Internal Funding

These internal funding opportunities are designed to support the growth and development of our research enterprise and help attract and retain top scholars.

The Offices of the Vice-President and Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation collectively sponsor a number of internal funding programs designed to support the strategic goals of the university.

Our research facilitation team can assist UBC Okanagan researchers in identifying additional internal and external funding opportunities.

campus as a living lab

UBC Okanagan has launched the Campus as a Living Lab project – a unique initiative aimed at partnering researchers with campus operations staff to help design and implement innovative solutions to on-campus challenges. Between two and three projects that show impact in one of four priority areas – climate action, resilient systems, sustainable places & communities, and health and wellbeing – will be selected for up to $50,000 in funding.


Project Leads must include at least one UBC Okanagan Faculty member (the Faculty Lead) and one UBC Okanagan Operational Staff member (the Operational Staff Lead). The Operational Staff Lead must be working in an Operational Unit of the UBC Okanagan campus in an area that is relevant to the project.

Key Dates:

  • Applications open: December 1, 2022
  • Applications close: February 1, 2023
  • Successful applicants notified: March 15, 2023
  • Project funding begins: March 30, 2023


CLL Program Terms
CLL Application Form
CLL Budget Template
CLL Activity Template

Questions about the program can be directed to Miranda Hart

researcher of the Year

Established in 2009, the Researcher of the Year awards celebrate excellence in research and creative scholarly activity at UBC Okanagan. The awards recognize faculty who have made highly significant contributions to knowledge, society, culture, or innovation.

Details on the nomination, application, and selection process can be found in the Program Terms.


  • Internal nominations to Deans and Directors: mid-November, 2022
  • Nominations to VPRI Office: December 1, 2022
  • Full application: January 11, 2023


2023 Researcher of the Year Program Terms
2023 Research of the Year Nomination Form
Guidelines for Letters of Reference

Eminence Program

The Eminence competition was established by the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation to support the development of clusters of research excellence at UBC Okanagan.

A cluster of research excellence is an interdisciplinary network of researchers focused on addressing key challenges facing society.

The Eminence Program is specifically intended to catalyze research and knowledge creation initiatives that will be used strategically to attract further external opportunities (partnerships, grants, trainee support programs, corporate sponsorship, NGO collaborations etc.). The Eminence Program has been designed to support clusters that leverage existing strengths and are aligned with the strategic plans of the units, faculties, campus and university.

2022 Program Key Dates

Notice of Intent Deadline: August 10, 2022 (4:00 p.m.)
Application Deadline: September 16, 2022 (4:00 p.m.)
Funding Start Date:

  • Cluster-Building Grant: November 1, 2022
  • Renewed Clusters: November 1, 2022
  • Newly funded Clusters of Research Excellence: April 1, 2023


2022 Cluster of Research Excellence Grant Program Terms (download)
2022 Cluster-Building Grant Program Terms (download)
2022 Eminence Program Notice of Intent (NOI) Form (download)
2022 Eminence Program Full Application Cover Page (download)
2022 Eminence Program Budget Template (download)

Application Requirements:

Please submit your application package to Teams who would like to discuss approaches to incorporating EDI can reach out to Denise Maines. To learn more about addressing UBC Strategic Priorities and Commitments along with the new evaluation criteria consult the Evaluation Rubric. Refer to the Program Terms for more information.

Notice of Intent – due Aug 10
For the Cluster-Building Grant and the Clusters of Research Excellence Grant

  • NOI Form with institutional signatures

Full Application Requirements – due Sept 16
For the Cluster-Building Grant and the Clusters of Research Excellence Grant

  • Application cover page with institutional signatures
  • A free-form proposal addressing the evaluation criteria as described in the Program Terms
    • Cluster-Building Grant (2 pages, maximum)
    • Clusters of Research Excellence Grant (4 pages maximum)
  • Short-form CV for each Cluster Member (2 pages, each)

Clusters of Research Excellence Grant only:

  • Annual budget and justification for each year of funding using the budget template
  • Renewals & Resubmissions – for renewals and resubmissions, applicants are asked to address the additional criteria as described in the Program Terms


Nicole Bennett
Internal Programs Manager
250.807.8408 | ADM006WK15


city of kelowna and ubco partnership fund

Special Call for Proposals

The City of Kelowna and UBCO established the Partnership Fund in 2022. Funding and proposal details for 2023 will be announced in the spring.

Teams must include a UBCO Faculty Lead and a City of Kelowna Operational Staff Lead.  Proposals may request up to $30,000 a year for a one (1) or two (2) year term.


Call for Proposals: tbd
LOI Deadline: tbd
Full Application Deadline (if invited): tbd
Funding Announcement: Early September


2022 CoK UBCO Partnership Fund – Program Terms 


Nicole Bennett
Internal Programs Manager
250.807.8408 | ADM006 WK15

Principal’s Research Chairs Program

The Principal’s Research Chairs (PRC) program is designed to support the recruitment and retention of UBC Okanagan faculty engaged in outstanding research or creative scholarship. The goal of the Principal’s Research Chairs program is to:

  1. Retain our top researchers
  2. Enable recruitment of outstanding new faculty
  3. Promote research intensification
  4. Generate international recognition of research achievements

2022 Call for Nominations

Nomination deadline: June 1, 2022 (4:00 pm)
PRC allocations confirmed: July 1, 2022
Funding available: July 1, 2022 (for retention stream); prior to June 30, 2022 (for attraction stream)
Recruitment deadline: June 30, 2023 (for attraction stream)

application process:

Deans may submit multiple requests for a Principal’s Research Chair allocations but are required to provide a ranked list of final requests in a cover letter accompanying the submitted application packages.


The Provost and Vice-President, Academic & Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation review nomination files and make recommendations to the Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for final approval.


2022 Program Terms (download)


Nicole Bennett
Internal Programs Manager
250.807.8408 | ADM006 WK15

Critical Research Equipment & Tools (cret) Program

The CRET program was established to support the acquisition, development, repairs, replacement or creation of critical research infrastructure at UBC Okanagan. Through this annual funding program, we aim to improve the range and quality of our research infrastructure, keep pace with technology, and provide opportunities for student research training.

2023 Call for Proposals

key dates:

Application Deadline: January 17, 2023 (12:00 p.m.)
Funding Start: March 15, 2023

NEW: Submit your application through the UBC VPRI Research & Innovation Apply portal. Use your CWL to log in.


2023 CRET Program Terms (download)
2023 CRET Cover Page (template)  (download)


Nicole Bennett
Internal Programs Manager
250.807.8408 | ADM006 WK15

Aspire Program

The Aspire program supplements the one-time start-up funding provided by faculties to new professorial recruits. Over 90 startup funding packages have been offered since the program was launched in 2017, resulting in the successful recruitment of top scholars to UBC Okanagan.  Funding for the Aspire program is provided from the central budget and from the Excellence Fund.

The Aspire program has two goals: to ensure that UBCO can offer competitive start-up packages to recruitment candidates and to provide new faculty with the resources required to develop a robust research career at UBC Okanagan.


Program Terms (download)
Application Form (fillable PDF)


Nicole Bennett
Internal Programs Manager
250.807.8408 | ADM006 WK 15

Interior Universities Research Coalition (IURC)

The Interior Universities Research Coalition (IURC) is a partnership between the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Thompson Rivers University (TRU), and University of British Columbia-Okanagan (UBCO) to accelerate research and innovation in the BC Interior.

BC Interior Region Seed Grant Research Fund – 2021 Call for Proposals

The Interior Universities Research Coalition (IURC) and the BC Ministry of Health established the BC Interior Region Seed Grant Research Fund to encourage inter-institutional, health-related research between Thompson Rivers University, the University of Northern British Columbia, and the University of British Columbia (Okanagan).

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: July 19, 2021 (4:00 p.m.)
Funding Start Date: Upon IURC receipt of funds from the Ministry
Interim report: January 24, 2022
Final Report: July 19, 2022

Program Terms

Collaborative Research Mobility Awards

UBC Collaborative Research Mobility Awards (CRMA) are designed to support research collaboration between UBC researchers in Vancouver and the Okanagan to:

  • initiate new or strengthen existing research collaborations;
  • enable travel to access unique infrastructure/core facilities at each location or to hold research meetings;
  • support travel, per diems, and accommodations for UBC researchers

Program Details

Please direct and questions about the CRMA program to