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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. 

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

February 2, 2024

A total of 46 projects led by UBC researchers were awarded $31.3 million in combined funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Grant: Fall 2023 competition.

Event Date: Apr 25, 2024
VPRI Unit: SPARC

CIHR is seeking new Institute Advisory Board (IAB) members. Terms for these positions are up to three years and may be reappointed for a second term of up to three years, for a maximum of six consecutive years of service on any one IAB.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

January 16, 2024

The Federal Government today released the new Policy on Sensitive Technology Research and Affiliations of Concern, which will impact researchers making new applications for funding through the federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) and CFI.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

UBC Faculties are invited to propose Tier II Canada Research Chairs based on their robust plans for recruiting or retaining leading disabled scholars.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Appointees include the Honourable Steven Lewis Point, and Drs. Morris Barer and Deborah Money.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Michael Smith Health Research BC (MSHRBC) has announced the recipients of the 2023 Convening & Collaborating (C2) and Reach competitions to 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. 

These collaborative teams consisting of researchers, health professionals, trainees, and research users, are investigating research areas that address BC health...

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Dr. Andrew Martindale is recognized with the Connection Award for his interdisciplinary and collaborative work with Indigenous communities on legal systems and rights, as well as his application of geoarchaeology for the location of unmarked graves in efforts to locate missing children from Indian Residential Schools.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

November 23, 2023

Two UBC researchers have been awarded Commercialization and Exceptional Leadership awards by Mitacs. The Mitacs Awards celebrate Canada’s top talent — students, professors and business owners who are driving research and development and a thriving Canadian economy through their partnership with Mitacs and participation in Mitacs-funded programs.

 

Mitacs Award for Commercialization: Matthew Mitchell

 

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Dr. Kayla King has been appointed as the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Evolutionary Dynamics of Host-Pathogen Interactions, while Dr. Isla Myers-Smith was named the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Global Change Ecology of Northern Ecosystems. Dr. Corey Stephenson, who will be joining UBC in June 2024, will hold the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Innovative Synthetic Methods for Translational Chemistry. 

Event Date: Nov 2, 2023
VPRI Unit: Research Ethics

As of November 1, 2023, the option to create a Renewal with Amendment will no longer be accepted by the UBC CREB. Any PAAs for Renewal with Amendment submitted on or after November 1 will be sent back with a request to inactivate the PAA, and submit a separate PAA for both the renewal and amendment. The option for the Renewal with Amendment PAA will be removed from RISe mid-December 2023.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Award recognizes of outstanding contributions to the advancement and accessibility of machine learning.

Event Date: Jan 2, 2024
VPRI Unit: SPARC

New templates/resources are now available for UBC researchers who are applying to CIHR Strategic competitions, such as Team and Operating Grants, as well as some Catalyst Grants. These new templates/resources include: 

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

A total of seven projects led by UBC researchers were awarded a combined $1.5 million in funding

Event Date: Oct 12, 2023
VPRI Unit: Advanced Research Computing

The Alliance has two competitions that can help you access resources needed to conduct your research.

The competitions opened on September 26 and have a final deadline to apply of November 7, 2023.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

UBC is embarking on a search for the next Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, UBC Okanagan, to provide strategic direction and oversight for research at our Okanagan campus. If you wish to inform the search process, please visit: https://www.boyden.com/brief/vice-principal-research-and-innovation-univ... survey will be open until October 27, 2023, and all responses will be confidential.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

The distinction honours Canadians whose outstanding leadership and contributions to medicine and the health sciences have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. Dr. Cullis, a professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at UBC, is recognized for developing the lipid nanoparticle delivery technology that enables mRNA vaccines, such as the highly effective COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, and other next-generation gene therapies.

Event Date: Nov 21, 2023
VPRI Unit: SPARC

CIHR’s Operating Grant: Clinical Trials Projects competition requires applicants to include a Letter of Indirect Costs. For UBC applicants who are planning to apply to this competition, please contact Flora To-Miles, ideally before November 3, for a letter template.

Event Date: Jan 8, 2024
VPRI Unit: SPARC

New resources will soon be available for UBC researchers who are applying to CIHR Strategic competitions. Examples of these resources include: 

Patient Engagement Plan Applicant Conflict of Interest Document  Knowledge Mobilization and Dissemination Plan SGBA Statement Participant Table Capacity Building Plan Data Management Plan Governance Plan  

Event Date: Nov 8, 2023
VPRI Unit: SPARC

SPARC is providing proposal reviews of UBC faculty-led CIHR Team Grants this fall. These reviews are provided on a case-by-case basis, so please contact SPARC (flora.to-miles@ubc.ca), ideally at least 3 weeks in advance of the competition deadline so we can plan for capacity accordingly (see our Team Grants page for support details).

These Fall 2023 Team Grants include:

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Funding includes 26 awards to UBC research trainees to support health research at UBC and its affiliated health research institutions.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Suzanne Richardson and Fred Woo have been awarded the President’s Staff Award for Collaborative Excellence for their work as the management team for the Animal Care, Biosafety, Radiation Safety, and Chemical Safety Committees. 

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