Research Community News

Discover the latest news from across the VP Research & Innovation portfolio through our aggregated news and events feed below.

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Get a monthly curated summary of research opportunities, funding and deadlines compiled by the service units of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation portfolio. 

Event Date: Sep 20, 2021

All applicants are invited to submit their Insight Grant materials (both individual modules and full proposals are accepted) for review by or before Monday, September 20th at 9am.

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Are you a community group working with UBC on a shared project? Are you a UBC faculty member, staff or student seeking funding for your community partner?

Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) is a competitive funding program that provides successful recipients at eligible community organizations in British Columbia the funds to build partnerships and pursue shared projects with UBC. Infomation Session Spetmeber 22. Notice of Intent October 14.

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The VPRI has established the Research Facility Support Grants (RFSG) competition to provide funding for the operation, maintenance, replacement, repair or upgrade of equipment to support research.

This competition is open to faculty located at the UBC Vancouver campus and affiliated hospital sites. The RFSGs are one-year grants of up to $50,000 intended to enhance UBC research and training. Apply by October 1, 2021.

Event Date: Oct 25, 2021

The NSERC Alliance grants playbook has been updated to reflect and include the most recent changes to the program, and includes a section on the new National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships. The playbook is available for download on the SPARC NSERC Resources webpage (CWL required).


SPARC is pleased to present this new online resource for the 2021 SSHRC Insight Grant competition.  It can be accessed with your CWL by clicking here. 

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August 13, 2021

The B.C. government is investing nearly $25 million to support 34 post-secondary research projects that will drive innovation and economic growth. They will also help create jobs, protect our biodiversity and environment, and help keep British Columbians healthy and safe.

This includes 26 projects being led by UBC researchers that have been awarded a combined $22.4 million.

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Funding to the Institute will help develop bioproducts to replace single use plastics

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August 11, 2021

UBC researchers received more than $5.7m in funding for 37 projects from the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF).

The JELF awards were announced by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, as part of a larger announcement of more than more than $77 million to support 332 research infrastructure projects at 50 universities across the country.

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CIHR wants to hear your thoughts on the future of peer review and your experiences with the virtual review process to date. Survey closes August 6.

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Following the Government of Canada's new National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships, NSERC Alliance Grant applications with private sector organization partners now require a risk assessment form to be completed by the researcher. 

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Grantholders and administrators may access them by logging into the Management Systems Portal at

Event Date: Jul 26, 2021

Registration is now open SSHRC Insight Grant 2021 Internal Peer Review.

Interested applicants should register online by the deadline of July 26, 2021.  Please note, a draft one page summary of your project is required as part of the registration process. 

Please visit the page below for more information, and to register. 

Internal Review Program for SSHRC Competitions

Event Date: Jul 30, 2021

In support of the NSERC Discovery Grant competition, SPARC will provide reviews of Notifications of Intent to Apply (NOI) from UBC faculty submitting to this year’s competition. Please contact Alexander Unterberger for a review. For UBCO applicants, please contact Denise Maines.

Event Date: Jun 30, 2021
VPRI Unit: Research Ethics

The Offices of Research Ethics on the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses have updated their guidance in anticipation that authorization to resume in-person behavioural research will be fully implemented in the coming months.

Although the safety of research participants continues to be a factor in how research ethics applications are reviewed, the behavioural REBs have eased their requirements in alignment with updates issued by the British Columbia Public Health Officer (PHO) on May...


The SPARC Sample Grant Library has been updated with sample full applications and notifications of intent to apply from the Fall 2020 NSERC Discovery Grant and  Research Tools & Instrument competitions. Sample grants are a valuable resource for applicants preparing for the Fall 2021 NSERC funding competitions.

SPARC would like to recognize the generous contributions from UBC faculty who shared their grants and ask that these sample grants are not distributed beyond the UBC...


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New awards support 85 projects led by UBC researchers funded by the Discovery Grants program and 22 awards through Research Tools and Instruments grants. 

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Funding of $13 million was awarded to new UBC-led projects through SSHRC's Partnership Grants, Partnership Development Grants and Insight Grants programs. 

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Fifteen UBC researchers were appointed as new and renewed Canada Research Chairs in the latest round of appointments announced on June 15, 2021.

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Drs. Abbas Milani and Philippe Tortell will lead training and mentorship programs for teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows in Immersive Technologies and the Pacific Rim Ocean Data Mobilization and Technology

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Two new faculty members of the Computer Science Department have been appointed Canada CIFAR AI Chairs through the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy. Drs. Mijung Park and Danica Sutherland will have the goal of advancing fundamental research and boosting industry innovation in Canada's thriving AI ecosystem.