Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative: Research Seed Funding for UBC Researchers

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.

Successful 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)
2018 Competition Details