The Institutional Programs Office provides administrative and strategic support to researchers pursuing major infrastructure awards:
- Federal: Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
- Provincial: BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF)
- Regional: Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)
- internal review of funding applications to CFI, BCKDF and WD;
- post-award workshops to successful applicants describing funding agencies guidelines and the process of getting funding;
- financial reporting on behalf of grant holders to funding agencies;
- support for addressing audit issues on behalf of grant holders; and
- financial and strategic support to selected units within the VP Research & Innovation portfolio
CFI funds research infrastructure including state-of-the-art equipment, buildings, laboratories, and databases required to conduct research.
CFI awards typically fund up to 40% of a project’s infrastructure costs.
CFI applicants at UBC must also apply to the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund, which can provide matching funds of up to 40% of the CFI project's budget.
Project Leaders must then raise the remaining 20% from eligible contributors including:
- Institutional funds, trust funds, or foundations
- Federal departments and agencies (but not Tri-council - CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC)
- Provincial and Municipal departments and agencies
- Private sector firms and corporations
- Volunteer organizations and individuals
UBC’s appointed delegate to CFI is Dr. Leonard Foster, who works closely with researchers in the CFI faculties to disseminate current information and develop initiatives to provide support for research and scholarship. Dr. Christine Humphries provides similar support at the Okanagan campus.
UBC's Strategic Research Summary for CFI infrastructure operating funds
(this document is for CFI reporting purposes only and should not be confused with the UBC Research Strategy).
A department of the Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) promotes the development and diversification of the economy of Western Canada and advances the interests of the West in national economic policy.
This mandate is delivered primarily through grants and contributions programs that enable the department to contribute strongly to the productivity and competitiveness of the West.
This is achieved through collaboration with partners including the private sector, other levels of government, academic and financial institutions, as well as research centres, to maximize investment in Western Canada and create alternative sources of funding for commercial ventures.