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. 

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

On January 19, 2023 the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced a new investment to support one clinical trials consortium, seven training platforms, and 22 research projects. This is Canada’s largest-ever investment in clinical trials.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals, has elected Dr. Rashid Sumaila to the newest class of AAAS Fellows, among the most distinct honours within the global scientific community.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

The University Killam Professorship recognizes exceptional teachers and researchers who are leaders in their fields, and who have received international recognition for their talents and achievements. It is the highest honour UBC can confer on a faculty member. The new University Killam Professors are: Nemy Banthia (Civil Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science), Dominic McIver Lopes (Philosophy, Faculty of Arts) and Natalie Strynadka (Biochemistry & Molecular...

Event Date: Jan 19, 2023
VPRI Unit: Advanced Research Computing

The Digital Research Alliance of Canada (the Alliance) seeks survey feedback to better understand how Canadian researchers would like to use cloud services (i.e., compute and storage) to inform the development of the National Cloud Strategy.

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

UBC ranks second in Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities, 2022

Event Date: Jan 17, 2023
VPRI Unit: Research Ethics

The Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) has released the TCPS 2022 version. Changes include:

new provisions concerning broad consent stem cells and human cell lines multiple site review (until further notice, the current procedures for harmonizing UBC Ethics applications will remain the same)

Updates to BREB and CREB guidance and web links will be made as soon as possible and as needed. In the meantime, please see:

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

January 12, 2023

The Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of two UBC faculty members to the role of faculty research advisors. 

Faculty research advisors serve both campuses and provide strategic guidance, advice and leadership regarding research funding. They work in collaboration with VPRI support units to promote awareness of funding opportunities across all disciplines and to provide support for...

Event Date: Jan 4, 2023
VPRI Unit: Research Ethics

Beginning 2023, the CREB will focus on re-review of applications that were approved prior to 2014.  An ethics re-review to ensure the study meets current ethical requirements, will be undertaken and communicated individually with each PI and primary contact on the study. 

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

Appointees include Drs. Allen Eaves, Paula Gordon, David Ley and Pitman Potter

VPRI Unit: VP Research & Innovation Office

December 19, 2022

The BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) has awarded $3.7 million for 13 research projects being led by researchers at the University of British Columbia.

Event Date: Dec 14, 2022
VPRI Unit: Research Ethics

The Research Ethics offices (Behavioural and Clinical) will be open through December 23rd and will then be closed until Tuesday, January 3rd. There will be limited staff December 22nd and 23rd, so please anticipate some delays in response times.

We wish you an auspicious start to 2023!

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.