Recent + Ongoing Initiatives

Recent and ongoing initiatives of the VPRI can be found below.

ADVANCED RESEARCH COMPUTING

UBC has significant strengths across many disciplines that utilize advanced, high performance computing, ‘big data,’ and data science.  

In order to support an environment of research excellence, UBC is developing a strategic collaborative approach to address the exponential growth in advanced research computing and its digital infrastructure requirements.  

The initiative aims to broaden institutional scientific and technical support in the areas of data processing and management, networking, storage, security and privacy across many advanced research computing domains in the basic, applied and social sciences. This will include imaging, economics, health sciences and genomics, tool development, and digital humanities.   

ARC was launched as a unit within the portfolio in the fall of 2015.

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COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH

Community-based research is socially relevant research that recognizes the importance of engaging with different communities through trust-based partnerships to achieve shared goals.

UBC's community-based research initiative builds on the core pillars of research excellence and community engagement and can play a significant role in creating new learning opportunities for students. 

The initiative aims to build a shared understanding of principles, create a connected network of practitioners, and raise awareness and recognition of the value of community-based research.

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research facility support grants

The Vice-President, Research established the Research Facility Support Grants (RFSG) competition to provide funding for the operation, maintenance, repairs or upgrades of equipment used in UBC facilities to support science and engineering research.

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UBC CENTENNIAL EMERGING RESEARCH WORKSHOPS

As part of its Centennial celebration, UBC hosted a series of Emerging Research Workshops in the spring of 2016. Presented in partnership with the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the workshops brought together researchers from around the world to focus on three areas in which UBC is emerging as a potential global leader: Indigenous studies (February), water management (March), and epigenetics (April).

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