The Office of the Vice President Research & International offers a number of research support services and resources, ranging from databases to key faculty appointments.
Use the menu at right to navigate the resources in this section, or click on a link below.
Funding Agency Coordinators
Funding Agency Coordinators are UBC faculty members with a special appointment to the VPRI Office. Their responsiblity is to disseminate information related to a specific federal funding agency (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR or CFI) and to provide support for research and scholarship in each area.
SPARC: Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity
The Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity (SPARC) provides expert support to UBC researchers in all disciplines who seek funding for innovative, team-based research initiatives. Services include Internal Review, strategic grant development workshops, team development, and brokering partnerships with government, industry and consumer groups.
Institutional Programs Office (CFI/BCKDF/WD)
Formerly called the CFI/BCKDF Resource Office, the new Institutional Programs Office provides administrative and strategic support to researchers pursuing major federal, provincial and regional infrastructure awards offered by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) or Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD).
Orientation for New Researchers
As part of its mandate to oversee research infrastructure, the Office of the Vice President Research & International offers an orientation for new researchers that an annual Research Orientation Day and New Faculty Lunches for new and recently recruited faculty members.
Overhead costs -- or operating costs that cannot be attributed to any one unit -- must be factored into research grant applications and contracts. Most grants and agreements must include a 25% overhead recovery charge, but special overhead rates do apply to certain organizations. These rates are listed in an agency-specific overhead rates table.
A number of online tools and resources are available to support faculty researchers and their staff, including:
- Researcher Information Services (RISe)
- Calendar of Funding Deadlines
- Chemical Exchange Database (CED)
- Facilities, Resources and Events Database (FRED)
Postdoctoral Fellows Office
The new Postdoctoral Fellows Office in the Faculty of Graduate Studies has assumed responsibility for stewarding UBC's community of postdoctoral fellows.