Resources for faculty and staff

UVic offers a wide-range of resources and supports for faculty and staff participating in community-engaged research (CER). Explore the resources below to learn more.

UVic Research and Research Partners and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM) are great places to start exploring resources for all aspects of your community-engaged research project. RPKM can help you with all stages of your project from brokering partnerships to helping promote your research results.

Grants and funding opportunities

UVic Research provides information and resources about funding opportunities including internal and external research grants, special funding programs and other awards and honours.

Learn more and nominate a colleague for the Provost's Engaged Scholar Award.

Guides for CER portfolios and promotion assessment

Dr. Crystal Tremblay, Research Associate for the Office of Community-University Engagement (OCUE), is in the process of developing an impact framework to support faculty members who participate in community-engaged research. This will include guides for assessing community-engaged research for promotion and tenure. Learn more and provide feedback.

Indigenous research and resources

Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE)

CIRLCE is dedicated to promoting and engaging in research in partnership with Indigenous peoples to improve their well-being. Since May 2008 the centre has provided a supportive environment for students, researchers and communities to engage respectfully in research activities that aim to address the urgent disparities experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

Some of the resources and opportunities through CIRCLE include:

Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE)

IACE provides support and resources for faculty and staff engaging with First Nations communities including:

Join OCUE's community of practice

The Office of Community-University Engagement (OCUE) is developing a community-of-practice with fellow community-engaged research (CER) practitioners at UVic. We help host and promote events and get-togethers for staff, faculty, community members and students participating in CER. These events provide an opportunity to network with other CER participants.

If you are interested in joining this group, sign-up for our eNewsletter to stay in the loop about these events and other relevant community-university engagement news.

Regulatory approval and research ethics

UVic Research provides the information you will need for regulatory approvals and ethics guidelines including:

Research Partners and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM)

UVic's Research Partners and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM) offers a wide-range of resources and services to faculty and staff engaged in research including:

  • Partnership-brokering with community
  • Assistance developing research collaborations or contracts
  • Co-developing seminars, workshops, graduate student internships etc. that promote partnerships with community

Explore the full list of resources here. Learn about RPKM's projects.

UVic Research Centres

Learn more about the research centres at UVic.

SEGAL Lab: Community-Engaged Research and Software Engineering

SEGAL is a Center of Excellence in Community-engaged Research and Teaching of issues and strategies for Software Engineering Global interAction. Developing software in geographically distributed teams has become the norm, software organizations leveraging talent anywhere in the world, and particularly in locations close to customers or where development costs are reduced. However, distributed projects involve complex interactions across organizational, functional as well as national, cultural and socio-economic boundaries, making their study important but difficult. 

SEGAL has achieved international recognition for leading empirically validated research in partnership with software development community in Victoria, Canada and large international software development organizations. Our research resulted in technology transfer to the IT community in the form of models for predicting risk of escalating customer tickets or processes for improved project resource planning. In 2017 a model of evolving requirements engineering practices in startup companies has become available for local companies to use in their business growth. Faculty members interested in working to address issues of the software community locally or internationally should contact the lab Director to pursue such opportunities. 

Furthermore, equipped with advanced, state-of-the-art collaboration technologies for distance communication, SEGAL has also created a teaching and mentoring environment for numerous undergraduate and graduate students in community-engaged learning of Requirements Engineering and Global Software Engineering. Some of these students have obtained jobs at international development organizations, or became leaders of high-technology parks at other universities abroad. Others have chosen to live and work in beautiful BC, by founding their own Victoria-based startup company, or work remotely for international corporations.

"I am a former student of Dr. Damian's, having studied under her both in my undergraduate and graduate work in computer science at UVic. Now, in my role as Engineering Manager at Bandcamp, a US-based company whose entire workforce is distributed around the world, I directly benefit from the teachings, research and community engagement of Dr. Damian. Specifically, her teaching allowed me to  become engaged with the tech sector, to bring current research on distributed software development directly into practice, and to ultimately find a job that I love, that allows me to balance raising a young family with a challenging and rewarding career: I am able to work—from home—as part of a thriving, globally distributed software engineering team, for an internationally successful company, but did not have to leave Victoria to do so. Dr. Damian has been fundamental in giving me the tools necessary to build my career while staying in BC—keeping myself and other graduate level, skilled tech workers here, rather than being forced to move abroad."

- Anna Russo Kennedy, Engineering Manager, Bandcamp

Community-Based Research Laboratory (CBRL)

The Community-based Research Laboratory (CBRL) is a knowledge hub created by Dr. Gutberlet in 2007 and located in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria. The CBRLab hosts a group of researchers and students that are committed to participatory oriented and community-based research in Canada and abroad.

Our vision is to link global issues with local actions for sustainable change by establishing partnerships with different stakeholders (university, government, civil society, NGOs, business sector, grassroots initiatives) to improve the livelihoods of individuals and communities.

Our mission is to conduct participatory action research with community members in order to achieve progressive social, economic and environmental sustainable and transformative change.

Other supports through OCUE

The Office of Community-University Engagement (OCUE) can help support you in your community-engaged research work. We have provided the following support:
  • Help finding information or partners on campus that can support your project.
  • Help spread the word about your project, or community engaged event to the CER community of practice.
  • Help provide you with event planning tools for you to run your own small event (checklists and workflows etc.).

If you need other types of supported not listed, please contact  with your inquiry.