Research Funding Statistics

UBC attracts $700-million in research funding from government, industry and non-profit partners.

2020/21
Research Funding Summary

Important Note: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic makes it difficult to determine meaningful comparative funding trends. While some regular funding competitions were delayed or otherwise impacted, other new COVID-19 funding competitions and significant funding supports were provided. We are aware that all disciplines and funding sectors were impacted differently, and that the longer-term impact of the pandemic on funding patterns will not be fully realized for a number of years.  

Overall totals were significantly impacted by  government and Tri-Agency funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund was responsible for $54.4m of the 2020/21 total, while Tri-Agency COVID-19 supplements for existing projects accounted for a further $17.0m.

UBC researchers also attracted an estimated $38.1m in funding through new opportunities offered by various sponsors for COVID-19 research. (These projects were identified based on project title or funding competition references to COVID-19 or related terms.)

In 2020/21, a record number of 10,116 projects were supported, with a combined budget of $759.1M, also a historic high.

2020/21 saw new highs in:

  • Total funding: $759.1M
  • The number of projects: 10,116
  • The value of Tri-Agency funding*: $270.0M
  • The value of other government funding $259.1M

*CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC & New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF)

TOTAL FUNDING

$759,097,529        
10,116 projects

TRI-Agency FUNDING

$269,982,609
3,234 projects

OTHER GOVERNMENT FUNDING

$259,089,657 
2,529 projects

NON-PROFIT FUNDING

$167,825,211
3,000 projects

Industry research funding

$62,2000,051
1,353 projects

All data are frozen year-end figures, provided by the Office of Research Services

Detailed 2020/21 report

UBC Okanagan RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS (2020)

 

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