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VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Dr. Pieter Cullis, a professor in UBC’s department of biochemistry and molecular biology, has been awarded the inaugural VinFuture Grand Prize alongside peers Drs. Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman. The award recognizes the trio’s work on mRNA technology that paved the way for effective COVID-19 vaccines.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

UBC researchers are leading one NFRF Transformation Stream project awarded $24 million. 22 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at UBC were announced and are being supported by an investment of over $20m. The announcement also includes awards of approximately 400 scholarships and fellowships to UBC students and postdoctoral fellows with a value of more than $18m.

Event Date: Mar 11, 2021
VPRI Unit: SPARC

SPARC, in collaboration with UBC faculty, has produced a new video -- NSERC CREATE Information Webinar and Strategic Discussion (CWL protected).

Applicants interested in submitting to the NSERC CREATE competition should consult this video. Included in this presentation is an outline of the competition, strategic advice, details on the mandatory internal selection process, and a discussion with a UBC faculty member who serves on the NSERC CREATE selection committee.

Event Date: Jan 17, 2022
VPRI Unit: SPARC

SSHRC’s Partnership Grant Stage 1 competition requires applicants to include a one page “Host organization involvement” module in the form of a “letter of engagement…written on official letterhead and signed by appropriate officials”. This letter “should explain any plans for involvement by the host institution in supporting the partnership”, including cash and/or in-kind support from departments and faculties within the host institution.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Appointees include Drs. Pieter Cullis, Connie Eaves, Donald McKenzie, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Walter Hardy, Curtis Suttle and Peter Zandstra.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

On December 9, 2021, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $13.7 million in 89 new COVID-19 research projects across the country.

Four projects led by UBC Researchers were awarded more than $0.5 million to focus on understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, youth and families.

The Government of Canada is providing funding for the research through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The Michael Smith...

Event Date: Jan 14, 2022
VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

UBC is one of 17 Canadian post-secondary institutions participating in a pilot of the federal Dimensions program, which seeks to identify and eliminate systemic obstacles and inequities for marginalized and under-represented people in research.

The UBC Dimensions project team has performed an in-depth assessment of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the university’s research-related systems, practices and culture, including a comprehensive environmental scan of UBC’s EDI-...

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Michael Smith Health Research BC announced funding for 15 projects through its Health Professional-Investigator Program.

The Health Professional-Investigator Program helps close the gap between health research and its implementation. HP-I awards are dedicated to support health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to conduct and apply research relevant to health and/or the health system to ultimately improve health outcomes in BC and beyond.

Event Date: Feb 24, 2021
VPRI Unit: SPARC

SPARC's sample grant library has been updated with new NSERC CREATE Letters of Intent and Full Applications. Applicants to the competition can consult these new sample grants and ones from previous competitions when preparing their own applications. Please visit the sample grant library here (CWL access required).

Event Date: Dec 8, 2021
VPRI Unit: SPARC

SPARC is pleased to announce the following support services available for applicants to the 2022 SSHRC Partnership Grant Stage 1 competition.  In addition to the optional services below, SPARC will also facilitate the mandatory Institutional Support Letter.  Please contact danica.kell@ubc.ca as soon as possible for details and deadlines.

Event Date: Dec 8, 2021
VPRI Unit: SPARC

Test Your Concept (TYC) sessions give applicants an opportunity to briefly present project plans and receive early feedback from and experienced panel prior to competition deadlines.  This year, our panel consists of Lisa Sundstrom, SSH RA and Professor in the Department of Political Science (PI of a SSHRC PDG), and Ben Mortenson, Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (Project Director of a SSHRC PG).

Contact Danica Kell to book your...

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Forty-one IDG projects and six PEG projects are led by UBC reseachers

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Award received on behalf of OceanCanada partnership.

Event Date: Oct 18, 2021
VPRI Unit: Research Ethics

The annual Clinical Research Ethics Symposium took place over two days in October and attracted around 90 attendees to each of three sessions. To watch the recorded sessions, go to: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ8i2T1UQ5OO09GLqMd1D9PxwmhnIGkyS.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Two major federal research programs announced new funding rounds earlier this week: the Canada First Research Excellence Fund and the Canada Excellence Research Chairs.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

https://publichumanities.ubc.ca/events/public-scholarship-series/informe...

 

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

A critical partnership linking three leading research organizations has been renewed for a third five-year term, an important milestone for a Max Planck Society-partnered collaboration.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

November 25, 2021

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, today announced a joint investment of $20 million to support new diabetes research teams across Canada.

Event Date: Feb 16, 2022
VPRI Unit: SPARC

SPARC in collaboration with UBC applicants has developed a new resource - a guide to completing the Partner Organization Form for partner organizations. The guide can be accessed in the NSERC Resources webpage of the SPARC website (CWL-protected) and can be freely shared with partner organizations.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Dr. Pieter Cullis is a recipient of the 2021 Prince Mahidol Award in recognition of his pioneering work on lipid nanoparticles (LNP), which has been critical to the development of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and other life-saving medicines.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Award is in recognition of innovative contributions to the fields of wood science, chemical and biological engineering.

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