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 | November 2021

Research Opportunities & Funding

New Opportunities


Help Shape the Culture and Community of Scholarly Integrity at UBC

Learn about the values and actions that support the responsible conduct of research through a new, self-paced Canvas course and resources available for the UBC research community.


Nominate a Health Educator, Professional or Partner for Contributions to Health Education and Practice

Nominations are open for UBC Health's 2021 awards and scholarships recognizing academic and research excellence in health disciplines. Competitions close Dec. 15.


Recognize an Emeritus Professor for Innovative Research, Artistic Creation or Application

The Award of Excellence in Innovative and Creative Endeavors from the UBC Emeritus College recognizes UBC emeriti for excellence in innovative research, artistic creation or new applications of previous research since attaining emeritus status. Nominations due Feb. 15, 2022.


Honour UBC Emeriti for Distinguished Service

The UBC President's Award for Distinguished Service honours UBC emeriti who have displayed exceptional leadership in volunteer community services. Nominations due Feb. 15. 2022.



Collaborate to Address Science & Technology Challenges to Support Canada's Economy

NSERC's Alliance Missions grants will offer $100-500k for research projects with non-academic organizations to address critical science and technology challenges that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to take advantage of new opportunities. Applications due Nov. 30.


Michael Smith Health Research BC

Early-Career Researchers: Build Your Research Program

The 2022 Scholar Program offers five-year awards to support researchers who are within five years from the start of their first appointment as independent investigators. Letter of intent Dec. 6, Full application Jan. 31, 2022.


Support Health-Research Trainees to Advance Their Careers

Recent PhD graduates or health professionals eligible for fellowships (or equivalent) are eligible to apply for MSFHR’s Research Trainee Program in support of protected time for health research activities. Letter of intent due Dec. 6., Full application due Feb. 14, 2022.


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.





Other Opportunities

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.

Workshops, Programs & Events

Workshops, Programs and Events


2022 Research Trainee Program Information Webinar

Learn about the Michael Smith Research Trainee Program and how it supports health research trainees to advance their careers. Hosted by Michael Smith Health Research BC. Nov. 9.


2022 Scholar Program Information Webinar
Learn about the Michael Smith Scholar Program and how it can support you to build a leading-edge health research program. Hosted by Michael Smith Health Research BC. Nov. 10.


Advanced Research Computing Mathworks Training

During this hands-on workshop, you will be introduced to parallel and GPU computing in MATLAB for speeding up your applications and offloading computations to gain an understanding of the parallel constructs in MATLAB, their capabilities and potential issues. Nov. 10 & 17.


Media Training for Health Researchers

Tips and tools to communicate effectively and with confidence when it comes to speaking with media about your research. Contact Kaitlyn Blais, CIHR, to register. Nov. 15.


SSHRC Insight Development Grant Writing Bootcamps

Participants will be guided through writing-prompt exercises on the Summary, Knowledge Mobilization Plan, Expected Outcomes Summary, and Budget Justification modules, and will receive dedicated writing time for each. Nov. 16–18 & Dec. 9.


Research Data Management Strategy Focus Groups

UBC is developing a Research Data Management (RDM) strategy to align with the Tri-Agency Policy on RDM, UBC’s strategic plan and the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan. Focus groups: Nov. 16 (NSERC disciplines), Nov. 18 (SSHRC disciplines), Jan. 12 (CIHR disciplines), Jan. 14 (Indigenous Data).



SSHRC Insight Development Grant Information Session

An overview of the IDG funding opportunity, including required application modules and the adjudication process, plus strategic tips and advice for constructing a competitive proposal. Nov. 9.


entrepreneurship@UBC Venture Showcase

Meet early-stage UBC ventures and learn what problems they're tackling. Nov. 24.



eDiscovery Workshop Series

Faculty, staff and students with an entrepreneurial idea, or who are interested in developing their entrepreneurial mindset, are invited to this series of foundational workshops, hosted by entrepreneurship@UBCO. Nov. 17 into Feb. 2022.


One River Ethics Matter Conference

The eigth annual One River Ethics Matter conference will focus on the Indigenous-led work of kł cp̓əlk̓ stim̓ – restoring ntytyix (salmon) to the Okanagan and Upper Columbia rivers. Nov. 17 & 18.


Community Water Forum

Hear from UBC’s Cluster of Research Excellence on Watershed Ecosystems – an interdisciplinary research team of researchers and community partners who are co-developing and testing a watershed ecosystem approach that assesses and manages critical linkages and interactions in a changing environment. Nov. 30.


Prizes & Recognition

Open Competitions



Institutional Research News

Program Updates


Enhancements to Sanger Sequencing Services

The Sequencing+Bioinformatics Consortium now has a secure drop-box for sample submissions at the Vancouver campus and is processing Sanger samples four days per week.

External Updates

MSFHR and BCAHSN Unite to Drive Discovery and Innovation in BC’s Health Research System

The BC Academic Health Science Network (BCAHSN) and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) have merged into a single organization, Michael Smith Health Research BC, to support the growth and evolution of BC's health research system and life sciences sector.

Support & Resources

NSERC Releases New Reference Document on Embedding EDI Considerations in Research

The document, Equity, diversity and inclusion considerations at each stage of the research process, includes relevant questions and concrete examples to guide scientists and engineers.


Help Your Colleagues Learn More About You and Your Research at UBC

Share a short, informative update about you and your research on the UBC Today website by submitting a Research in focus profile, which is shared with all faculty and staff.

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:

See the SPARC website for the latest updates to grant development services as well as related workshops or contact SPARC.

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