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.


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 (e.g., 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.

Program Info Session:

Learn more about the goals of the Eminence Program, lessons learned from existing Clusters, the revised evaluation criteria, and the new Cluster-Building Grant. Guidance on budget development, eligible expenses, annual reporting requirements, and a short-form CV will also be provided.

Date: July 26, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Zoom and in-person

Register to attend

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

Forms:

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 vprawards.ubco@ubc.ca. 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

Contact:

Nicole Bennett
Internal Programs Manager
250.807.8408 | ADM006WK15
nicole.bennett@ubc.ca

 


city of kelowna and ubco partnership fund

2022 Special Call for Proposals

The City of Kelowna and UBCO established the Partnership Fund in 2022. In its pilot year, the Partnership Fund is launching a Special Call for projects that will mobilize research efforts around two challenge statements:

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.

KEY DATES:

Call for Proposals: June 2, 2022
LOI Deadline: July 4, 2022 (4:00 PM)
LOI Results: Mid-July
Full Application Deadline (if invited): August 22, 2022 (4:00 PM)
Funding Announcement: Early September

FORMS:

2022 CoK UBCO Partnership Fund – Program Terms 
2022 CoK UBCO Partnership Fund – Cover Page (template)
2022 CoK UBCO Partnership Fund – LOI Application Form (template)
2022 CoK UBCO Partnership Fund – Proposal (template)
2022 CoK UBCO Partnership Fund – Activity List (template)
2022 CoK UBCO Partnership Fund – Budget (template)

APPLICATION submission:

Phase 1Letter of Intent (LOI)

Cover Page and LOI Application Forms must be emailed to vprawards.ubco@ubc.ca by July 4, 2022 (4:00 PM).  The UBC Faculty Lead must copy the City of Kelowna Operational Staff Lead and the City of Kelowna Operational Staff Lead’s Manager. Applicants will receive a response to confirm receipt of the submission.

Phase 2- Full Application (if invited)

Full Applications must be emailed to vprawards.ubco@ubc.ca by August 22, 2022 (4:00 pm). Full Applications packages consist of the Cover Page, Proposal, Activity List, Budget, and an optional Appendix.

Please refer to the Program Terms for award and application details. 

CONTACT:

Nicole Bennett
Internal Programs Manager
250.807.8408 | ADM006 WK15
nicole.bennett@ubc.ca


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.

evaluation:

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.

Forms:

2022 Program Terms (download)

Contact:

Nicole Bennett
Internal Programs Manager
250.807.8408 | ADM006 WK15
nicole.bennett@ubc.ca


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


Critical Research Equipment & Tools (cret) Program

The Critical Research Equipment & Tools Program competition was established by the Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation to support the acquisition, development, repairs, replacement or creation of critical research infrastructure at UBC Okanagan.

Access to cutting-edge, high-quality research equipment and tools is essential if researchers at UBC Okanagan are to operate at the leading edge. 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.

2019 Awards  2021 AWARDS

*Note: there was no funding call in 2020 due to COVID-19.

2022 Call for Proposals

key dates:

Call for Proposals: December 15, 2021
Application Deadline: February 2, 2022 (4:00 p.m.)
Funding Start Date: March 1, 2022

Forms:

Program Terms (download)
Application Cover Page (download)
Submit Full Application (online form)

Full application requirements:

  • Cover page including 100-word lay summary and institutional signatures
  • A free-form proposal addressing the evaluation criteria (see Program Terms for page limits)
  • 1-page biography for each team member that highlights relevant experience, research funding, student training and publications (i.e. curated CV)
  • At least 1 quote indicating the full cost of any proposed purchase(s), including a picture or schematic of the equipment if available

Contact:

Nicole Bennett
Internal Programs Manager
250.807.8408 | ADM006 WK15
nicole.bennett@ubc.ca


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 Details

application process:

Funding requests will be made by Deans with input from Associate Deans and Heads of Departments, as appropriate.

evaluation:

Decisions on Aspire Fund disbursements will be made by the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation, and the Associate Vice-Principal, Research.

Forms:

Program Terms (download)
Application Form (fillable PDF)

Contact:

Nicole Bennett
Internal Programs Manager
250.807.8408 | ADM006 WK 15
nicole.bennett@ubc.ca


Collaborative Research Mobility Awards

UBC Collaborative Research Mobility Awards (CRMA) are designed to support research collaboration on timely research opportunities 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

Faculty members eligible to hold research grants from all disciplines are invited to apply to the UBC Collaborative Research Mobility Awards program. These awards facilitate collaboration on timely research opportunities between UBC researchers in Vancouver and the Okanagan. Competitions will be held four times per year. Up to $5,000 is available for each proposal to initiate new or strengthen existing research collaborations.

2021 Call for Proposals

Important DateS:

The application deadline for upcoming competitions are:

  • August 5, 2021 – Submit
  • November 5, 2021
  • February 7, 2022
  • May 5, 2022

PROGRAM DETAILS