Advisory Council of The Vice Rector’s Office for Research (COVI, for its acronym in Spanish)

The Advisory Council of the Vice Rector’s Office of Research (COVI) is ruled by articles N°. 55, 56, 57 and 59 of the Organic Statute of the University of Costa Rica and the article N°. 12 of the Regulation of Research of the University of Costa Rica approved by the University Council in session N°. 5972, article 2, March 17th, 2016.


The objectives of COVI are the following:
  • To evaluate and approve the registration, closure and suspension of proposals for research support activities submitted by the Vice Rector, aimed to stimulate, promote and strengthen research management processes.
  • To create, merge or eliminate research support units through a study that includes academic and financial aspects that allow to determine the institutional convenience of creating the new unit or modify existing structures. The decision to create, merge or eliminate must be ratified by the Rector through the respective resolution.
  • To ratify the appointment of the people who are part of the advisory councils, scientific councils and research commissions. At the moment of creation of a research unit, the appointment of the first Director is carried out by UCR’s University Council.
  • To analyze the regulatory proposals of research institutes and centers, experimental stations, special research units and research support units and evaluate them to comply with the university regulations before submitting them for approval and promulgation by the Rector.
  • To appoint the person representing the Vice Rector’s Office of Research on the advisory council of research centers, experimental stations, and special research units, when applicable.




Dra. María Laura Arias Echandi

Vice Rector for Research

Dr. José Ángel Vargas Vargas

Vice Rector for Teaching

Dra. Marisol Gutiérrez Rojas

Vice Rector for Social Action

MTI. Henry Lizano Mora

Director Computer Science Center

Dr. Víctor Schmidt Díaz

Director of INII (Engineering Area)

Dr. Olman Quirós Madrigal

Dean of Postgraduate Studies System (SEP, for its acronym in Spanish)

Dr. Gustavo Chan Mora

Director of IIJ (Social Sciences Area)

Dra. Patricia Fumero Vargas

Director of IIARTE (Arts and Letters Area)

Dra. Rosaura Romero Chacón

Dean of Faculty of Sciences (Basic Sciences Area)

Dra. Carolina Santamaría Ulloa

Director of INISA (Health Area)

Dr. Víctor Jiménez García

Director of IIA (Agri-Food Sciences Area)

Dra. Georgina Morera Quesada

Director of Sede del Sur (South Campus) (Regional Campuses Area)



Gabriela Chacón Zamora

Position: Secretary, COVI: from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (506) 2511-4201