Collaborative Research Mobility Awards

These awards are intended to build or strengthen collaborative research partnerships by enabling researchers to move between campuses or institutions. 

recent Competitions

  1. UBC-O & UBC-V campuses
  2. Cascadia Engagement Fund - UBC & the University of Washington


UBC-O & UBC-V campuses

UBC has two main distinctive, yet complementary campuses: UBC Okanagan and UBC Vancouver. The distance between the two campuses can make starting and sustaining collaborations and accessing infrastructure challenging. To help bridge the gap, the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation are providing Collaborative Research Mobility Awards to increase connections between the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. 

This initiative will provide funding for researchers to access unique infrastructure or to build collaborations with researchers at the other campus. The funding may be used to support travel between the two campuses, to provide living expenses for a UBC student(s) or postdoctoral fellow(s) for a period of time at the other campus or to host a workshop involving UBC researchers at both campuses. 

 Applications for this competition are now closed.

2018 Funding Recipients

An interdisciplinary panel of reviewers reviewed the 29 applications received for the competition, totaling $267,000 in requests. The panel ultimately selected 14 for funding, totaling $100,000 in funded proposals.

Successful Proposals: 

  • Family Engagement in Long-term Residential Care: A Cross-Campus Research Collaboration (PI: Jennifer Baumbusch)
  • Youth mental health, identity, and intervention: A collaborative initiative (PI: Shelly Ben-David)
  • Transforming women's health through research and collaboration: A provincial research strategy (PI: Lori Brotto)
  • UBC Network for Wine Grape Research (PI: Simone Castellarin)
  • Cross-cutting UBC collaboration supporting healthy aging in adults with chronic conditions (PI: Jennifer Davis)
  • Blockchain@UBC CRMA (PI: Chen Feng)
  • Strengthening Cross-Campus Relationships to Develop Novel Treatment Strategies for Cardiovascular Disease in Sleep Apnea (PI: Glen Foster)
  • Expanding CHES Frontiers to UBC Okanagan and the Southern Medical Program (PI: Cheryl Holmes)
  • UBC Wine Research – A Dual-Campus Centre (PI: Murray Isman)
  • Diabetes, Obesity, Nutrition, and Exercise (PI: Jonathan Little)
  • Improving self-management and reducing distress in diabetes: Integrating Community Health Worker Models in the Primary Care Setting (PI: Lesley Lutes)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury in Marginalized Populations: Connecting the Dots (PI: Paul Van Donkelaar)
  • Research Cluster in Workplace Mistreatment (PI: David Walker)
  • Development of an Antimicrobial Therapy for Colorectal Carcinoma (PI: Kirsten Wolthers)
2018 Competition Details


cascadia engagement fund - UBC and the University of Washington

The University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Washington (UW) share many similar characteristics:

  • both are public research-intensive educational institutions
  • both undertake globally-excellent research
  • both provide leading educational experiences
  • both are located in the Cascadia region, only a few hours apart

Over the last year and a half, various organizations within the Cascadia region have been recognizing the value in building deeper connections within the region. Many of these activities have focused on growing innovation activities in the corridor, such as the recently announced  accelerator network.

Many faculty members at UBC have links to faculty at UW. To help foster deeper linkages and collaborations, the President and the Vice-President Research and Innovation are partnering to provide a pilot fund to enable the development of research collaborations between the two universities. This pilot fund will support activities intended to enrich collaborations with UW, such as intensive workshops on focused topics involving faculty from both institutions. The expectation is that the results of the activities will lead to further development of a research cluster through other grant opportunities, such as UBC’s Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters, UBCO Eminence Program, and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, as well as outside agencies.

Applications for this competition are now closed.

2018 Funding Recipients

An interdisciplinary panel reviewed the 31 applications received for the competition, totaling $560,000 in requests. The panel ultimately selected 7 for funding, totaling $100,000 in funded proposals.

Successful Proposals: 

  • Building a UBC-UW research cluster to address the social determinants of nutrition and health (PI: Annalijn Conklin)
  • Social-Cognitive Development Collaborative Mobility Proposal (PI: Kiley Hamlin)
  • Understanding Impacts of Precarious Employment on Worker Health (PI: Mieke Koehoorn)
  • Reducing the catastrophic risk of a Cascadia megathrust earthquake (PI: Carlos Molina Hutt)
  • Citizenship Across Borders: UBC-UW Dementia Collaborative for Supporting Social Citizenship (PI: Alison Phinney)
  • Connecting South Asian and Himalayan Research Communities Across Cascadia (PI: Sara Shneiderman)
  • Columbia River Field Course (PI: John Wagner)
2018 Competition Details