Promoting and facilitating research
The role of the Vice-President Research (VPR) is to promote and facilitate research and creative activities at the University of Victoria. To do this, he/she:
- develops and implements strategic plans to support a rich research environment
- creates and oversees sound research policies and procedures that meet the highest ethical and regulatory standards
- works with potential research funders to enhance available resources
- promotes the mobilization of knowledge created through research for societal benefit
- seeks to enhance the reputation of the university through the excellence of the research conducted by its faculty and students
Greeting from the Vice-President Research
The research environment at UVic supports creative diversity, research excellence, countless contributions to society and inspiration for student learning. While we are blessed with beautiful and vibrant surroundings, it’s the curiosity, intelligence and passion of our faculty and student researchers that make UVic truly special. Uvic is now recognized as one of the leading research universities in Canada and ranks highly internationally, largely based on research succes and impact.
Please take a moment to take in the view, browse this site and learn for yourself what makes UVic such an extraordinary place.
J. Howard Brunt, PhD
It is an honour to serve as the Vice-President Research and I cannot think of a better place to be . There is nothing more enjoyable than helping bright and passionate people achieve their goals and dreams through the application of “disciplined curiosity.”
The University of Victoria is one of Canada’s premier research-intensive institutions and, not surprisingly, it is consistently ranked as a “Research University of the Year” by Research Infosource. Our well-deserved reputation is due to the excellence of our faculty, students, and staff and their dedication to mobilizing their research for the benefit of society and to create a research-inspired learning environment.
Having excellent researchers and talented artists is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for our success. The university has done extraordinarily well through various competitive federal and provincial programs to increase the quality of our research and training facilities. Our faculty compete well in federal granting competitions (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) and have one of the highest success rates in Canada in securing research infrastructure (e.g. CFI)
We provide our researchers excellent support through the Office of Research Services for everything from grant and contract writing to funding administration, to regulatory oversight that meets the highest standards.
Our libraries, Media Services, IT infrastructure, Vancouver Island Technology Park, co-op program and so many other programs at UVic all make this an wonderful place to conduct research and educational activities. Our new Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM) unit provides one-stop support for research partnership development, IP protection, and Knowledge Mobilization services across the full spectrum of our research programs.
I have proposed that UVic’s research success results from a combination of its great people, infrastructure, and support services; however, there is one final ingredient that is truly unique to the University of Victoria -- our extraordinary environment. We are inspired by the beautiful ocean, rivers, mountains, wetlands, and forests that are literally part of our campus. The natural beauty that surrounds us makes our commitment to preserving and improving the health of the environment all that much more tangible. We are also inspired by the cultural diversity of the people who live in our region, especially the Indigenous peoples of Vancouver Island.
I hope you enjoy surfing our website and learning more about the research programs at the University of Victoria. I would also like to extend to all of you an invitation to visit our campus and experience for yourselves the excitement that makes this such a special place.
J. Howard Brunt, PhD
The research mission of the University of Victoria is to benefit society through the advancement and application of knowledge, creative and artistic expression, and the creation of a research-inspired learning environment.
Dr. Howard Brunt holds a PhD in community health science and epidemiology from the University of Calgary (1990), a master’s in cardiovascular nursing from Yale University (1983), s nursing degree from the University of Vermont (1978) and a BA in sociology from the University of Florida (1974).
Dr. Brunt first joined UVic in 1990 as a professor in the nursing program. He was especially attracted to UVic’s strong emphasis on the integration of teaching, learning and research. “The opportunities for increasing the proportion of graduate students at UVic bode well for the university’s culture of research.”
He served as UVic’s associate vice-president research from 1999 to 2004 and his first five-year term as VPR began in September 2007 and was extended through 2014.
Dr. Brunt's areas of research specialization are cardiovascular epidemiology and human research ethics, with a strong emphasis on community-based research. He has received awards for his cardiovascular research and has served on many national and provincial research review panels and policy boards. In 2002 he was appointed by the presidents of the three federal granting councils as the inaugural chair of an inter-agency panel on research ethics. He is currently the chair of CANARIE, Canada's high performance research network and represents UVic on the Board of TRIUMF.
Dr. Brunt is UVic's second vice-president research since the position was created in 1997.
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Each year the Vice-President Research prepares a report on his achievements against the previous year’s goals, and sets new goals for the coming year.