Office of the Vice-President (Research and Innovation)

About Us

We are a diverse portfolio that supports and advances the university's large and complex research and innovation enterprise. We work closely with other UAlberta portfolios, with external partners and stakeholders, and provide leadership, guidance and diverse research supports and services:

  • Grant/funding administration, oversight and writing support
  • Liaise with funding agencies and government
  • Build research collaborations and promote industry partnerships
  • Facilitate innovation, entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer
  • Promote the university's research and its resulting outcomes and benefits

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

We are committed to an ethical and inclusive culture of research excellence that supports and promotes equity, diversity, inclusivity, and accountability. We support the CRC equity, diversity and inclusion action plan, collaborate with our institutional partners to support Indigenous research, and encourage members of the university’s research community to participate in EDI training and professional development. Learn more.

Portfolio Overview

Our portfolio supports UAlberta's research community and helps ensure that faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral fellow, and academic visitors involved in research, partnership and innovation activities adhere to the highest operational, financial, legal, ethical, and safety standards. We also develop and administer policies to ensure regulatory compliance.

Research Services Office
Serves and supports UAlberta's researchers, faculties and centres and institutes by identifying potential funding, facilitating funding applications and providing grant/funding administration, guidance and oversight.

Research Ethics Office
Oversees and supports research ethics review and approval for research involving human participants, as well as research, teaching and testing involving animals. Research ethics focuses on the research participants rather than those conducting the research.

Technology Transfer Services
Transforming discoveries and innovations into reality is a complex, lengthy process—Technology Transfer Services (TTS) helps facilitate this journey. TTS helps researchers, postdoctoral fellows, staff and students transform their innovations into reality—helping assess commercial opportunities, protect IP/inventions and navigate the commercialization process.

Postdoctoral Fellows
Postdoctoral fellows are valued members of the UAlberta community who are undergoing advanced training. The Postdoctoral Fellows Office provides many resources to welcome postdocs to campus and to support their research training and professional development while at UAlberta.

TEC Edmonton
A joint venture between the university and the City of Edmonton. TEC provides business development services, specifically focused on later-stage, investment ready companies.

Grant Assist Program
Provides grant application support to UAlberta's research community in the following areas: health sciences, natural sciences and engineering and social sciences and humanities. The end goal of GAP is to help researchers improve their funding success via application preparation and support.