Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters

Fostering collaboration is a central priority in UBC’s new strategic plan (Shaping UBC’s Next Century). The Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters (GCRC) competition was jointly created by the Vice-President, Research & Innovation and the Provost & Vice-President, Academic to enable the formation and growth of interdisciplinary research excellence clusters.

For the purposes of this funding competition, a research excellence cluster is defined as a network of researchers spanning multiple disciplines at UBC who form and nurture interdisciplinary teams that foster partnerships and collaborations, develop new research questions/directions/themes in research creation, address key societal and cultural problems, and work together to solve challenges that transcend traditional boundaries.  These 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. Researchers from all disciplines are invited to apply for funding. Additional support is available to humanities scholars.

GCRC competitions are open to clusters led by researchers at our Vancouver campus. Clusters led by researchers at our Okanagan campus can apply for funding through the Eminence program


The next GCRC competition, for funding starting in April 2022, will launch in September 2021. We anticipate a notice of intent deadline of November 1, 2021 and a full application deadline of January 12, 2022. Full details will be posted at the launch of the new competition.

2021/22 Competition Details