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 VPRI initiated the STrengthening the Administration of Research (STAR) education and outreach program. The goal of the STAR program is to provide educational resources that support the U of T research and innovation community with 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

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Registration for the 2020 STAR conference: Guiding Success, is now open

STAR Events

  1. The Annual STAR conference


    Registration for the 2020 STAR conference: Guiding Success is now open.

    Join staff from VPRI, Procurement Services, Internal Audit, and Financial Services, in a day of learning, networking, and sharing best practices in administering research & innovation.

    Presentations include the following*:

    • Update on the New, Principles-Based Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration
    • Workshop on Applying the Principles in the Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration
    • At Your Service – Navigating the Service Agreement World at U of T
    • Internal Audit Update
    • Research Procurement
    • Power Up with FIS & RIS!
    • VPRI Newsbreak

    *Agenda will vary by campus

    Please note this conference is specifically intended for U of T staff administering research, such as business officers, research administrator/facilitators, finance-related staff, and faculty.


    2020 St. George STAR Conference.  See the St. George program

    Date Time  
    Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Registration Closed


    2020 UTM STAR Conference. See the UTM program

    Date Time  
    Tues Feb 25, 2020 9:00 am - 3:30 pm Registration Closed


    2020 UTSC STAR Conference

    Date Time  
    Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


    Webcast: Update on the New, Principles-Based Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration
    Unable to attend the 2020 STAR conference in-person? You can tune into the 1-hour live webcast of the ‘Update on Tri-Agency's New, Principles-Based Guide on Financial Administration’ session.

    Please Note: Registration for this webcast is limited to those who have not registered to attend any of the STAR conferences in person.

    Date Time  
    Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:40 am - 10:40 am

    Registration Closed


  2. The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and Ontario Research Fund (ORF) Workshops

    These workshops cover the best administrative practices at each stage of the award’s life cycle. Workshops are held at various times in response to needs and emerging issues.

    Save the date for these upcoming STAR CFI Workshops:

    • Wed., Mar. 4, 2020, St. George campus
    • Mon., Mar. 9, 2020, UTM

    Please note this workshop is limited to U of T staff (e.g. business officers, project managers, research administrators/facilitators, finance-related staff) currently administering CFI/ORF awards. Relevant staff will be invited to register.

Forms & Downloads

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



  • 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


Emi Yano

Research Administration Training Specialist
Portfolio Operations (PO)
(416) 978-7004
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