Research Administration Training: STAR Program

Who is this for?

The STrengthening Administration of Research (STAR) program is aimed at University of Toronto (U of T) staff administering research and innovation funds, which includes the following.

  • Professor, Faculty Member
  • Research or Financial Administrator

What do I need before I can begin?

You do not need to complete any prerequisites to access STrengthening Administration of Research (STAR) resources.


Rules and regulations governing research and innovation can be numerous, complex, and sometimes difficult to navigate.

In 2015, the Division of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) initiated the STrengthening the Administration of Research (STAR) education and outreach program. The goal of the STAR program provides educational resources that support the University of Toronto’s (U of T’s) research and innovation community in the following.

  • Understanding and successfully navigating all steps of the research and innovation life cycles
  • Being aware of the distinct roles of the wide range of people carrying out and supporting research and innovation
  • Staying current with relevant processes and systems
  • Sharing best practices
  • Networking with peers and experts

STAR Events

Following the success of the 2021 STAR Workshop series, the online workshop series format is returning for 2022. Join your peers in expanding your knowledge on a range of research administration topics! 

2022 STAR Workshop Series Schedule

Understanding the VPRI: An Overview of the VPRI's Units & Functions

Date Time  
Wed Jan 26, 2022 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Closed

Closing Research Funds -  Guidance from a Financial Perspective

Date Time  
Wed Mar 23, 2022 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Closed

Advanced Research Procurement

Date Time  
Wed Apr 6, 2022 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Closed

STAR Networking: Cultivate Your Connections

Date Time  
Tue May 10, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am Closed

My Research Funds: A Full Makeover for MROL & FReD

Date Time  
Thu May 26, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am Closed

Internal Audit: Reducing Risk Exposure in Research Expenses

Date Time  
Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am Closed


The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Workshops (By invitation only)

Please Note: The CFI workshops are limited to U of T staff (e.g. Business Officers, Project Managers) currently administering CFI awards. Relevant staff will be invited to register.

The CFI workshops cover the best administrative practices at each stage of the award’s life cycle.  The 2022 workshop dates are still to be determined.


Forms & Downloads

You can view previous presentations and download associated resources by clicking on the links below.

Please note: A valid UTORid is needed to access the workshop recordings.


2022 STAR Workshop Series

2022 Workshop 1

2022 Workshop 2

2022 Workshop 3

2022 Workshop 4

2021 STAR Workshop Series


    VPRI Role

    • Provide training and education to the U of T community to facilitate and support successful research and innovation
    • Collaborating with research stakeholders to develop new and effective ways to provide training and outreach

    VPRI Contact