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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.


Dr. Cynthia Milton

Dr. Cynthia Milton

Associate Vice-President Research

Provides strategic planning and implementation, policy formulation, special programs and initiatives. Builds strong relationships with granting agencies, contractors and funders.


Fraser Hof

Dr. Fraser Hof

Associate Vice-President Research

Facilitating and building UVic's activities in innovation, shared platforms, partnerships, research data, and more.


Organization structure

Vice-President Research and Innovation

Associate Vice-Presidents Research

Executive Director Research Services

Research community news

$250K Infosys Visiting Chair Professorship

January 16, 2023

Dr. Arif Babul, University of Victoria Distinguished Professor and Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named Infosys Visiting Chair Professor in Mathematics and Physics...

E.W.R. Steacie Award for Ian Manners

January 16, 2023

Ian Manners, professor of chemistry and Canada 150 Research Chair at the University of Victoria, has received the E.W.R. Steacie Award from the Chemical Institute of Canada. The award honours a...

Gilead Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

January 16, 2023

Katherine Elvira, associate professor of chemistry, Canada Research Chair and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar at the University of Victoria, has received the Gilead Award for...

G7 One Health Summit

January 9, 2023

The confluence of human and planetary health, climate, biodiversity and Indigenous knowledge at the G7 Research Summit on One Health in November 2022 was a perfect fit for the University of...

UVic researchers welcome CFI President and Board of Directors

November 24, 2022

President Roseann O’Reilly Runte and members of the board and leadership team of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) saw some of their funding in action at UVic this week. They...

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Internal funding programs

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

Matching funds for major projects

Seed funds to help secure major external grant funding.

Emergency equipment repair fund

Support for small-to-medium-cost equipment in urgent need of repair or replacement.

Research & creative projects grants

Seed funding for SSHRC funded projects.

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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