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Office of the VP Research & Innovation

The Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI) provides guidance for UVic’s research agenda at the institutional level. This includes setting strategic research priorities and developing initiatives to support research.

Our mission

We’re working to benefit society in a multitude of ways. Through the advancement and application of knowledge. Through creative and artistic expression. Through the creation of research-inspired educational programs. Our researchers and artists make a vital impact on people, places and the planet.

Our vision

Creating a better world through curiosity, engagement & innovation.

Our vision is guided by the following principles:

  • Academic freedom: We value freedom of inquiry, study and engagement
  • Ambition: We value the desire and determination to achieve success
  • Collaboration: We value working collectively with diverse partners
  • Courage: We value boldness and action in the face of uncertainty
  • Excellence: We value outstanding skills, efforts and achievements
  • Inclusion and respect: We value a culture of equitable access to opportunities and recognize strength in diversity
  • Transparency: We value communication and clear and open processes
  • Truth and reconciliation: We value confronting the truth of our history and walking the path of reconciliation together

Our commitment to fundamental research, inquiry and theoretical perspectives remains unflagging. We will continue to support and nurture excellence in these areas because we know that curiosity-driven research and creativity are the essential building blocks for tomorrow’s life-changing applications.

Lisa Kalynchuk, Vice-President Research and Innovation

Research leadership

Dr. Lisa Kalynchuk

Dr. Lisa Kalynchuk

Vice-President Research & Innovation

Promotes and facilitates research and creative activities at the University of Victoria.


Alex D'Arcy

Dr. Alexandra D’Arcy

Interim Associate Vice-President Research

Facilitating and building UVic’s activities in research services, internal grants, human research ethics, knowledge mobilization, and research impact.
General oversight of SSHRC and related programs.
Liaison to Faculties of Business, Education, Fine Arts, Graduate Studies, Humanities, Law, and Social Sciences.


Fraser Hof

Dr. Fraser Hof

Associate Vice-President Research

Facilitating and building UVic's activities in shared platforms, postdoctoral fellows and grant-funded employees, research data and computing, animal research ethics, and Research Centres.
General oversight of NSERC, CIHR, and related programs.
Liaison to Faculties of Engineering & Computer Science, Health, Human & Social Development, and Science.


VPRI engagement requests

If you would like to request Vice-President Research & Innovation, Lisa Kalynchuk, to participate in an upcoming engagement or event please complete the VPRI engagement request form. Although we try to accommodate all requests, we cannot guarantee that the VPRI or designated AVP will be available. Requests should be submitted a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the engagement date.

Organization structure

Vice-President Research & Innovation - Lisa Kalynchuk

  • Director OVPRI - Kaitlyn Roland
    • Research profile

Research community news

Q&A with Alex D'Arcy

May 9, 2024

VPRI: What excites you most about your new role as Interim AVPR? AD: I’m excited about a lot of things: to learn about research across campus—new methods, new theories, new...

NSERC president meets some of UVic’s trailblazing researchers

May 9, 2024

Donning a lab coat and safety glasses on April 24, 2024, Alejandro Adem got a close-up view of several of UVic’s unique NSERC-funded labs and programs. The president of the Natural...

More than the unit: entangled photons and an all-star collaboration

May 9, 2024

The smallest discrete unit, a quantum, of scholarship—a researcher—might be compared to the smallest discrete unit, a quantum, of light—a photon. Sometimes, going solo...

Wow factor: inaugural Science Meets Parliament BC a success from start to finish

May 9, 2024

On April 22 and 23, 2024, 31 early-career scholars (pictured above)—a dozen from UVic—were fêted by the Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British...

Creating a vaccine for an ancient, all-too-current disease

May 9, 2024

“My whole mission in life is to help,” says Caroline Cameron. “Especially people whose voices don’t always get heard.” The UVic microbiology...

View more research community news.

Internal funding programs

Funding opportunities and support from the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation.

Aspiration post-doctoral fellowships

Competitive match-funding for faculty to recruit new post-doctoral fellows.

Research clusters

Internal funding to enable the growth and impact of established and emerging research clusters.

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The UVic Research and Creative Works Strategy identifies UVic’s research aspirations, actions, outcomes and impact areas.

Committees & boards

The Research Advisory Committee provides advice to the VPRI regarding the research enterprise at UVic. The primary role of the committee is consultative and its membership broadly reflects the key facets of research at UVic.

The Human Research Ethics Board and Animal Care Committee are administered by the Office of Research Services administers this board and committee. They focus on regulatory activities and compliance.

Learn more about our committees and boards.

UVic also has two corporate entities related to research. Each has a board of directors with representation from government, industry and other institutions:

Research contacts

Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation directory listing

Office of Research Services directory listing

Research Partnerships (RPKM) directory listing

Mailing address:

Vice-President Research University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC V8W 2Y2

Courier or in-person address:

Vice-President Research
University of Victoria
Room A110, Michael Williams Building
3800 Finnerty Rd. (Ring Road)
Victoria BC V8P 5C2