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.

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Registration for the first two 2021 STAR workshops is now open! See below for details.


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

The 2021 STAR conference has been transformed into a series of virtual workshops held over the course of the year.

Join your peers in expanding your knowledge on preparing for audits, the new procurement thresholds, research service vs. collaboration agreements, administering Canada Foundation for Innovation funds, the Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration, and more.

2021 STAR Workshop Series Schedule

This schedule of online workshops will continue to be updated so check back often!


Research Administration Processes: The Impact of COVID-19

Date Time  
Thurs Jan 28, 2021 10:30 am - 11:30 am


Research Procurement Updates

Date Time  
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:30 am - 11:30 am


Preparing for an Audit

Date Time  
Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am Save the Date

Forms & Downloads

You can download copies of 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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