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: Dec 12, 2022
VPRI Unit: Advanced Research Computing

Results from UBC’s Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) needs assessment survey have been released as a joint report from UBC Library, and UBC Advanced Research Computing (UBC ARC).

The report outlines findings from a survey of over 200 UBC researchers on both campuses undertaken in spring 2021, and reveals three key recommendations on how to support UBC researchers to access appropriate training and services in digital research skills such as data and statistical analysis,...

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

A new partnership in clean energy that builds on a long history of Canada-Germany research cooperation

Event Date: Nov 30, 2022
VPRI Unit: Office of Research Services (news)

TGMS overview The three federal granting agencies, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have embarked on an initiative to modernize their grants management system to better support applicants, administrators and reviewers during the grants management lifecycle.

Event Date: Feb 1, 2023

Interested applicants are asked to email by Friday, January 6th to receive a copy of the institutional support letter template and instructions for confirming internal contributions. This support letter is a mandatory element of the Stage 1 proposal and applicants must work with SPARC to secure a signature.

Applicants are also invited to take part in non-mandatory SPARC review of proposal elements under the following timeline:

By or before Monday, January...

Event Date: Jan 23, 2023

All applicants are invited to submit their Insight Development Grant materials (both individual modules and full proposals are accepted) for review by or before Monday, January 23rd at 9am.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Two UBC researchers have been awarded Outstanding Innovation awards by Mitacs, a national organization that empowers Canadian innovation through effective partnerships that deliver solutions to our most pressing problems.

Event Date: Nov 17, 2022
VPRI Unit: Animal Care and Use Program

Dear investigators and research labs,

Please be advised of our order and delivery schedule for the 2022 holidays. Some service areas including the ACS Business Office and the Training team will be closed or operating at limited capacity during the holiday season.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced an investment of more than $139 million to support 176 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs across 46 institutions in Canada and a further $6m to 29 of the Canada Research Chairs at 22 universities across the country through the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

The 36 UBC-led projects were awarded more than $2 million in combined funding and UBC researchers were named as co-applicants and collabrators on a further 16 projects being led by researchers at other institutions.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Dr. Mel Krajden at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, and professor in UBC's department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, leads the project BOLSTER-3-Pathogen Research: Building Operational Laboratory Strength To Enhance Risk 3 Pathogen Research that was awarded over $4m. This project will modernize one of the containment level 3 labs at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control to focus on SARS-CoV-2, tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant pathogens.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Michael Smith Health Research BC’s Scholar and Research Trainee awards provide funding to support BC’s next generation of health researchers in advancing science and improving the health of British Columbians. Applications are now open for the 2023 competitions. LOIs for each competition due December 5, 2022.

The Scholar awards help BC researchers build leading-edge health research programs, train the next generation of scientists, and make significant contributions to...

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

The Government of Canada has convened an advisory panel on the structure and governance of the federal research support system and is seeking input from the research community.

The panel will provide independent expert policy advice to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and the Minister of Health to ensure that federal support for Canada's academic research enterprise is:

VPRI Unit: Research Ethics

The BREB was recently asked to advise on how researchers could minimize the occurrence of participants who falsify their identities in order to qualify for research. See the attached for a discussion of the issue and for suggested approaches.  

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Award recognizes outstanding Canadian teams of researchers from different disciplines who came together to engage in research drawing on their combined knowledge and skills, and produced a record of excellent achievements in the natural sciences and engineering.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

The VPRI is currently searching for new research advisors in the CIHR, and CFI domains.  

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

RavenSpace, a platform and hub for the publication of Indigenous community-driven works of cultural, educational, and social significance, has been awarded a three-year grant of Cdn$1 million from The Mellon Foundation’s Public Knowledge program. RavenSpace provides digital tools and methods for Indigenous communities and scholars to work together, and with other creators, to achieve their vision for sharing knowledge and stories. It prioritizes Indigenous access and participation...

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Funding will create pathways from research evidence to impact and help ensure that cutting-edge health research can directly improve the health of British Columbians and BC’s health system. 

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

An external review of the program is being carried out to assess its effectiveness in supporting Research Excellence Strategy 6 (Collaborative Clusters) in UBC’s strategic plan.

Event Date: Nov 1, 2022

CIHR is seeking a new Scientific Director for the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH). This is a 4-year term (with the possibility of a second-term appointment), with responsibilities including providing overall direction and leadership for CIHR-IPPH. Deadline for applications is November 1, 2022. For further details, please visit CIHR. Questions can also be directed to: 

Event Date: Nov 18, 2022

The 2023 France Canada Research Fund (FCRF) New Research Collaboration Program is now open. The program promotes partnerships between researchers in Canada and France.

Event Date: Oct 4, 2022
VPRI Unit: Research Ethics

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