services (ORS) to create an IRIS account for you.
  • Your account will be linked to your Banner ID and network password so you do not have to remember an additional password.

Submitting Your Registration

To submit your registration, simply select the Register button after completing your personal profile. A confirmation of registration message will be sent to your email address. You will need to use the link provided in the email to confirm your account and create a password.

If you receive a message that a user with the same email ID already exists, an account has probably been set up for you as a result of previous research activities at OTU. In this event, proceed to the IRIS login page, enter your email address as the username, and select the reset password button. An email confirmation will be sent to you, and you will be directed to create a password.

Once you have accessed the system, you can edit your account details (name, institution, affiliation, etc.) by selecting the My Profile link at the top right corner of the IRIS home page.

As a reminder, ORS reviews and validates all new accounts and may send you an email message should more information be required. 

Accessing Your Account Post-Registration

Once your registration is complete, you may access your account anytime from the IRIS Student and External Research login page. Note that your user name will be your email address.

Questions and Comments?

If you have any questions or comments about the IRIS research portal, please visit our IRIS support web page for contact information.