UBC’s Survive and Thrive Applied Research (STAR) initiative utilizes the power of collaborative R&D to solve human performance challenges in extreme environments.

Since its formation in 2014, UBC STAR has catalyzed more than $32 million in R&D investment and maintains specialized research facilities with rapid prototyping, blast and ballistic testing capabilities. The UBC STAR team helps university researchers work with private sector companies and public sector service delivery organizations to advance innovation in the safety and security, health and sport sectors.

From conducting veteran survivor studies to protecting first responders on the front lines of war and disaster, UBC STAR researchers work directly with partners to develop technologies, strategies and standards that save lives and create more resilient communities.