The UBC Research Digest is a summary of opportunities and deadlines curated from the university's institutional research-support service units at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. The digest is jointly distributed by the Offices of the Vice-President, Research
and Innovation and the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation (Okanagan).

UBC Research Digest

UBC Research Digest | January 2022

Research Opportunities & Funding

New Opportunities



Advance UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan through Innovative or Transformative Projects

The Indigenous Strategic Initiatives fund supports faculty, staff and students to undertake projects that advance the six priority areas of the Indigenous Strategic Plan. Stream 1 & 2 letter of intent and stream 3 full application deadline: Jan. 27.


Build or Strengthen Research Collaborations with UBC Okanagan

Collaborative Research Mobility Awards provide up to $5,000 to support travel, equipment or other partnership costs for new or existing collaborations between UBC researchers in the Okanagan and Vancouver. Apply by Feb. 7.



Gain Insight, Mentorship on CIHR Peer-Review Processes

The Reviewer in Training Program allows early-career researchers to receive mentorship and participate in the peer-review process for the spring Project Grant program. Note eligible Fall 2021 applicants need not reapply. Apply by Feb. 4.


Digital Research Alliance of Canada

Help Champion Sound Research Data Management in Canada

Support a shift in data culture in Canada's digital research infrastructure ecosystem by promoting sound research data management (RDM) practices in your area through the Data Champions Pilot Project. Funding up to $50k per applicant. Application deadline Feb. 3.


Contribute your RDM Expertise as a Merit Reviewer

The Digital Research Alliance of Canada seeks volunteer experts from all disciplines, fields or areas of interest for its merit review committee for the Data Champions Pilot Project and other funding opportunities. Participation begins as soon as Feb. 2022. Applications are open.



Leverage International Collaborations to Address Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Challenges

Alliance International grants support Canadian researchers to work with international colleagues to pursue new knowledge, technologies and solutions to complex problems. Funding of $25k up to $100k is available to initiate collaborations or participate in international projects. Applications are open.


Collaborate with US Colleagues in Quantum Science & Artificial Intelligence

NSERC and the National Science Foundation have partnered to support collaborations in quantum science and artificial intelligence between Canadian and US research communities. Deadlines vary. See NSERC and/or NSF site for full details.

Other Opportunities

Researchers interested in additional funding opportunities should refer to the ORS funding application submission guidelines relevant to their campus. Vancouver | Okanagan

Upcoming Deadlines



Please check individual opportunities for internal ORS submission deadlines relevant to your campus to ensure administrative review and timely submission. See Okanagan ORS website for all UBC Okanagan deadlines.


Review internal deadlines and procedures on the IPO website for all CFI funding opportunities to ensure timely submission.

See CIHR's ResearchNet for additional opportunities including Catalyst, Operating and Team Grants. Review ORS guidelines for institutional approval and PI submission procedures for CIHR grants.


MSHRBC (formerly MSFHR)




Workshops, Programs & Events

Workshops, Programs and Events


Dimensions Equity Group Engagement Sessions

Learn more and provide your feedback on the university’s self-assessment of equity, diversity and inclusion in the UBC research ecosystem. Sessions: Jan. 18, 20, 26 & 27. Register by Jan. 14.


Apply to entrepreneurship@UBC's Venture-Building Program
Propel your scientific or technical innovation through venture creation, team building, investment and growth as part of the spring cohort of the Lab2Launch program. Apply by Jan. 28.



Data Champions Pilot Project Information Session

Listen to a recording of the information session on the Data Champions Pilot Project from the Digital Research Alliance of Canada. Jan. 13.


Research Data Management Strategy Focus Groups

Provide input on UBC's forthcoming Research Data Management Strategy as it affects specific topic areas. Indigenous Data: Jan. 14.


SSHRC Impact Awards Webinar

Learn about the nomination process and criteria for the SSHRC Impact Awards competition. Hosted by SSHRC. English: Jan. 26.


CIHR Project Grant: Spring 2022 Q&A

Ask questions and hear answers on how to apply to CIHR's upcoming Project Grant funding opportunity. Hosted by CIHR. English: Jan. 26 & Feb. 17.


Data Privacy Week: Changes to FIPPA Data Residency Requirements

Learn how major changes to BC's Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act affect the use of cloud-based technology and digital tools for faculty, staff, and students. Jan. 28.


NSERC CREATE Information Session

Hear an overview of the CREATE program and application process. Hosted by NSERC. English: Feb. 10.

Prizes & Recognition

Open Competitions




The Office of Research Prizes & Awards is currently offering support for the following nomination opportunities:



Other Upcoming Awards & Prizes:

Institutional Research News

Program & Service Updates

UBC Launches Indigenous Finance Guidelines

The guidelines have been created to better support the gift-giving and compensation components in reciprocal, respectful, relationship-based collaborations between Indigenous partners and UBC.

Support & Resources


Update to TCPS 2: Course on Research Ethics 2022

The Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research has replaced the Tri-Agency Policy Statement 2: Course on Research Ethics (TCPS 2:CORE). The updated course, TCPS 2: CORE 2022, focuses on ethics guidance that is applicable to all research involving human participants, regardless of discipline or methodology.


Hire International Students for Support with Research Projects

The Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Award Program subsidizes faculty members to hire undergraduate international students to work on their research projects full-time during summer 2022. Proposal deadline Jan. 28.


Recording of NSERC CREATE Webinar & Strategic Discussion Available

The video includes an outline of the competition, strategic advice, details on the mandatory internal selection process, and a discussion with a UBC faculty member who serves on the NSERC CREATE selection committee. Available for the UBC research community only.



Support for SSHRC Partnership Grant Stage 1 (Review & Institutional Support Letter)

UBC applicants to SSHRC’s Partnership Grant Stage 1 competition are encouraged to submit their proposal for SPARC review. Applicants must work with SPARC to obtain the required institutional support letter. Visit the SPARC website for more information on requirements and deadlines.


Proposal Review available for SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Applicants are invited to submit IDG materials (either individual modules or full proposals) for review on or before Jan. 25.

Support and Resources for Tri-Agency Funding Competitions

SPARC and ORS (Okanagan) can provide support and/or resources for the following funding opportunities:

  • CIHR

    • Project Grant


    • Alliance


    • Connection Grants

    • Insight Development Grants

    • Partnership Engage Grants

    • Partnership Grants - Stage 1

See the SPARC website for the latest updates to grant development services as well as related workshops or contact SPARC. Researchers from UBCO should contact the ORS research development team.

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