The Office of the Vice President Research & International (VPRI) oversees UBC’s research infrastructure, strategy and international engagement.
The following research administration and support units report to the Vice President Research & International:
Animal Care Centre
The Animal Care Centre is responsible for ensuring the welfare of animals used in research at UBC. This includes supervising animal care facilities to ensure they meet all regulatory requirements, providing veterinary care to research animals, managing the supply and housing of research animals, and providing training and education to staff and faculty members working with animals.
Institutional Programs Office – CFI/KDF/WD
The Institutional Programs Office provides administrative support to researchers pursuing large infrastructure grants offered by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), and Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD). Services include team-building, budget support, internal review and reporting.
Office of Human Research Ethics
Protecting human research participants is an integral component of the UBC's research program. The activities of the Office of Research Ethics, which involve a number of administrative and academic units, seek to ensure that UBC research is conducted in accordance with the highest ethical standards.
Office of Research Services (ORS)
The staff of the Office of Research Services are dedicated to providing top-quality administrative support to UBC’s research community. Contact ORS looking for help with any of these tasks:
- Finding funding or developing research grants;
- Obtaining an institutional signature for a grant application;
- Obtaining a compliance certificate for research involving human subjects, animals or biohazardous materials;
- Setting up a research account and spending limits;
- Transferring research funds to my collaborators at another institution;
- Registering a clinical trial;
- Finding information about research funding at UBC and its affiliated institutions.
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
The Peter Wall Institute offers collaborative, interdisciplinary programs for outstanding scholars at all stages of their career. It is one of only 24 similar institutions worldwide and is devoted to nurturing research at the highest levels. The Institute offers rare opportunities for UBC researchers who are likely to make breakthrough discoveries over the long term.
Strategic Partnerships Office
A division of the UBC Sustainability Initiative, the Strategic Partnerships Office helps to accelerate UBC’s innovation-focused sustainable research initiatives by leveraging research, operations and private, public and/or non-governmental organization sectors to accelerate sustainability at UBC. The result is faster times to market for firms, enhanced research opportunities for researchers, and more efficient operation of UBC.
Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity (SPARC)
The staff at SPARC provide expert support to UBC researchers in all disciplines who seek funding for innovative, team-based research initiatives. SPARC helps to develop research partnerships and build interdisciplinary, inter-institutional teams that may involve government, the private sector and the community.
Services include Internal Review, strategic grant development workshops, team development, and brokering partnerships with government, industry and consumer groups.
SPARC's unique programs are tailored to meet the needs of researchers and to respond to emerging mandates and priorities of external funding agencies.
UBC Press was established in 1971 and is among the largest university presses in Canada, publishing more than 40 new books annually and with a backlist of 700 titles. UBC Press is widely acknowledged as one of Canada’s foremost publishers of political science, Native studies, and forestry books. Other areas of particular strength are Asian studies, Canadian history, environmental studies, planning, and urban studies.
University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO)
The University-Industry Liaison Office facilitates engagement between researchers and external partners. This engagement takes many forms, including research partnerships investigating areas of mutual interest, research contracts with members of industry, the licensing of discoveries and inventions made by UBC researchers, and the formation of spin-off companies.