Compliance + Reporting

Funding for research projects may require compliance with agency and legal requirements, as well as ongoing reporting requirements.

As the University is legally responsible for the conduct of research and the management of funds awarded by external agencies, it has established policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the regulations of the research sponsor, proper management of funds, accountability to funding agencies and other University stakeholders and the effective conduct of research activities according to the highest standards of professionalism, safety and ethics.


Before the ORS can establish a research account, called a Project Grant (PG), and you receive your funding, a number of compliance requirements may need to be met. ORS must ensure that your research – and by extension, UBC – is compliant with the requirements of the funding agency and the law. These requirements include completing a Conflict of Interest/Conflict of Commitment declaration as well as obtaining compliance certification for research involving human subjects, animals, biohazardous materials, chemicals, radioactive materials, and environmental impacts.


Post-award, many funding agencies require ongoing reporting to ensure that project expenditures and activities continue to meet their requirements.

The Principal Investigator is responsible for a number of financial reporting and monitoring activities once a research grant has been awarded. Please contact Research Finance for questions regarding PI responsibilities.

Post-Award Financial Reporting

Once your research account has been set up by ORS, UBC Research Finance (RF) will be responsible for ongoing financial administration, including financial reporting and revenue collection.

Find out more about issues such as reporting to agencies.