Industry Research


Innovation opens the door to opportunities.

UBC researchers welcome collaboration with people who have a vision or idea they want to explore. From entrepreneurs and growers to those working in small-to-mid-sized organizations, you can submit a project to us for consideration. These projects could encompass sustainable food production, new product development, food security, to ways of improving human and animal health and wellbeing.

Our focus is on ground-breaking innovations that result in adding new knowledge to both our industry partner and to the existing body of research. Through this process, UBC graduate students gain valuable training under the supervision of faculty members.

How industry can work with UBC LFS

  • Research and Development (R&D) Partnerships
    • UBC LFS has a great deal of experience working on R&D projects with organizations. Working together on innovation projects have resulted in specific products or technologies that are now available to consumers.
    • R&D Partnerships could be short-term or run for several years. These often require funding through a third-party, such as MITACS.
  • Fee for Service
    • We can also provide resources – such as consulting services based on research expertise or access to specialized lab equipment – to support your own independent project.
    • To access consulting services, contact a faculty researcher who has the needed expertise. The Associate Dean, Research, and the UBC University Industry Liaison Office would also get involved to discuss the scope of the project, outcomes and funding commitments. To see a list of faculty members and their expertise, visit the faculty directory.
    • To access specialized lab equipment, view descriptions of the labs available in the Food, Nutrition and Health Building at UBC Vancouver campus. Labs in these categories are available for rent: Food, Nutrition and Health (for clinical nutrition, culinary and sensory research), and Food Safety and Quality (pilot plant facility).

Connect with us

  • Contact our researchers directly for exploratory discussions about potential projects. For a directory of Land and Food Systems researchers and a link to their research areas, click here.
  • Submit a project proposal to UBC’s Food Processing Engineering Lab if you are interested in new and innovative food processing technologies. Dr. Anubhav Pratap-Singh and his researchers conduct studies in a wide variety of fields related to food and beverage processing.
  • For general inquiries:
    • Our LFS development team can help connect you to the most appropriate LFS researcher(s). Contact Zoë Campbell, LFS Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Engagement ( | 604 827-5556).

Coming soon! Centre for Food Innovation

  • The Food and Beverage Innovation Centre (FBIC) is under construction! Located across from the current Food, Nutrition and Health Building, it is slated to open for business in early 2024. The FBIC will support B.C. food and beverage companies, and members of the BC Food Hub Network, access new technology, shared resources and ideas to grow their businesses. We invite you to visit the FBIC website to learn more and sign up for updates.

Interested in other partnerships?

  • Train your employees in the fundamentals of food safety through LFS’s Micro-certificate in Food Safety Management. Courses are flexible, online and offered jointly with BCIT. Learn more.
  • Get involved with our undergraduate students through community projects, hiring and mentoring. Visit Industry Partnerships for more information.