The Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative (CUAC) seeks to build collaborations between UBC and University of Washington (UW) researchers that address data-intensive issues related to urban sustainability, public health, resilience, and city management.
At UBC, the Vice-President Research and Innovation is helping to facilitate the establishment of research programs in this area. This competition is soliciting proposals from UBC researchers for seed grants up to $25,000
Please note - the deadline for submissions to this competition has now passed.
The Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative (CUAC) was launched in early 2017 from a generous donation provided by Microsoft to further grow research collaborations between UBC and the University of Washington. From meetings held between UBC and UW researchers in urban analytics, four research themes in which each institution has strengths have emerged: transportation, housing, public health, and law, with subsequent communications sharpening the focus of these collaborations.
The purpose of UBC’s 2018 CUAC competition is to advance partnerships related to the four themes that involve researchers from UBC who are pursuing a project with an urban partner that also has synergies with urban analytics projects at the University of Washington.
2018 Funding recipients
An interdisciplinary panel reviewed the 8 applications received for the competition, totaling $185,000 in requests. The panel ultimately selected 5 for funding, totaling $100,000 in funded proposals.
- Web Data Extraction and Mining to Help Cities Understand the Impacts of New Mobility Services (PI: Alex Bigazzi)
- Mapping small-area life expectancy in Vancouver and Seattle (PI: Michael Brauer)
- HEALTHY cities: How Environments And Local Transport impact Health thru data analYitics (PI: Leanne Currie)
- Data analytic strategies for understanding and improving urban air quality and health in Cascadia (PI: Amanda Giang)
- GREEN HEALTH EXPLORER: Towards a data integration platform for health, greenspace, and climate resilience planning across Cascadia (PI: Stephen Sheppard)
UBC researchers are invited to submit a proposal (up to a maximum of 3 pages single-spaced) showing how the requested seed funding will be used to create and/or advance an urban analytic collaboration with counterparts at UW. Seed funding may be used for the direct costs of research. Priority will be given to proposals with matching funds; Mitacs matching may be possible for these funds.
Applications should clearly:
- describe the research topic, specific question(s) and team members from UBC. Proposals should explain how the project is synergistic with projects at UW;
- describe the nature of existing interactions among team members and provide evidence that the collaboration harnesses research excellence from UBC and UW;
- mention whether there are existing connections with UW and whether an application is also planned from UBC investigators to the Collaborative Research Mobility award program;
- describe data sets that will be used as part of the analytics-based research,
- reference any existing outside funding that has been received so far, new outside funding opportunities that will be pursued, and why the proposed project should be competitive;
- a summary budget and timeline.
Additional items that might be included:
- discuss possible ancillary policy benefits of the proposed research, either to the public, to city government staff, or to non-government organizations;
- pinpoint any existing or proposed partnerships with city government in either Metro Vancouver or Metro Seattle;
- cite any recent technical advances the proposed research can take advantage of and how it can lead to new approaches in computer science, engineering, math, or statistics.
In this competition, we invite applications from any UBC researcher who is eligible to hold funding at UBC.
A total funding envelope of C$100K is available, with anticipated individual grants of up to C$25K.
Successful applications will be notified and funds will be distributed by end of February 2018. Funding must be spent within a year of award receipt.
SUBMISSION AND SELECTION PROCESSES
Applications for this funding call must be submitted as a PDF document below by end of day February 19, 2018.
An inter-disciplinary panel will review applications and make decisions based on merit and the ability to demonstrate how seed funds will build UBC’s urban analytics capacity; strengthen ties with University of Washington, with city governments, and with Microsoft; and lead to proposals for additional external funding.
Specific assessment criteria include:
- Presence or potential for deepening collaborations with UW researchers and outside partners;
- Significance of the results for urban partners and the research community;
- Possible replicability of results in other locations;
- Eligibility for immediate match and potential to attract additional outside funding.
- Research teams’ track records (e.g., publications, supervised students, grants, etc.) and demonstrated evidence that seed funding harnesses research excellence at UW and UBC
For further information about this competition or CUAC, contact Jonathan Fink, Visiting Professor of Urban Analytics (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Raymond Ng, Director of UBCs Data Science Institute (email@example.com).
Submissions are now closed