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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.


Invite the VPRI to your event

If you would like to request Vice-President Research & Innovation, Lisa Kalynchuk, to participate in your event please complete the VPRI event participation 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 event or meeting date.

Organization structure

Vice-President Research and Innovation - Lisa Kalynchuk

  • Director OVPRI - Kaitlyn Roland
    • Research profile

Research community news

Celebratory theatre: telling tales

August 29, 2023

This is a story of stories. And like all classic tales, each has an inciting incident followed by a turning point at which the hero steps onto a new path. They sidle or charge or struggle forward...

Canada Foundation for Innovation announces results of JELF competition

August 29, 2023

Today, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of...

UVic scholars lead diverse, innovative projects

August 29, 2023

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Discovery Grants promote and maintain a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian...

UVic researchers awarded almost $4M by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

August 29, 2023

The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation,...

Scholar Spotlight: Brent Steel, Fulbright Chair 2023

June 8, 2023

On August 1, Dr. Brent Steel of Oregon State University will join UVic as the inaugural 2023 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Healthy People and Planet. Steel is a University Distinguished...

View more research community news.

Internal funding programs

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