Research Excellence Clusters

Research clusters are interdisciplinary networks of researchers focused on solving key challenges facing society that transcend the traditional boundaries associated with departments, institutions, and funding agencies.

We are working with the Office of the Provost and VP Academic to support cluster development by engaging with the research community to:

  • identify clusters of research excellence,
  • engage with clusters in strategic planning, and
  • provide, when possible, seed funds for catalytic activities needed to attract further opportunities for growth. 

The Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters competitions are available for clusters led by researchers at our Vancouver campus. 

This work is enabled in part by UBC's Academic Excellence Funds.

Clusters involve UBC researchers at all of our campuses and sites and may involve collaborators across Canada.

Learn more about funded research excellence clusters based at our two campuses:

Vancouver   |   Okanagan

Research Cluster support

UBC is committed to supporting the development of clusters of research excellence. Research cluster awards are specifically targeted at catalyzing advanced research initiatives with the expectation that awards will be used to enable the cluster to have more significant impact than otherwise possible.

In order to provide the best localized funding support to clusters, UBC has established distinct, coordinated programs for clusters that are led by researchers at each of its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

Vancouver Campus

The Vice-President, Research & Innovation and the Provost & Vice-President, Academic have established the Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters (GCRC) competition to provide seed funding in support of developing clusters of research excellence led by researchers at its Vancouver campus. 

Learn more about Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters

Okanagan Campus

The Vice-Principal Research Office has established the Eminence competition to fund the development of clusters of research excellence led by researchers at its UBC Okanagan. The Eminence Program is intended to catalyze research and knowledge creation initiatives that will leverage existing strengths and attract further opportunities for growth.

Learn more about the Eminence Program