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 | March 2022

Research Opportunities & Funding

New Opportunities



Share Your Thoughts on EDI Challenges in Research at UBC

Recently UBC conducted a self-assessment of its research ecosystem and identified challenges that affect equity, diversity and inclusion. View the results and submit your comments to the UBC Dimensions platform by Mar. 20.


Develop Cross-Faculty and Cross-Campus Health Research Collaborations

The Health Innovation Funding Investment Awards provide between $10-25k to faculty members who are collaborating across faculties, disciplines, and campuses to develop new teams, pursue new ideas, or translate findings from innovative health-related research. An additional call is open for proposals focusing on provincial efforts to establish and enhance team-based care. Proposal deadline Apr. 15.


Engage in Inter- and Trans-Disciplinary Research Collaborations on the Climate and Nature Emergency

Applications are invited from leading scholars across career stages to the 2022-23 Wall Scholars Catalyst Program. Successful scholars will participate in regular sessions at the Institute focusing on the broad theme of Climate and Nature Emergency. Apply by Apr. 29.


Propose a Faculty Member for the University Killam Professors Designation

The University Killam Professor competition recognizes faculty members who are extraordinary teachers, researchers, and leaders in their academic fields. It is the highest honour that the university confers on a faculty member. Nominations are due Sept. 1.



Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation & Impact Canada

Develop Solutions for Supply Chain Issues in Housing in Remote & Northern Canada

Round 3 of the CMHC Housing Supply Challenge invites proposals for projects to address barriers in the housing supply chain to reduce the time, cost and risk associated with accessing materials and resources needed to build, operate and maintain housing in northern and remote regions. Internal summaries should be submitted to Heather Frost, SPARC, by Apr. 4.



Inform Data-Driven Responses to Post-Pandemic Recovery

The NFRF Special Call – Research for Postpandemic Recovery supports innovative and interdisciplinary research efforts up to $250k per year in support of a more equitable, sustainable and resilient post-pandemic reality in line with the UN Research Roadmap for COVID-19 Recovery. Notice of intent due Apr. 26. Full application deadline Aug. 9.



Champion Health Research, Knowledge Mobilization and Capacity Development at the Insititute of Gender and Health

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research seeks a Scientific Director for the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH), one of CIHR’s 13 virtual Institutes. The role will have a 4-year mandate, beginning January 1, 2023, with the possibility of a second-term appointment. Application deadline Apr. 11.


Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Become an Assessor for the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP)

The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences seeks experienced scholars from a variety of fields to join the ASPP Publications Committee, which evaluates grant applications for scholarly works, and issues funding recommendations continuously throughout the year. Contact to find out more.


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)




  • CREATE: The internal competition has closed. Anyone submitting directly via the international stream is advised to inform SPARC and ORS.

  • Idea to Innovation: Full application due Apr. 4.



Workshops, Programs & Events

Workshops, Programs and Events


Research Protocol Writing Workshop & Rodent Breeding Protocol Writing Workshop

Learn or get refreshed on how to write an effective animal care protocol including the level of detail to include, sections of the application that are commonly omitted or incomplete, and key aspects which Animal Care Committee members look for when reviewing protocols. Mar. 21 & 24.


World Food Prize Nomination Webinar

Find out about the process of nominating an individual for the World Food Prize and get an opportunity to run queries past the team directly responsible for the process. Hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. Mar. 24.



Visual Storytelling Workshop for Researchers

Use creativity to find the best way to connect with your audience through this workshop, which will present four steps to uncover meaningful tools to reach new audiences. Part of the Practical Matters Public Humanities Series from the Public Humanities Hub – Okanagan. Mar. 8.


Women at the Forefront: Local Leaders in Sustainability

Join a conversation with female entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs at the forefront of sustainability in the Okanagan. Presented by entrepreneurship@UBCO. Mar. 9.


2022 Researcher of the Year Awards

Celebrate and recognize faculty and student researchers who have made significant contributions to research and creative scholarly activity at UBC Okanagan. May 6.

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 Updates


Update to Alliance Option 2 Cost-Sharing Ratio

NSERC's Alliance Grants option 2 has simplified to one single cost-sharing ratio of 100% from NSERC for proposals involving partners from any non-academic sector.



Updated Requirements for Registration and Disclosure of Results from Clinical Trials

Nominated principal investigators receiving CIHR grant funds on or after January 1, 2022, must comply with new policies in line with the CIHR's adherence to the World Health Organization's Joint Statement on Public Disclosure of Results from Clinical Trials.



No-Cost Extensions for Eligible Grants

NSERC and SSHRC continue to provide no-cost extensions for eligible grants in their final year (automatic and other extensions included where applicable). To request an extension, please contact Lily Liew (NSERC grants) or Donna Lei (SSHRC grants), Office of Research Services.

Support & Resources


Submit Your Comments as Part of an External Review of UBC Vancouver Library

Faculty and staff are invited to provide written comments related to the library's operation, management and service role in supporting the university's academic mission. The deadline for feedback is Mar. 3.

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

  • NFRF

    • Special Call– Research for Postpandemic Recovery


    • Alliance

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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