Province funds largest-ever number of UBCO research endeavours

BCKDF announces nearly $2.8 million for 23 innovative projects

The British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) has announced funding for 23 research projects at UBCO, the largest number of provincially funded projects in campus history.

With a total amount of $2,777,618, the funding supports infrastructure for projects across the entire UBCO research spectrum, including health, natural sciences, engineering, and the social sciences and humanities.

This innovative work is helping solve problems and make a difference in our region and our world by investigating areas like clean technology, social justice, mental health, concussion, stroke recovery and wildfire management.

“We are grateful to the BC government for their strong show of support for our work and our researchers,” said Phil Barker, UBCO vice-principal of research and innovation. “These types of groundbreaking projects cannot take place without strong partnerships, and we will continue to partner to strengthen our research and find solutions to some of society’s most pressing issues.”

BCKDF also announced funding in support of 55 research projects at UBC Vancouver. In total, 120 projects were funded across eight universities in British Columbia.

“We are fortunate to have world-class talent at many of our post-secondary institutions,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “By providing funding for new infrastructure through the BC Knowledge Development Fund, our researchers are able to acquire new state-of-the-art equipment that will help people and industry be future ready.”

Read the province’s full announcement here.

UBC Okanagan projects

  1. Advanced MRI Hardware Laboratory led by Rebecca Feldman (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics).
  2. Advanced Co-Located Mobile Interaction Laboratory led by Mohammad Khalad Hasan (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics).
  3. Mining and Verifying Specification of Complex Software Systems led by Apurva Narayan (School of Engineering).
  4. Development of Crack-Resistant High Strength Aluminium Alloys for Laser Metal Deposition led by Michael Benoit (School of Engineering).
  5. Investigating Parent-Adolescent Dynamics in the Emotion Dynamics Lab led by Jessica Lougheed (Psychology).
  6. Site/ation Studio: Indigenous Land as Art led by Tania Willard (Creative Studies).
  7. Toward Autonomy and Resilience of Control Systems Using an Industry 4.0 Platform led by Ahmad Al-Dabbagh (School of Engineering).
  8. Patient Oriented Health Economics Research Laboratory led by Jennifer Davis (Management).
  9. Investigating the Mechanobiology of Diseases at the Single-Molecule Level led by Isaac Li (Chemistry).
  10. Multifunctional borylenes for metal- and boron-mediated reactions led by Conor Pranckevicius (Chemistry).
  11. Laboratory for Emerging-research in Aerial Visual Extended Surveillance led by Mohamed Shehata (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics).
  12. Critical Future Studio/Lab led by Megan Smith (Creative Studies).
  13. Sonic Production, Intelligence, Research, and Applications Lab (SPIRAL) led by Miles Thorogood (Creative Studies).
  14. Earth observation and Spatial Ecology Lab led by Mathieu Bourbonnais (Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences).
  15. DARE | Digital Archaeology Research Environment Lab led by Neha Gupta (Community, Culture and Global Studies).
  16. The Canadian Arcminute Resolution Magnetoionic Medium Survey (CARMIMS) led by Alex Hill (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics).
  17. Basic and applied investigations of motor imagery to promote recovery after stroke led by Sarah Kraeutner (Psychology).
  18. Quantitative Ecology Laboratory with a Focus on Animal Conservation led by Michael Noonan (Biology).
  19. Truth and Trust Lab: A Request for Observational, Physiological, and Social Judgment Research Infrastructure led by Leanne Ten Brinke (Psychology).
  20. Ultrafast laser system for terahertz development in food applications led by Christopher Collier (School of Engineering).
  21. Laboratory of Next Generation Video Surveillance for Environmental Monitoring led by Shan Du (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics).
  22. Microfabrication for next-generation thin film solar cells led by Ian Foulds and Alexander Uhl (School of Engineering) .
  23. Next-generation pulmonary in vitro 3D models to unravel the role of cell-cell and multiorgan crosstalk in lung disease led by Emmanuel Osei (Biology).