UBC and UCLA Collaborative Research Mobility Awards

The offices of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation and the Provost & Vice-President, Academic at UBC and the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities at UCLA are partnering to provide pilot funding to catalyze and foster deeper linkages between the two universities through the development of collaborative research opportunities.

This pilot fund will support activities to establish or enrich interdisciplinary research between faculty at the two institutions, with preference given to collaborations based in the social sciences, humanities, creative and/or performing arts. Activities funded under this program might include project coordination and grant writing, joint-workshops, and research meetings. The expectation is that activities could lead to leveraged funding, joint scholarly/research outputs, and enhanced collaborative training.


All teams must have two lead PIs, one from UBC and one from UCLA. One of the PIs must be chosen as the nominated principal investigator for the team, and the team will submit a single application to the nominated principal investigator’s institutional submission portal. Nominated principal investigators from UBC must be eligible to hold research grants. The competition is open to UBC faculty members from both Vancouver and Okanagan, and to all academic appointments at UCLA (including senate and non-senate faculty members, academic administrators, and lecturers). Interdisciplinary research is encouraged and priority will be given to teams that involve faculty members in the social sciences, humanities, and/or creative and performing arts.

Award Details:

The UBC funding envelope will be $100,000 with a maximum value for each grant of $20,000 CAD. Funding will be awarded in one instalment to the nominated principal investigator and must be spent within one year of receipt of the award decision. Funds may be used to support travel between UBC and UCLA and events/activities undertaken at UBC and/or UCLA. Direct costs of research, faculty salaries, and overhead are not eligible expenses.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a brief report within 2 months of the end of the 1-year funding term summarizing the work completed, outcomes, and whether the award has led (or will lead) to opportunities including leveraged funding or joint research collaborations.

Proposal Submission Process:

Nominated Principal Investigators are invited to apply through their institutional submission portal. Each application is required to have a completed budget / justification template and a 1,000-word proposal.

The proposal must include:

  • a description of areas of interdisciplinary research activities to be developed or advanced
  • a description of the existing UCLA/UBC team strengths in the proposed research areas
  • a description of team members’ roles in the planned activities
  • a description of how the proposed activities will advance collaborative interdisciplinary research between the two institutions
  • a detailed budget and proposed start date (ideally no later than June 1, 2020)

UBC Submission Portal


UBC-led proposals must be submitted through the UBC submission portal by Monday, February 3, 2020 at 5 p.m. UCLA led proposals should be submitted here. Successful applicants will be notified in early March.

Review Process:

An interdisciplinary peer-review panel will review applications and make decisions based on merit and the ability to demonstrate how seed funds will be used to catalyze future research between the two institutions. Specific assessment criteria include:

  • Ability of the proposed activities to catalyze interdisciplinary research collaborations between the two institutions
  • Excellence of the scholarship of the teams
  • Clarity and feasibility of the work plan
  • Potential for the collaborations to lead to leveraged funding or joint research outputs

UBC questions should be directed to Stacey Herzer [stacey.herzer@ubc.ca], 604-827-2379.

UCLA questions should be directed to Laurel Grzesik [lgresik@conet.ucla.edu], 310-825-3340.

Q1. Can funds be used for faculty salaries/stipends or direct research costs?
Q2. Are UBC adjunct professors eligible to lead?
Q3. Can researchers participate in more than one application?
Q4. Can a team submit their application to both institutions?
Q5. Does the program support joint educational activities such as courses or curricular development?
Q6. Can student researchers be hired/supported by the funds?