Research Facility Support Grants

Call for Proposals for Research Facility Support Grants (RFSG) - March 15, 2019 deadline

RFSG Competition

The Vice-President Research & Innovation has 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 research. The RFSGs are one-year grants of up to $50,000 intended to enhance the research that can be conducted at UBC. Eligible expenses include:

  • Materials, supplies, and minor upgrades essential to the operation and maintenance of the equipment.                                              
  • Bridge funding for salaries of technical and professional research support staff employed to operate and maintain the facility and provide assistance to users. The need and justification for any bridge funding should be clearly described, including the nature and timing of currently held and potential future funding.

Researchers located on the UBC Vancouver campus and affiliated hospital sites are invited to submit a proposal (up to a maximum of two pages free-form) along with the lead applicant’s CV. Using quantitative metrics when appropriate, the proposal should describe:

  • The research supported by the RFSG;
  • The use of the facility by the research community;
  • Past and planned contribution of the facility to the training of highly qualified personnel;
  • A budget and justification for the requested funds, including an explanation of any previous attempts to obtain funding elsewhere. 


Researchers located on the UBC Vancouver campus and affiliated hospital sites are eligible to apply. RFSGs are intended to support research groups (minimum of 3) funded primarily by NSERC, CIHR, and/or SSHRC. To be eligible for this funding opportunity:

  • The lead applicant must currently hold or have held Tri-Council funding in the past 5 years;
  • The facility must not currently have other significant resources at its disposal. For example, a CFI facility with more than 20% left in its IOF would be considered ineligible; a large group of well-funded scientists would need to demonstrate the need for extra support.
  • The facility must not be obsolete or unsupported.

Award details

A total funding envelope of $500,000 is available for this competition, with the expectation that several applications will be funded with a cap of $50,000 per application. Successful applicants will be notified by April 10, and funds will be distributed shortly thereafter. Awards must be spent by March 31, 2020.  

Submission Processes

Applications for this funding call and lead applicant’s CV should be submitted online as a single PDF (proposal first, CV second) to the VPRI by the end of day, March 15, 2019.

Submission portal

Assessment Criteria

Specific assessment criteria for the RFSG are:

  • Demonstrated need for support of the facility for the research programs;
  • Evidence of research excellence directly supported by the infrastructure. Please restrict evidence to the past 5 years only;
  • Use of the facility by the UBC research community. Include usage statistics and/or other metrics as appropriate;
  • Evidence of high-quality training supported by the infrastructure.

Questions should be directed to the Manager, Internal Research Competitions, Stacey Herzer (, 604-827-2379.


Feb 7, 2019
Competition launch

March 15, 2019, 11:59 pm
Proposals due

Week of April 8, 2019
Panel meeting, notifications

March 31, 2020
All funds must be spent


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