The University of Ottawa is committed to research excellence and innovation. Research centres and institutes provide valuable platforms for the exchange of ideas among researchers, both within and across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Knowledge creation and transmission within these collaborative environments fuels advances in research and innovation, while providing a common point of focus for researchers and students.
The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (OVPRI) invites teams of interdisciplinary and multifaculty researchers to submit a letter of intent if they wish to establish a research centre or institute as designated by the University, and to receive annual funding from the OVPRI for its operations. Funding is conditional on a satisfactory report that must be submitted once every two years to the OVPRI.
- A research centre is a multi-faculty and interdisciplinary unit whose main objective is to foster research excellence through its activities and to support knowledge mobilization activities.
A research institute is a multi-faculty and interdisciplinary unit whose main purpose is to foster research excellence through its activities and to support knowledge mobilization activities, while engaging in training activities (e.g., development and implementation of interdisciplinary study programs, professional development programs, internship opportunities in collaboration with partner organizations, mini-courses, etc.).