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 is to provide 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

Upcoming STAR Events

Join your peers in expanding your knowledge on a range of research administration topics!

Project Management for Research Administrators: What Is It and How Can It Support My Role?

Date Time  
Wed Mar 6, 2024 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Recent STAR Events & Session Resources

Internal Audit: Internal Controls & Improving Research Expenditure Compliance

Date Time  
Wed Nov 15, 2023 10:30 am - 11:30 am Workshop Recording & Materials


STAR Networking – Creating Connections

Date Time  
Tue Oct 3, 2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Workshop Recording & Materials


Managing Research using FIS & RIS Tools

Date Time  
Tue Jun 20, 2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Workshop Recording & Materials


Researcher's Guide to Industry Partnerships

Date Time  
Wed May 24, 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Workshop Recording & Materials


DiscoverResearch – U of T’s New Expertise Discovery Tool

Date Time  
Thu Apr 13, 2023 10:30 am - 11:30 am Workshop Recording & Materials


MRF Initiative: A Makeover for MROL & FReD

Date Time  
Wed Mar 22, 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Workshop Recording & Materials


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

The CFI workshops are limited to U of T faculty and staff (e.g. Business Officers, Project Managers) currently administering CFI awards. Individuals will be invited to register. If you would like to add your name to the distribution list, please send a request to the contact at the bottom of this page.

The CFI workshops cover the best administrative practices at each stage of the award’s life cycle. To access previous CFI workshop recordings and resources, see Previous STAR Workshop Presentations & Resources.

Explore Previous STAR Workshops

To view all workshops see Previous STAR Workshop Presentations & Resources or view by category below.

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



  • 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

Training & Projects Officer
Portfolio Operations (PO)
(416) 978-7004