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 | June 2021

Research Opportunities & Funding

New Opportunities


Inform Training, Support for Research Data, Software and Computational Services at UBC

UBC researchers are invited to submit their feedback to a short needs assessment survey to inform service development from UBC Advanced Research Computing and UBC Library in these areas. Survey respondents will be entered into a draw for prizes. Survey closes Jun. 11.


Funding to Support Costs of Scholarly Publication

The Scholarly Publication Fund provides partial subsidies towards the cost of publishing scholarly works in SHHRC disciplines. Priority will be given to scholarly works where subventions are required for publication. The Open Access Fund provides ongoing support for APCs and other costs related to publishing in open access journals. Application deadline for Scholarly Publication Fund is Jun. 15.


Support Partner Community Groups through UBC Funding

The Partner Recognition Fund from UBC Community Engagement is designed to help fill small resource gaps and support the work of community groups that partner with UBC. Apply by Jun. 17.


Postdocs: Learn Best Practices in Peer Review for CIHR Programs

SPARC and the Postdoctoral Fellows Office invite UBC postdoctoral fellows to participate in a pilot program of CIHR's mock review toolkit. Participants will also be invited to take part in SPARC's Internal Review Training Program for CIHR Project Grant applications. Apply by Jun. 8.




Upcoming funding for Research to Mitigate Pandemic Impacts on Children, Youth & Families

A new opportunity will launch to help improve the understanding of, response to, and recovery from the co-occurring stressful and traumatic events that stem from the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health restrictions. Anticipated application deadline is the week of Jul. 26.


Funding for Research on COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

CIHR has launched a rapid response funding opportunity for research that addresses COVID-19 vaccine confidence and understanding. Apply by Aug. 10.


Support for Novel Research and Knowledge Translation in the Health Sciences

CIHR’s Project Grant program supports new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches. Projects should have a specific purpose and a defined endpoint. Anticipated program launch Jul. 20. Register by Aug. 18. Full application due Sept. 15.



Operating Support for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research

NSERC's Discovery Grant program offers grants-in-aid for long-term research objectives of ongoing programs in the natural sciences and engineering. Notice of intent due Aug. 1. Full application due Nov. 1.

Other Opportunities

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

  • CIHR
    • Healthy Cities Implementation Science Team Grants: Letter of intent due Aug. 11.


    • Subatomic Physics Discovery Grant: Notice of intent due Aug. 3.

  • 2022 Terry Fox New Investigator Award competition: Register by Jun. 25. Full application due Sept. 10.

  • InnovateBC Ignite Program: Applications due Jun. 30.

  • Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Opportunity Projects Program: Apply by Aug. 4.

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - Housing Supply Challenge Round 2: Stage 1 of applications opens Jun. 9. Apply by Aug. 25.

  • AgriRisk Initiatives Microgrants: Application intake ongoing.

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.

Workshops, Programs & Events

Workshops, Programs and Events


SSHRC Leadership Town Hall for Faculty

Hear the latest details about SSHRC's funding programs and future plans from Tim Wilson, Associate Vice President, Research Programs, SSHRC; and Kate Harding, Director, Research Programs, SSHRC, followed by a Q&A. Jun. 7.


2021 WestGrid Training Modules

Develop research computing skills through a mix of self-paced and live online tutorials offered by WestGridskills. Parallel coding: Jun. 1 & 8; Compute Canada cloud Jun. 22 & 29; Machine learning Jul. 6; Scientific visualization Jul. 13; MATLAB Jul. 21 & 27.


SSHRC Insight Grant 2021 Writing Bootcamps

See examples of successful grants and receive writing prompts followed by Q&A and dedicated time to work on proposal drafts with support from the research development officers. Jul. 13, 14 & 15.

Receive Peer Feedback on SSHRC Insight Grant Proposals

Submit your project summary to register to participate in UBC’s internal review program for the SSHRC Insight Grant. Register and submit draft one-page summaries by Jul. 26.


Receive Peer Feedback on CIHR Project Grant Applications

Submit draft proposals for the CIHR Fall 2021 Project Grant competition to receive an internal scientific review on the value proposition, feasibility and originality of your research. Register and submit draft proposals by Jul. 27.

Prizes & Recognition

Open Competitions


Institutional Research News

UBC Researchers Awarded Funding for New COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Projects

Genome BC, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and BCCDC Foundation for Public Health partnered to support research with a direct, rapid impact on people in British Columbia during the pandemic.


UBC Researchers Receive Funds for Interdisciplinary, High-Risk, High-Reward Research

Seven projects led by UBC researchers received a combined $1.75 million through the federal New Frontiers in Research Fund 2020 Exploration Stream.

Program Updates


New UBC Representatives for Tri-Agency Grants Management Solution Initiative

Susan O’Neil (Office of Research Services – Vancouver), Pamela Forsberg (Faculty of Arts – Vancouver) and Kristen Korberg (Office of Research Services – Okanagan) represent UBC as part of a Tri-Agency initiative to modernize and harmonize grants management across the three federal research granting agencies. The initiative is currently exploring solution/implementation partners and aims to submit a proposed plan to the Government of Canada in fall 2022.

Support & Resources

Support and Resources for Tri-Agency Funding Competitions

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

  • CIHR

    • Project Grant

  • ECCC

    • Climate Action and Awareness Fund


    • Alliance

    • Discovery Grants

    • Discovery Horizons pilot


    • Insight Grants

    • Partnership Engage Grants

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.


UBC Library Expands Map-Based Data Discovery Tool

The UBC Library Research Commons has released a major update to the open-source data discovery tool Geodisy, significantly expanding the content collection available for search.


New Clinical Biospecimen Analysis Research Ethics Form & Training

A new research ethics form is available for projects involving clinical biospecimen analysis. Visit the Office of Research Ethics site for supplementary training videos for help completing these forms.


Ordering Controlled Substances for Research with Approved Health Canada Exemptions

McGill University is no longer able to provide controlled substances to researchers. Animal Care Services is able to assist UBC researchers to order controlled substances listed in their Health Canada exemptions. Researchers requiring amendments to existing Health Canada exemptions to make note of this supplier change are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as Health Canada has indicated the amendments will take up to three months for processing.


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