Research Facility Support Grants

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 2019 competition closed on March 15, 2019.

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.
2019 Competition Details