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:

In this session, we will review the Eminence cluster and evaluation criteria, and provide guidance on creating a two-page CV to support your proposal.

Date: July 14, 2021
Time: 9:00-10:00 am

Register to attend

2021 Call for Proposals

Notice of Intent Deadline: August 10, 2021 (4:00 p.m.)
Application Deadline: September 16, 2021 (4:00 p.m.)
Funding Start Date: November 1, 2021

Forms:

Program Terms (download)
Submit Notice of Intent (NOI) (download)
Application Cover Page (download)
Application Budget Template (download)

Full application requirements:

  • Cover page including 100-word lay summary and institutional signatures
  • A free-form proposal addressing the evaluation criteria (four pages maximum)
  • Renewals – Applicants submitting a request to renew funding for an existing cluster must address additional criteria, as described in the program terms (two pages maximum)
  • Resubmissions – Applicants resubmitting a proposal not funded in the 2020 Eminence competition may include a response to reviewers (one page maximum)
  • Annual budgets and justifications for each year of funding using the budget template
  • A 2-page CV for each cluster member which highlights key accomplishments relevant to the proposed cluster activities
  • Optional Up to three letters of support from relevant secured partners

Contact:

Christine Humphries
Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Operations
250.807.8154 | ADM006I
christine.humphries@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


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

2021 Call for Nominations – now closed

Nomination deadline: June 1, 2021 (4:00 pm)
PRC allocations confirmed: July 1, 2021
Funding available: July 1, 2021 (for retention stream); prior to June 30, 2022 (for attraction stream)
Recruitment deadline: June 30, 2022 (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:

2021 Program Terms (download)
Annual Report Template (download)

Contact:

Christine Humphries
Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Operations
250.807.8154 | ADM006I
christine.humphries@ubc.ca


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.

2021 Call for Proposals now closed

key dates:

Call for Proposals: December 14, 2020
Application Deadline: February 16, 2021 (4:00 p.m.)
Funding Start Date: March 31, 2021

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)
  • At least 1 quote indicating the full cost of any proposed purchase(s)
  • A recent Tri-Council CV for the Principal Investigator and co-applicants

Contact:

Christine Humphries
Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Operations
250.807.8154 | ADM006I
christine.humphries@ubc.ca


Aspire Program

The Aspire program supplements the one-time start-up funding provided by the faculties to new professorial recruits. A total of 56 startup funding packages have been offered since the program was launched in 2017, resulting in the successful recruitment of top scholars to 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 collectively by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Provost and Vice-President Academic, and the Vice-Principal Research and Innovation.

Forms:

Program Terms (download)
Application Form (fillable PDF)

Contact:

Christine Humphries
Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Operations
250.807.8154 | ADM006I
christine.humphries@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