UBC Research Services and Offices

ORS – Office of Research Services

Office of Research Ethics

RiSE – Research Information Systems

  • Online research admin tool used by UBC
    • Has training, user guides and tutorials, as well as RiSE account setup support

SPARC – Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity

  • Planning and management of major proposal reqs.
    • Reviews and provides feedback to strengthen proposals prior to submissions
    • SPARC Resources and sample grant library
      • Resource library of successful grant applications to support applications to major Tri-Agency research grant competitions

UBC Innovation Partnerships

  • Translate research discoveries and partnerships –> new tech, service, treatment, policy

Knowledge Exchange Unit

  • Helps researchers develop and share knowledge through exchange with communities, govt, not-for-profit, and public
    • Supports UBC students, researchers, and staff to develop skills, plan and implement, and have resources to support knowledge exchange across disciplines.


  • Creating ventures out of research projects

University Industry Liaison Office (UILO)

  • Institutional approval for research contracts and agreements
    • Partnerships with industry, government, and non-profit
    • Provide support to researchers with patents, inventions, spin-off companies
    • Negotiates contracts, material transfer and data transfer agreements
    • Tech transfer group
      • Intellectual property – protects rights and interests of UBC researchers
      • Commercialization agreements

Institutional Programs Office (IPO)

  • Provides admin and strategic support to research

Indigenous Research Support Initiative (IRSI)

  • Facilitates research developed / conducted in collaboration with Indigenous communities and led by Indigenous perspectives

UBC Learning Exchange – Community Based Research

  • The Learning Exchange is an entry point for faculty from UBC and other universities to engage with Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.