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OVPRI Services

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) is Toronto Metropolitan University’s central research administration office. The Office is responsible for advancing the research agenda at Toronto Metropolitan University and works with faculty, government and industry to help foster the creation of new knowledge and the establishment of innovative partnerships.

OVPRI Departments

Research Grants

Provides information on funding opportunities and strategic advice on research applications. For more information, contact Richard McCulloch, Executive Director, Research Services.

Business Development and Strategic Planning

Develops research and impact strategies to support new partnerships and market opportunities aligned with the university’s strategic goals and priorities. For more information, contact Johannes Dyring, Assistant Vice-President, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives.

Research Planning, Finance and Administration

Provides financial leadership, data analysis and records management for finance and evaluation systems; offers advice on complex multi-stakeholder projects and grants; and develops strategies to promote research productivity. For more information, contact Vivian Chan, Chief Administrative Officer.

Research Communications and Knowledge Mobilization

Helps enhance the university’s reputation for research and innovation through integrated outreach, events, and communications. For more information, contact Sylvia Kavanagh, Director, Research Communications.

Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) Activity Advisory Committee

A representative of each Faculty at Toronto Metropolitan University participates in the SRC Representatives Group. They assist the OVPRI in identifying and developing research-related priorities, policies, and activities for the university. Researchers are encouraged to contact their Faculty representative for information about Faculty-specific research initiatives, such as:

  • To solicit and coordinate the SRC issues and concerns of their respective Faculties.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of information and the discussion of SRC issues and concerns.
  • To provide input and advice to the OVPRI regarding strategies for enhancing SRC activity at the university.
  • To review the effectiveness of existing SRC initiatives and recommend changes as required.
  • To receive periodic reports from the OVPRI on the university's performance in major grant competitions in relation to other university comparators.
  • To meet periodically with representatives of various units within the university who play an essential role in realizing the SRC mission of the university.
  • To coordinate periodic reviews of the university's strategic research plans and recommend revisions as required.
  • To draft and/or review SRC-related policies in preparation for submission to the SRC Activity Standing Committee of the Senate.

The SRC Activity Advisory Committee members also serve on the SRC Activity Standing Committee of the Senate.

The SRC Activity Standing Committee of the Senate

The SRC Activity Standing Committee of the Senate is concerned with ensuring that Toronto Metropolitan University's academic policies support the university's mission of engaging in Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) activity. In this regard, the Committee shall:

  • Receive reports regarding SRC activity, funding, and accomplishments at the university. 
  • Provide input into the strategic planning process and recommend to Senate those plans requiring the university's approval.
  • Review issues pertaining to SRC activity at the university and identify areas where university policy is required.
  • Formulate and recommend to Senate policies that promote and support SRC activity at the university.
  • Review existing SRC activity policies periodically and recommend any revisions to Senate.

If you have any questions about the SRC Activity Advisory Committee, please contact Chloe Langlois, Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, at or visit the SRC Activity Committee page (opens in new window) .