Research Operations

About Research Operations

Back in the day when the entire University was on a first-name basis, support for researchers was perhaps sparse, but at least you knew who to talk to. Steady growth, and particularly the spike in project and external funding complexity over the past 10 years, have led to a steady series of incremental research support hires across this now very diverse institution.

It's now very hard to navigate.

"Research Operations" was a concept born out of faculty feedback from sessions in 2015. Definitely not a new unit, RO refers to all aspects of research support, in much the same way that "SFU Innovates" is intended to 'wrap' innovation.

As Executive Director I report directly to the VPR and work closely with the AVPR.  My prime directive is to provide better service to faculty. Period.

Units Reporting:

  • Research Services
  • Research Ethics
  • Industry Engagement
  • Major Projects
  • 4D Labs (operations)
  • Imagetech Lab (operations)
  • Post-Award Support Team (under development)

I deal with:

  • New support initiatives
  • Issues that cross boundaries
  • Critical or time-sensitive problems
  • New systems
  • Overhead negotiations
  • Policy development
  • Engaging directly with individual faculty and departments.

Contact Us

Executive Director

Trevor Davis, PhD
Phone: 778.782.4522


Discovery 2, Room 230
8900 Nelson Way
Burnaby, BC  V5A 4W9

Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Mailing Address

Simon Fraser University
Research Operations
Discovery 2, Room 230
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC  V5A 1S6