Proposal Support (SPARC)

Support for submitting high-quality, competitive funding applications is also available through the Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity (SPARC) office.

SPARC offers support services ranging from confidential one-on-one grant consultation and coordinating internal peer review of proposals, to leading the development of multi-partner team and institutional grants.

SPARC’s free and confidential services are available to all UBC faculty members at all campuses and locations.

Partnership Development

SPARC provides strategic project management expertise to enable cohesive team-building and the preparation of competitive applications for major funding opportunities.

Internal Review

UBC researchers can gain a competitive edge in grant competitions by participating in SPARC’s internal review program, offered for several Tri-Council funding programs. SPARC connects researchers across disciplines, organizational units and locations to provide an expert peer review that mimics formal multi-disciplinary review panels. 


SPARC offers strategic grant writing and development workshops year-round that provide up-to-date information, proposal management and development strategies, and direct access to successful UBC investigators for specific funding programs.


SPARC offers a variety of resources to new and experienced faculty members at UBC and the affiliated teaching hospitals, including a sample grants library and program-specific information and presentation materials.

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