The Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) oversees UBC’s research infrastructure, strategy and international engagement.
The portfolio involves multiple research administration and support units.
Advanced Research Computing
Advanced Research Computing
(ARC) is a free, institutionally-dedicated service supporting the high-performance computing and data management needs of UBC researchers. The experienced, dedicated team provides consultation, expertise, and access to cyberinfrastructure.
Animal Care Services
Together with UBC’s Animal Care Committee, Animal Care Services
provides services in support of the UBC Animal Care and Use Program including research support, veterinary services, compliance, training, procurement, animal housing, technical services and administrative support.
entrepreneurship @ UBC
UBC students, faculty and alumni put their research and innovation ideas in motion at home and around the globe with the help of entrepreneurship@UBC
entrepreneurship @ UBC connects budding entrepreneurs with seasoned real-world mentors, venture capitalists—and each other. They do it through networking opportunities that include the Venture Cafe, accelerator programs and access to startup office space.
The program also offers capital from a Seed Fund to help launch promising new enterprises.
Indigenous Research Support Initiative
The Indigenous Research Support Initiative
recognizes that more effective research and greater mutual understanding can be developed from identifying, developing and supporting research practices that proceed from respectful relations between researchers and Indigenous communities. The vision of the inititiative is to provide professional research support and services to Indigenous communities and university researchers to undertake collaborative projects based on community-led interests, reciprocal relationships, and principles of mutual accountability.
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 Corporate Relations
UBC Corporate Relations Office
serves as an Industry Concierge, guiding potential partners through the university system to find the services that can best meet their needs. This can range from research connections, scientific consultations, access to facilities, internship possibilities, executive education and beyond. The unit also supports UBC’s engagement with the private sector community, working with the internal UBC network to monitor corporate trends and help coordinate a university presence at external industry events.
The university can be intimidating to navigate; our personalized corporate relations service provides a simple, single point of entry for our partners.
Office of 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;
- Research proposal development.
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
offers collaborative, interdisciplinary programs for outstanding scholars at all stages of their career.
It is part of an international network of University Based Institutes for Advanced Study 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. The Institute's achievements include the creation of a significant community of scholars – more than 450 Faculty Associates in total – at the University of British Columbia and an even wider global community of individuals and partner institutions.
Research Finance (RF)
Research Finance is responsible for the following functions:
- Ensure all sponsored research and specific purpose funds (i.e. R and S funds) at UBC are administered in compliance with funding agency, university, and accounting policies.
- Maintain financial records for these funds and submit periodical financial reports to sponsors from government, industry and non-profit organizations.
- Together with Office of Research Services (ORS) and University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO), act as liaison between UBC researchers and sponsor agencies and provide assistance to researchers and departmental administrators with respect to research project funding issues.
Sequencing + Bioinformatics Consortium
The UBC Sequencing and Bioinformatics Consortium (SBC) brings together the facilities, expertise and experience of multiple units across UBC to provide end-to-end support for any sequencing project, with rapid turnaround times.
The SBC was established in 2016 under the guidance of the VP Research Office, combining the UBC Sequencing Centre, the Biodiversity Research Centre NextGen Sequencing Facility and the NAPS Unit.
Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity (SPARC)
The staff at SPARC provide expert support to UBC researchers in all disciplines who seek operating and team-based funding for innovative 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 and consultations, team development, and brokering partnerships with government, industry and community organizations.
SPARC's unique programs are tailored to meet the needs of researchers and to respond to emerging mandates and priorities of external funding agencies.
The University of British Columbia Press
is Canada’s leading social sciences publisher. With an international reputation for publishing high-quality works of original scholarship, the Press’s books draw on and reflect cutting-edge research, pushing the boundaries of academic discourse in innovative directions. Each year UBC Press publishes seventy new titles in a number of fields, including Aboriginal studies, Asian studies, Canadian history, environmental studies, gender and women’s studies, geography, health and food studies, law, media and communications, military and security studies, planning and urban studies, and political science..
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 with industry, government and non-profit research contracts, the licensing of discoveries and inventions made by UBC researchers and the formation of spin-off companies.
Download an organizational chart of the VPRI