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

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

The 2021 STAR workshop series will be paused for July and August.  Check back in the fall for a new schedule!


Research Administration Processes: The Impact of COVID-19

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


Research Procurement Updates

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


Internal Audit: Understanding Research Expenditure Compliance

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


Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration Review - One Year Later

Date Time  
Wed May 12, 2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Closed


Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration - Apply Your Knowledge to Real-World Scenarios

Date Time  
Thurs May 13, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am Closed


My Research Applications and Agreements (MRA) Renewal Initiative

Date Time  
Mon June 28, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 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.  Save the date for these upcoming CFI Workshops: 

  • CFI Workshop Part 1: Post-award Management, Thursday, April 8, 2021, 10:30 am -12:00 pm
  • CFI Workshop Part 2: Fair Market Value, Wednesday, May 26, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Forms & Downloads

You can view previous presentations and download 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