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Research support services at SFU live in both individual faculties, as well as in central offices under the VPRI. These include:

Research Facilitation

Research Grants Facilitators work with researchers to identify funding opportunities and develop competitive research grant applications. The Facilitators monitor and evaluate research funding developments and provide professional guidance to faculty members in the selection and preparation of research grant applications. Find your Research Facilitator:

Research Services

Research Services (ORS) advances SFU’s research mission by assisting faculty in obtaining and administering financial support for their research through grants and contracts. They help faculty navigate the full lifecycle of research projects, from pre-award application through post-award administration, to closeout. ORS manages the Opportunities Database, oversees the process of funding applications, negotiates and executes contracts, and is responsible for overseeing compliance with SFU, provincial and federal regulations.

Research Ethics

The Research Ethics (ORE) team supports researchers through the ethics review process for research involving human participants, from the preparation of a new submission to the continuing review of ongoing research.

Institutional Strategic Awards 

ISA is responsible for managing major institutional funding portfolios including the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research Chairs, and Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan). The ISA team also assists with the more complex Tri-Agency grants, particularly when significant partnerships are involved. Services include both pre-award proposal development and post-award project management. ISA staff work closely with Faculty-based Research Facilitators to deliver a coordinated service.

Technology Licensing Office

The TLO is focused on disseminating intellectual property (IP) knowledge, and providing IP protection and IP commercialization services to all SFU members.  The TLO supports all SFU members including faculty, students and university researchers in the strategic management of IP they generate through their inventions.

Animal Care

Animal Care Services (ACS) at SFU is committed to providing faculty, staff and students with high quality, cost-effective research and teaching animal resources. In addition to suitable housing facilities and animal husbandry services for animals used in biomedical research, ACS provides veterinary services, personnel training and expertise in common laboratory methodologies, anaesthesia and surgical techniques for rodents, birds and fish.

Environmental Health and Safety

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) office, under Safety and Risk Services, administers the Biosafety program which facilitates the safe and informed use of biological materials, and the Radiation Safety program, which facilitates the safe and informed use of radiation sources and devices. Integral to each program are the issuance of permits to support compliance with all regulatory requirements and related University policies.