About Us

The Office of Research oversees a $186 million research enterprise across seven colleges, our regional campus at Ridgetown, 15 research stations and the University of Guelph/Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs partnership. We are committed to supporting the research programs of University of Guelph faculty across all disciplines.

From the three founding Colleges: the Ontario Veterinary College (1862), the Ontario Agricultural College (1874) and the MacDonald Institute (1903), the University of Guelph, established in 1964, has grown to be one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities. Dedicated faculty and staff are at work making communities, environment, food and health better.

Meet the Interim Vice-President (Research)

A profile of Dr. Rene Van Acker, Interim Vice-President (Research).

Strategic Research Plan

The University of Guelph’s Strategic Research Plan (SRP) promotes and advances research strengths on which the University has built its reputation for quality and innovation. The plan reflects the university’s strategy framework themes: catalyzing discovery and change, connecting communities, inspiring learning and inquiry, stewarding valued resources and nurturing a distinctive university culture.

Mission Statement

Learn about our vision and our mission, both from an overall perspective and from our individual units.

Services and Divisions

Find or learn about the several unique services and divisions that make up the Office of Research.


Become familiar with the members who sit on several committees that help oversee and guide research at the University.

Forms, Policies, Guidelines, and Procedures

All of our documents (forms, policies, guidelines, etc.) that you may need in one central location.

Office of Research Staff List

Looking to contact one of our staff members?  You'll find their information here.