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Dr. Gail Murphy, Vice-President, Research and Innovation

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and its portfolio units, are the support hub for UBC’s top-ranked research and innovation activities.

We work in partnership with the Okanagan campus to uphold UBC’s reputation as a Top-40 research institution. We provide UBC researchers with strategic information, resources and tools to support their work from grant-writing through to publicity. We also provide strategy for major research initiatives and support the development of the Innovation UBC network.

This portfolio has a wide range of administrative functions that are both internal and external to the University, including:

  • championing and advocating for research among UBC's internal and external communities;
  • fostering collaborations in research, creative, scholarly, and professional activities among scholars in various fields at and beyond UBC;
  • supporting an environment that ensures all faculties, schools, colleges, and libraries will receive efficient support services relating to research administration and information on funding sources, grant procedures, and other relevant matters;
  • establishing and maintaining effective liaison with agencies and institutions such as national funding agencies, peer research institutions and foundations, and local health authorities, as well as with partners in industry, government, academia, and the community;
  • promoting knowledge mobilization (including technology transfer) and overseeing the management of intellectual property issues;
  • promoting and ensuring ethical research practices; and
  • supporting the Innovation UBC network, which fosters entrepreneurial learning, and partners with industry and the broader community to transform research into new products, policies and practices that improve lives around the world.

Reporting units under the direction of the Vice-President Research and Innovation include:

Shared Research Platforms  

Facilities funded jointly by VPRI and Faculties and departments for the purpose of offering specialized research services to the UBC and external research community.

In addition, a number of regulatory committees fall within the mandate of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation: the Animal Care, Biosafety, and Chemical Safety Committees, the Behavioural and Clinical Research Ethics Boards, and the Radiation and Radioisotopes Screening Committee.

For more information please visit the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation at or contact us at

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