Amber Hanson

Communications Manager

Research & Innovation Office (VPRI)
Office: ADM006H
Phone: 250.807.8035
Email: amber.hanson@ubc.ca


 

Awards for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarly Activity

 

Dear colleagues,

Each year, we recognize the achievements of faculty and student researchers who have made significant contributions to research and creative scholarly activity at UBC Okanagan. Please join me in congratulating this year’s outstanding awardees, who will be honoured at a special online awards celebration on May 6, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

 


2021 Faculty Researchers of the Year

 

JULIAN CHENG | NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING

Professor Julian Cheng is an expert in digital communications and signal processing. He is a global leader in optical and radio frequency (RF) wireless communication and optical technology research. Dr. Cheng invented a new indoor optical wireless location technique that substantially improves receiver accuracy and will have significant applications in refined control of robot movement. His research has advanced multiple access techniques and beyond 5G wireless technologies and has applications in machine and deep learning, quantum communications and blockchain technology.

 


ERIC LI Social Sciences and Humanities

Associate Professor Eric Li is a catalyst for social innovation and knowledge translation. His research focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers, non-profit organizations and local government to address complex social issues. Dr. Li’s community-based research has resulted in regional impacts in food insecurity, poverty, urban densification, rural community building, and rural health promotion. He was recently awarded Principal’s Research Chair (Tier 2) in Social Innovation for Health Equity and Food Security and is co-lead of the Rural Health Equity Cluster.

 


JONATHAN LITTLE | Health

Associate Professor Jonathan Little is a leading researcher in nutrition and targeted exercise interventions for type 2 diabetes with a focus on reducing and reversing the disease. He collaborates closely with community and healthcare partners and his broad spectrum of research techniques includes metabolic measurement and advanced cellular and molecular analyses. Dr. Little co-leads the Airborne Disease Transmission Research Cluster, a cross-campus research team working to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses in healthcare settings.

 

 


2021 Student Researcher of the Year

michelle st. pierre | PhD candidate

Michelle St. Pierre has made significant research breakthroughs in substance use and mental health with a focus on cannabis and psychedelic use and harm reduction. She has received international media attention for her research on cannabinoid-based analgesics and pain sensitivity and has been featured as a national  expert on cannabis policy. She has published in leading pharmacology, complimentary medicine, psychiatry, and psychology journals and founded the UBC Okanagan chapter of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

 


EVENT DETAILS:

Date:    Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Time:    4:00 p.m.
RSVP:   Register below to join our online celebration. All are welcome.

RSVP TO JOIN

*Once registered, you will receive a confirmation with a personalized link to join the Zoom webinar.


 

Sincerely,

Phil Barker
Vice-Principal and Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation
University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus

 

UBCO Announces Four New Principal’s Research Chairholders

UBC Okanagan is pleased to announce the second cohort of appointments under the Principal’s Research Chairs (PRC) program.

Deans submitted nominations for the second PRC call in December 2020, which were jointly reviewed by the Provost and Vice-President Academic and the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation in January 2021.  We are pleased to announce that four UBCO faculty have been designated Principal’s Research Chairholders by Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

 

2021 Principal’s Research Chairholders

Tier Chair Title Recipient Faculty/School Stream Effective
Tier 1 Cerebrovascular Physiology in Health, Exercise and Disease Prof. Phil Ainslie School of Health and Exercise Sciences Retention April 2021
Tier 1 Resilient and Green Infrastructure Prof. Shahria Alam School of Engineering Retention April 2021
Tier 2 Social Innovation for Health Equity and Food Security Assoc. Prof. Eric Li Faculty of Management Retention April 2021
Tier 2 Energy Storage Technology Asst. Prof. Jian Liu School of Engineering Retention April 2021

These new appointments are evidence of the importance and quality of research on our campus. We anticipate that the research findings and creative scholarly activities of these outstanding researchers will translate into tangible benefits to our region and global society.

 

2021 PRC Recruitment Allocations:

Three additional PRC positions have been allocated to enable new recruitments.

Tier Chair Title Recipient Faculty/School Stream Start Date
Tier 1 Computational Chemistry TBD Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Attraction by Dec 15, 2021
Tier 2 Watershed Science TBD Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science Attraction by Dec 15, 2021
Tier 1 Women in Engineering TBD School of Engineering Attraction by Dec 15, 2021


About the PRC Program:


The Principal’s Research Chairs (PRC) program provides internal funding support for top-tier researchers engaged in outstanding research or creative scholarship.

Supported by the UBC Okanagan Excellence Fund, the goals of the PRC program are to:

  • Enable recruitment of outstanding new faculty
  • Retain top researchers
  • Promote research intensification
  • Generate international recognition of research achievements

The requirements of the PRC program are aligned with the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) program criteria and recipients of the award are appointed to a renewable five-year term.

View Chairholders


Contact:


Should you have questions regarding the Principal’s Research Chairs (PRC) or Canada Research Chairs (CRC) programs, please contact Christine Humphries.

 

Best regards,

Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan

Philip Barker
Vice-Principal and Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation, UBC Okanagan


Today, we announced the 2020 call for nominations for UBC Okanagan’s Principal’s Research Chair (PRC) program, which supports the recruitment of outstanding new faculty and retention of our top research scholars who are, or have the potential to be, leaders in building and intensifying world-renowned research at UBCO.

The PRC program has two streams:

  1. Attraction: aimed at recruiting top caliber faculty members to UBCO; and
  2. Retention: aimed at retaining excellent faculty members at UBCO.

Full program details, including eligibility guidelines, evaluation criteria, and competition deadlines are available here.


Key Dates:

  • Nomination deadline: Dec. 8, 2020 (4:00 pm)
  • PRC allocations confirmed: January 14, 2021
  • Funding available: April 1, 2021 (for retention stream);
    prior to December 15, 2021 (for attraction stream)
  • Recruitment deadline: December 15, 2021

Program Terms:

The requirements of the PRC program generally align with the federal Tier 1 and Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) and include considerations for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

2020 PROGRAM TERMS


Application Guidelines:

Nominations must be submitted by deans for consideration.

Deans may submit multiple requests for Principal’s Research Chair allocations but are required to rank their attraction and retention nominations.

Application packages, including a ranked list of nominations from a faculty (if applicable), must be submitted to vpresearch.ok@ubc.ca by December 8, 2020.


Contact:

Should you have questions regarding the program, please contact: Christine Humphries.


 

UBC researchers across a range of domains are addressing the many aspects of COVID-19 and its impacts. Learn how UBCO research expertise is being put to use to protect Canadians.


  1. Anti-fouling anti-fogging face shields utilizing liquid-like omniphobic coatings for COVID-19 healthcare providers (Kevin Golovin, Engineering)
  2. Back to Basics: A Sustainable Response to COVID-19 (Eric Li, Management)
  3. Building Resilient Rural Communities: Understanding the Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 (Nelly Oelke, Nursing)
  4. Capturing the Anticipated/Unanticipated Consequences of COVID-19 and COVID-19 Prevention, Management Strategies (Donna Kurtz, Nursing)
  5. Care Dental: Impact of an Airborne Infection Isolation Standard HVAC System (Jonathan Little, Health and Exercise Sciences)
  6. Challenges and Technology Use among Rural Community Residents during COVID-19 Pandemic (Kathy Rush, Nursing)
  7. COACH for COVID: A student-delivered Community Outreach telehealth program for COVID education and Health care Brodie Sakakibara, Southern Medical Program)
  8. Confidential Virtual Addiction Treatment for Healthcare Workers (Lesley Lutes and Zachary Walsh, Psychology)
  9. COVID-19 Impact on Travel Demand and Transportation System (Mahmudur Fatmi, Engineering)
  10. COVID-19: Developing Korean Canadians’ Civic Engagement Strategies in the COVID-19 Era (Kyong Yoon, Cultural Studies)
  11. COVID-19: Identifying and Addressing the Needs of Ontarians with Disabilities (Kathleen Martin Ginis, Health and Exercise Sciences)
  12. Design, characterization and manufacture of sustainable filtration masks from medical-grade lignin and cellulose to combat COVID-19 (Abbas Milani and Frank Ko, Engineering)
  13. Development of a fluorescent-based serological testing for COVID-19 (Ian Foulds, Engineering)
  14. Development of Airborne COVID-19 Isolation and Elimination Device (Sunny Li, Engineering)
  15. Development of low-cost, compact fibre optic O2 and CO2 gas sensors for COVID-19 applications of portable metabolic analyzers (Kenneth Chau, Engineering)
  16. Early Detection of COVID-19 through Artificial Intelligence (Philip Ainslie, Health and Exercise Sciences)
  17. ELECTRA platform: Electrochemical-based Aptasensor for early detection of COVID-19 (Mina Hoorfar, Engineering)
  18. Going Digital during COVID-19 and beyond: Expanding the Reach of an Effective Diabetes Prevention Program through a National YMCA Platform to Enhance Accessibility (Mary Jung, Health and Exercise Sciences)
  19. Kootenay Boundary Virtual Health Use (Kathy Rush, Nursing)
  20. KT Methods Cluster-Consensus Methods Phase 2B: Project 2 (Nelly Oelke, Nursing; Heather Gainforth, Health and Exercise Sciences; Katrina Plamondon, Nursing)
  21. Magnetic levitation system for culture-independent virus isolation from biological and environmental samples (Sepideh Pakpour, Engineering)
  22. PCR lab-on-chip system for rapid and sensitive identification of SARS-CoV-2 infected case (Sepideh Pakpour and and Mina Hoorfar, Engineering)
  23. MCN Post-Doc Research; Better Serving People with Multiple, Complex Needs in BC through Health System Impact (Rachelle Hole, Social Work)
  24. Mobile Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) System for Ventilators (COVID-19) (Jian Liu, Engineering)
  25. Nav-CARE: Max Bell: Volunteer navigation partnerships: A compassionate community approach to care (Barbara Pesut)
  26. Optimal Use of Utility Infrastructure for Residential Communities: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 (Shahria Alam, Engineering)
  27. Parent Discharge Experiences – COVID-19 Related Protocol Changes: Discharge Experiences of Parents of Children Living with a Complex Medical Condition (Lise Olsen, Nursing)
  28. Response to COVID-19 in the Homelessness Sector and Impact on Service Providers and Users (John Graham, Social Work)
  29. Self-Disinfecting TiO2 Coating to Enable Antibacterial, Antiviral and Reusable Facemasks (COVID-19) (Jian Liu, Engineering)
  30. Smart and Low-Cost Face-Shields Capable of Protection, Prevention and Detection for Essential Workers Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic (Mohammad Zarifi, Engineering)
  31. Social & Economic Impact (SE-Impact) on Tenure Track Faculty: a Canadian Perspective on COVID-19 (Jennifer Davis, Management)
  32. Strategies to Relieve Suffering at End-of-Life (STRS-EOL) (Barbara Pesut, Nursing)
  33. The Outreach Project: COVID-19 Adaptation (Paul van Donkelaar, Health and Exercise Sciences)
  34. Venous Thrombosis Virtual Surveillance in COVID (VVIRTUOSO) (Donna Kurtz, Nursing)
  35. Volunteer navigation partnerships: A compassionate community approach to care (Barbara Pesut, Nursing)

UBC COVID-19 Research Website  Submit a Profile/Project

UBC researchers show resilience during global pandemic

 

 

While the past several months have been undeniably challenging, UBC researchers are doing their best to adapt to new ways of doing things, mitigating disruptions to their work, and leveraging opportunities to expand their research programs and support student trainees.

“COVID-19 has disrupted everything we do but the campus research community has displayed remarkable resilience”, according to associate vice-principal, research, Paul van Donkelaar, who has been central to ensuring UBCO researchers have the swift and safe access to the campus resources and remote support they need to manage their research programs during the pandemic.

We recently asked Paul for an update on the research resumption plan and his outlook for the 2020/21 academic year.


“The campus research community has displayed remarkable resilience.”


Q: Despite the pandemic, research is ongoing, it just looks a little different. Can you give us a snapshot of what’s happening on and off campus from a research perspective?

PVD: In mid-March, we curtailed on-campus research activity and reduced lab-based activities to essential COVID-19 related research, time-sensitive data collection, and critical maintenance activities. We approved over 30 research exemption applications, which permitted upwards of 50 researchers and trainees to be on campus during the initial COVID-19 planning phase.

In June, the Resumption Planning & Coordination Committee (RPCC) began approving faculty and administrative unit parent plans and associated safe work plans to help researchers, support staff and essential service units get back to work (a list of approved parent plans can be found here).

Today, it’s estimated that about 20 percent of our research, scholarly, and creative activity is taking place on campus with the remainder occurring from home, in the field, or at community partner sites. That means approximately 200 faculty members and student trainees are back in their labs and research spaces on campus, operating with safety as their top priority.

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies was among the first to get its scholars back on campus, alongside the School of Engineering. Access to specialized equipment, studio spaces and in-progress projects were undoubtedly a key driver.

Other faculties and departments, like the Faculty of Management and some of the Humanities disciplines, have been quick to adapt and continue to do much of their scholarly work remotely. Access to library archives, services and support, including virtual consultations with subject librarians, contactless curbside pick-up, and a live chat portal, has made a huge difference to these researchers.


Q: How have we adapted since the pandemic started to ensure research continuity?

PVD:  No question, it was easier to stop than start. Getting researchers back on campus required complex planning and coordination but I actually think we were well-positioned to get the restart plans approved efficiently once we had our process in place. A key to this was having Campus Operations and Risk Management involved from the very beginning, which allowed us to implement an integrated, one-step approval process.

Another one of our top priorities was to ensure student trainees nearing graduation were not adversely affected by the research curtailment. We had to rethink, in an extreme way, how we do things and make the necessary changes and accommodations to keep UBCO’s research enterprise functioning as smoothly as possible. For example, supervisory committees have been incredibly accommodating in terms of allowing graduate trainees to move forward with online thesis defences. Externally, grant-funding agencies have also adapted by moving to online review panels and providing supplemental funding to support research trainees and staff.


Q: What does the next phase of expanded on-campus research activity and scholarship look like?

PVD:  The end of summer and early fall has seen an increasing number of researchers on campus for a wide variety of projects. One challenge during this time has been how best to safely restart face-to-face human participant research.

For example, the Faculty of Health and Social Development and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences are currently working towards implementing safety protocols that would enable this work to resume in the present COVID context, but it remains to be seen what the response rates will be. Recruitment for research studies will inevitably be influenced by public confidence in the systems we put in place.

Following this, I suspect it will be status quo until a vaccine is in place and provincial health authorities have lifted the physical distancing requirements currently in place.


Q: How has your own work been impacted by the pandemic and what advice would you offer new faculty joining the UBCO research community?

PVD:  I would say one of the biggest challenges has been onboarding new team members. We recently filled our Research Development Officer position for the health portfolio, which has been vacant for some time, and had to conduct the entire process virtually.

I also have new trainees joining my lab whom I have not had the opportunity to meet face-to-face yet. There’s no replacement for getting to know someone in-person but we can’t give up on finding opportunities for connection.

We hosted our annual Research Orientation Day online this year, for the first time ever, and the response from new faculty seeking opportunities for connection was overwhelming. My advice to new faculty would be to reach out to us in the VPRI office. We’re here to support you and can help you get to know your way around.

So, even though the pandemic has significantly impacted every aspect of life, the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of UBCO’s campus has helped us navigate new territory and persevere during these unprecedented times.

Professor Abbas Milani from the School of Engineering was recently named as a new member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership.

Seven UBC faculty were elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada and two, including Prof. Milani, were named as new members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

The 2020 Fellows and incoming class of Members will be welcomed into the RSC at a celebration in November 2020.

New Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Abbas S. Milani

Professor, School of Engineering; Director, Materials and Manufacturing Research Institute

Abbas S. Milani is a leading expert in modeling, simulation, and multicriteria optimization of advanced composite/biocomposite materials and their manufacturing processes. His interdisciplinary work links theoretical concepts to real-world applications, thereby enabling innovations for industry across Canada in manufacturing high-quality and cost-effective products. He is a Killam Laureate and the founding Director of the Materials and Manufacturing Research Institute at UBC. He has authored over 300 publications, including five books.

Citation courtesy of the Royal Society of Canada.

READ THE RSC RELEASE  See all UBC recipients

New research funding will help equip public, private and not-for-profit organizations to respond to challenges posed by pandemic

Two UBCO researchers are leading projects awarded through the SSHRC 2020-2021 Partnership Engage Grants COVID-19 Special Initiative.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced an investment of over $4 million in funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) Partnership Engage Grants, to support 172 projects and almost 600 researchers working with businesses and community partners from across Canada. These grants provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making in the public, private or not-for-profit sector.

In response to the early phases of the pandemic crisis, the latest Partnership Engage Grants competition included a special call to address COVID-19-related research. Over $3 million of the investment announced will directly support 139 projects addressing this call.

Seven projects led by UBC researchers are receiving $174k through Partnership Engage Grants COVID-19 Special Initiative Grants.

READ THE SSHRC ANNOUNCEMENT


COVID-19 SPECIAL INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP ENGAGE GRANTS

UBCO-LED PROJECTS

COVID-19: DEVELOPING KOREAN CANADIANS’ CIVIC ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES IN THE COVID-19 ERA
Applicant: Kyong Yoon (Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies)
Partner: Okanagan Korean Culture & Knowledge
$24,870 (1 year)


COVID-19: GOING DIGITAL DURING COVID-19 AND BEYOND: EXPANDING THE REACH OF AN EFFECTIVE DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM THROUGH A NATIONAL YMCA PLATFORM TO ENHANCE ACCESSIBILITY
Applicant: Mary Jung (School of Health and Exercise Sciences)
Partner: YMCA of Greater Vancouver
$25,000 (1 year)

FULL LIST OF AWARDEES, PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS

MSFHR recently named 20 exceptional BC-based health researchers as 2020 Scholar award recipients in areas ranging from health equity to early dysphagia detection and osteoarthritis prevention. Among them were four UBCO faculty members.

The MSFHR Scholar Program is designed to support early career researchers as they establish independent research careers, form their own research teams and develop research programs that advance cutting-edge health solutions.

UBCO awardS:


Primary Investigator: Thuy Dang

Plant based anticancer drugs – from discovery to final products

Plants are endowed with biological catalysts (enzymes) that make natural drugs used to treat various human illnesses. Among these, the Chinese happy tree (Camptotheca acuminata) produces the anticancer drug camptothecin.

Although camptothecin is readily convertible to the more potent drugs topotecan (Hycamtin) and irinotecan (Camptosar), this requires chemical synthesis steps which rely on toxic chemicals and petroleum-based resources.

Read more


Primary Investigator: Jennifer Davis

Adding Quality Years to Later Life via Innovative Health Economics Research Methods

My career goal is to improve the health and quality of life of older Canadians through applying innovative health economic methods to lifestyle interventions among older adults at risk of falls as well as cognitive and functional decline.

I propose a multi-disciplinary research program that advances health economic methods for clinical research studies. Theme 1 of my research program will advance health economic evaluation methodology by answering the question: “Can artificial intelligence combat current methods limitations of economic evaluation?”

Read more


Primary Investigator: Isaac Li

Molecular Tools for Monitoring and Controlling the Mechanobiology of Diseases

Cells in our body are constantly engaged in physical interactions. They stick together, squeeze through each other, and each possesses a primitive sense of touch. These physical interactions are crucial in processes that control how we grew from a single cell into a complex organism and how they function. In diseases from cancer to neurodegeneration to chronic inflammation, these mechanical regulatory mechanisms are interrupted or impaired, causing cells to lose control and wreak havoc in our body.

Read more


Primary Investigator: Katrina Plamondon

Advancing Health Equity Action

The trajectories of people’s lives are often shaped by things that fall outside of their control, having more to do with unearned disadvantages than with their own behaviours or biology.

Despite solid evidence and practical policy solutions, systematic differences in health and health outcomes persist both within and between countries. Evidence shows the distribution of power, resources, and wealth along social gradients are causes of these inequities.

Read more

CFI JOHN R. EVANS LEADERS FUND FOR EQUIPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

The Government of Canada, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), announced a $96-million investment in research infrastructure across Canada through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). CFI’s investment supports 377 new research infrastructure projects at 55 institutions Canada-wide. The investment includes more than $22M under their Infrastructure Operating Fund.

This includes $10.61M for 41 state-of-the-art UBC labs and equipment, including $1.4M awarded to six UBCO researchers.

CFI ANNOUNCEMENT

(August 18, 2020)


An additional $1.3M in matching funds from the BC Knowledge Discovery Fund (BCKDF) have been received.

UBCO PROJECTS

Establishment of the Mucin Glycobiology Laboratory at UBC
Kirk Bergstrom, Biology
$154,000 CFI  ($154,000 matching BCKDF funds received)

Center for Transportation and Land Use Research (CeTLUR)
Mahmudur Fatmi, Civil Engineering
$106,729 ($106,729 matching BCKDF funds received)

Infrastructure to Advance Extracellular Vesicle Biology & Technology
Mina Hoorfar, Electrical/Mechanical Engineering
$800,000 ($800,000 matching BCKDF funds received)

(Re)Media Interdisciplinary Research Infrastructure and Program
Emily Murphy, Digital Humanities
$122,165 (matching BCKDF funds – still pending)

The Stroke Management and eHealth Innovation Laboratory
Brodie Sakakibara, Chronic Disease and Prevention
$85,534 ($85,534 matching BCKDF funds received)

Solution-processed Thin Film Semiconductors for Photovoltaic and Photoelectrochemical Applications
Alexander Uhl, Electrical/Mechanical Engineering
$160,000 ($160,000 matching BCKDF funds received)

SEE UBC ALL AWARDS

UBCO Announces Five New Principal’s Research Chairholders


UBC Okanagan is pleased to announce the first five appointments under its Principal’s Research Chairs (PRC) Program.

The Principal’s Research Chairs (PRC) program provides internal funding support for top-tier researchers engaged in outstanding research or creative scholarship.

Supported by the UBC Okanagan Excellence Fund, the goals of the PRC program are to:

  • Enable recruitment of outstanding new faculty
  • Retain top researchers
  • Promote research intensification
  • Generate international recognition of research achievements

Last November, Deans submitted applications for PRC allocations. Submissions were reviewed jointly by the Provost and Vice-President Academic and the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation and the following appointments were approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

2020 Principal’s Research Chairholders


Tier Chair Title Recipient Faculty Effective
Tier 1 Indigenous Reconciliation in Engineering Assoc. Prof. Ian Foulds School of Engineering April 2020
Tier 1 Palliative and End-of-Life Care Prof. Barbara Pesut Faculty of Health and Social Development April 2020
Tier 2 Blockchain-Empowered Digital Technology Asst. Prof. Chen Feng School of Engineering April 2020
Tier 2 Digital Arts and Humanities Assoc. Prof. Karis Shearer Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies April 2020
Tier 2 Manufacturing Engineering Asst. Prof. Ahmad Al-Dabbagh School of Engineering Sept 2020

 

The requirements of the PRC program are aligned with the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) program criteria and recipients of the award are appointed to a renewable five-year term.

Update on Canada Research Chair (CRC) Allocations


On June 14, 2019, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an investment of over $275 million for 346 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 52 institutions across Canada for research excellence.

UBC currently holds 205 Canada Research Chairs. UBCO was recently allocated four new Canada Research Chair (CRC) positions, bringing the UBCO CRC cohort to nine.

As with the Principal’s Research Chairholders, CRCs will demonstrate excellence in research and scholarship, be beneficiaries of Federal Tri-Agency (NSERCCIHR, SSHRC) and other external research funding support, and make substantive contributions to research leadership and the development of graduate and postdoctoral training programs within their respective disciplines.

These new allocations and appointments are evidence of the importance and quality of research on our campus. We anticipate that research findings and creative scholarly activities of all of our outstanding researchers will translate into tangible benefits to our region and global society.

Contact


Should you have questions regarding the Principal’s Research Chairs (PRC) or Canada Research Chairs (CRC) programs, please contact Christine Humphries.

 

Best regards,

Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC Okanagan

Philip Barker
Vice-Principal and Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation, UBC Okanagan