Research clusters are interdisciplinary networks of researchers focused on solving key challenges facing society. They enable leading researchers to work closely together as a unit on problems that transcend the traditional boundaries associated with departments, institutions, and funding agencies.
Current research clusters
Clusters involve UBC researchers at all of our campuses and sites, and may involve collaborators across Canada.
Learn more about currently-supported clusters of research excellence based at our two campuses:
Research Cluster support
UBC is committed to supporting the development of clusters of research excellence. Research cluster awards are specifically targeted at catalyzing advanced research initiatives with the expectation that awards will be used to enable the cluster to have more significant impact than otherwise possible.
In order to provide the best localized funding support to clusters, UBC has established distinct, coordinated programs for clusters that are led by researchers at each of its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
The Vice-President Research and Innovation & the Provost and Vice-President Academic have established the Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters (GCRC) competition to provide seed funding in support of developing clusters of research excellence led by researchers at its Vancouver campus.
The Vice-Principal Research Office has established the Eminence competition to fund the development of clusters of research excellence led by researchers at its UBC Okanagan. The Eminence Program is intended to catalyze research and knowledge creation initiatives that will leverage existing strengths and attract further opportunities for growth.