Collaborative Research Mobility Awards

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

Current Competitions

  1. UBC-O & UBC-V campuses 
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  2. Cascadia Engagement Fund - UBC & the University of Washington 
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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 are invited from all research disciplines.

Award Process

Researchers are invited to submit a proposal (up to 2 pages) that includes:

  • a description of the research area, including an identification of researchers in the area at UBCV and UBCO;
  • a description of project goals for starting or strengthening a collaboration, such as enabling the development of a new interdisciplinary research cluster, accessing infrastructure available at the other campus, or initiating a large-scale grant proposal; and
  • a detailed budget including a description of the activities.
Funding Details

A total funding envelope of $100,000 is available for this pilot competition, with the expectation that several applications will be funded. The funding cap per proposal is $10,000. Funding will be released to successful applications immediately as a single payment and must be spent within one year of award receipt. Funding cannot be used for the direct costs of research. This funding competition is one-time and cannot be renewed. Successful applicants will be required to submit a report on the activities undertaken within one year of receiving the award.

Applications will be accepted from all departments on both campuses. Awards must be led by an individual who is eligible to hold research grants at UBC.

Submission and Selection Process

Applications for this pilot funding call should be submitted electronically as a PDF to the VPRI office central web portal by end of day February 21, 2018. An internal panel will review applications and make decisions based on merit and an assessment of seed funding impact will be used to develop a leading research team. Specific assessment criteria include:

  • Objective measures of research excellence in the project area(s) at UBCO and UBCV;
  • Ability for proposed activities to catalyze collaboration, such as supporting new granting opportunities or utilizing shared infrastructure; and
  • Potential for the collaboration to have a transformative impact on UBC and its communities.

Questions should be directed to Kyle Demes [kyle.demes@ubc.ca], 604-827-2379.

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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 are invited from all research disciplines.

Award Summary

Applications must have a lead principal application from UBC with secured and identified collaborators from the University of Washington.

Researchers are invited to submit a proposal (up to 3 pages) that includes:

  • a description of the research themes to be developed,
  • a description of the existing strength in the research themes at UBC and UW,
  • a description of the planned activities to foster collaboration,
  • an articulation of the goals of the research cluster,
  • a description of proposed follow-on funding possibilities to grow the cluster from this seed investment, and
  • a detailed budget.

For the purposes of this competition, a described cluster may be disciplinary or interdisciplinary. 

Funding Details

A total funding envelope of $100,000 is available for this competition, with the expectation that several applications will be funded. The cap of funding per proposal will be $20,000. Funding will be released all at once and must be spent within a year of award receipt. Funding can be spent on activities undertaken at UBC or travel between UBC and UW — direct costs of research will not be eligible for these funds. This funding competition is opportunistic and there will not be an opportunity for renewal in subsequent years. Successful applicants will be required to submit a report on the activities undertaken at the end of the year.

Applications will be accepted from all departments on both UBC campuses, but must be led by an individual who is eligible to hold research grants at UBC.

Submission and Selection Process

Applications for this funding call should be submitted electronically as a PDF by end of day February 21, 2018. An internal panel will review applications and make decisions based on merit and the ability to demonstrate how seed funds will be used to develop a leading research team. Specific assessment criteria include:

  • Leveraging of the funding to attract further funding opportunities;
  • Evidence of objectives measures of research excellence in the area(s) at UBC and UW; and
  • Potential for the collaboration to have a transformative impact on UBC and the Cascadia Corridor.

Questions should be directed to Kyle Demes [kyle.demes@ubc.ca], 604-827-2379.

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