Institutional Programs

Institutional programs are research projects that are supported institutionally by the University of Victoria according to the Strategic Research Plan.

Programs administered by Institutional Programs in the Office of Research Services (ORS) include the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), Canada Research Chairs (CRC) and Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD). See the tabs below for details.

University-level approval is required before applying to any of these funding programs. Interested researchers should contact the manager institutional programs.

ORS liaises with the funding partners, assists the selected researchers in the preparation of their applications, and manages the awarded projects.

Contact us

Director Institutional Programs: Dr. Joaquin Trapero, cfi@uvic.ca, 250-721-7972
Senior Project Officer: Jill Taylor, orsproj@uvic.ca, 250-853-3847
Financial Project Officer: Mike England, resprog1@uvic.ca, 250-472-5126

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure.

The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians.

CFI has several programs available to universities. The Office of Research Services will assist you in every step of all the programs.

Accessing CFI funds

All researchers need university and/or department and faculty approval to access CFI funds. Contact the Director, Institutional Programs for any information on the programs available and how to access them.

The BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) program is administered by the BC Ministry of Advenced Education, and funds Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) approved projects on a matching basis.

BCKDF projects will need to demonstrate their alignment with provincial research priorities and goals, wich include:

  • Commercialization;
  • Talent development; and
  • Job creation

Key focuses for the Province are the following sectors for research and technology development:

  • Agrifoods;
  • Clean Technology;
  • Digital and Screen-based Media;
  • Health and Life Sciences;
  • Information and Communication Technologies and Wireless;
  • Infrastructure and TRansportation;
  • Natural Resources; and
  • Tourism

A separate full application form must be completed and sent to the ministry. Please contact the Director, Institutional Programs before starting any BCKDF application to discuss the process and guidelines.

The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program helps universities attract and retain the best talent from around the world. The program assists universities like the University of Victoria in achieving research excellence in natural sciences and engineering, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

UVic currently holds 38 Canada Research Chairs. Information on UVic's CRC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiative is also available. 

Please contact the Director, Institutional Programs for any information on the process.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is a federal department that works to strengthen western innovation, business development and entrepreneurship, and economic development.

WD has programs to fund research projects at universities that address their priorities:

  • Increasing technology commercialization
  • Expanding trade and investment
  • Enhancing business productivity and competitiveness

You’ll need UVic’s approval before preparing your WD proposal. Please contact the Director, Institutional Programs for any information on the process.

Institutional Research Review Committee

The Institutional Research Review Committee (IRRC) provides advice to the Vice-President Research, and the Vice-President Academic and Provost as required, on the evaluation, prioritization and strategic development of major institutional research initiatives in accordance with the IRRC Terms of Reference.

IRRC’s membership:
  • Vice President Research (Chair): David Castle
  • Associate Vice-President Research: Lisa Kalynchuk
  • Associate Vice-President Research Operations: Rachael Scarth
  • Director, Institutional Programs : Joaquin Trapero
  • Six Faculty members selected by the VP Research from nominations by the Deans:
    •     Caren Helbing, Biochemistry
    •     Peggy Storey, Computer Science
    •     Leigh Anne Swayne. Medical Sciences
    •     Maycira Costa, Geography
    •     Aaron Gulliver, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    •     Scott McIndoe, Chemistry
  • Up to two external members selected by the VP Research
    • Alan Winter
    • David Crumpton
  • A representative from VP Finance and Operations: Michele McDonald, Director of Budgets
  • A representative from VP Academic: Nancy Wright, Associate Vice President Academic Planning