Internal Funding Opportunities


Research Facility Support Grants (RFSG) for Science and Engineering

The Vice Principal Research at UBCO has established the Research Facility Support Grants (RFSG) competition to provide funding for the operation, maintenance, repairs or upgrades of equipment used in UBCO facilities to support science and engineering research. The RFSGs are one-year grants of up to $30,000 intended to enhance the research that can be conducted at UBCO. Requests may be made for:

• salaries of technical and professional research support staff employed to operate and maintain the facility and provide assistance to users, with eligible expenses according to NSERC rules occurring or having occurred from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018
• materials, supplies and minor equipment upgrades equipment repairs and service contracts essential to the operation and maintenance of the equipment that can be completed by March 31, 2018

Applications for this funding call should be submitted electronically along with a signed RPIF to by end of day December 1, 2017. Please include quotes for any items with a cost greater than $2,500. 

A UBCO committee will review applications and make decisions based on:
• evidence of research excellence supported by the infrastructure.
• evidence of high-quality training supported by the infrastructure.
• use of the facility by the UBCO research community.
• demonstrated need for support of the facility for the research

Click here for the Call for Proposals. Questions should be directed to the NSERC Research Support Specialist, Richard Federley at  250-807-9516.

Internal Research Grant Program

Important announcement: effective July 2017

After consultation with the Deans and Associate Deans, Research, it has been decided that several aspects of the Internal Research Grants Program will be discontinued. Individual Research Grants, Conference Workshop Grants, Post Doctoral Fellow Travel Award and the Undergraduate Travel Grants and Research Awards will no longer be available.

The Graduate Student Travel Grant will be retained to support travel related to research dissemination by graduate students but, starting this year, these awards will be administered and adjudicated by the individual faculties.

Click here to read the full memo describing recent changes to the Internal Grants Program. If you have any questions please contact Paul van Donkelaar at or Kristen Korberg at

*Submission Note: Only original, single sided applications that are not stapled will be accepted.

All Internal Grant Applications must be accompanied by the new Internal Research Grants Checklist.
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Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) Research Grant

Application Deadline: October 1
Value: Up to $5,000

Post-Doctoral Fellows Travel Grant

This award has been discontinued.

Individual Research Grant

This award has been discontinued.

Conference / Workshop Grant

This award has been discontinued.

Graduate Student Travel Grant

Effective July 2017, the Graduate Student Travel Grant will be administered and adjudicated by the individual faculties. Faculty contact details regarding this program coming soon.

Undergraduate Student Travel Grant

This award has been discontinued.

Undergraduate Student Research Award

This award has been discontinued.

International Undergraduate Research Award

Application Deadline: Faculty dependent.
 $6,500 plus up to $1,500 for research related expenses

The international undergraduate research award (IURA) program supports international and undergraduate students to pursue innovative and original research as part of their learning experience while studying at UBC's Okanagan campus. This award, offered through your faculty in partnership with the International Student Initiative, provides international undergraduate students an exceptional learning experience through engagement in research over the summer months. Students completing 75 credits by summer each year are eligible to submit proposals through their faculty for the award. Please contact your faculty for more information.

Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences:
Arts: Dr. Kenneth Carlaw - 250.807.8264 |
Sciences: Dr. Yong Gao - 250.807.9503 |

Faculty of Management:
Mary Butterfield - 250.807.8157 |

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies:
Shauna Oddleifson - 250.807.9864 |

School of Engineering:
Tanya Chartrand - 250.807.8101 |

Faculty of Health and Social Development:
Jennifer Rhodes - 250.807.9904 |

Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Award 

Application Deadline: January 31
Value: $6,500 plus up to $1,500 for research related expenses

Click here for information on this award.

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Equipment Replacement, Repair, or Purchase (NSERC)

There is a one-time opportunity to request funds for research tools and equipment. Up to $5,000 (per proposal) is available towards the replacement, purchase, or repair of urgently needed research tools or equipment. Matching funds from the applicant's Faculty may be used for expenditures over $5,000. The VPR will match the Faculty (or other) funds up to an additional $2,500 (though the Faculty may contribute a greater amount).

Applications must be attached to a Research Project Information Form (RPIF) and submitted to ORS no later than 4:00pm on July 14, 2017. Funding decisions will be announced by August 1, 2017. 

For full details on this opportunity, including application instructions, please see the Program Terms.

Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund

The Invited International Distinguished Visitor Fund provides opportunities for UBC faculty to invite international colleagues to visit UBC and engage with the campus community and share their research and expertise.  Examples of engagement activities include providing presentations and workshops; conducting research activities; and collaborating with faculty and students.  The application must be submitted by a faculty member at UBC's Okanagan campus on behalf of their international colleague for this funding.  The Office of Research Services is available to facilitate the pairing of suitable research colleagues if an interested international applicant is not currently connected with a faculty member at UBC's Okanagan campus.

For more information, please contact Raina Reddecliff, International Resources and Communications Senior Officer: 

**Application Deadline: October 15 and February 15 Annually**

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Lashley and Mary Haggman Memory Research Award

The Lashley and Mary Haggman Memory Research Award has been established to assist faculty and graduate students in either the Faculty of Health and Social Development or Unit 4, Psychology in the Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus to conduct research on memory or memory related issues. The graduate student award program will support a student summer research project at the Okanagan campus.  

SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Support

The Office of the VPR will provide one interdisciplinary team application with institutional support for each SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis competition. Support will include:

  • Pre-award project management to help identify team members and facilitate team meetings and communication
  • Proposal development
  • Up to $10,000 if application is successful to be used for PI course release or RA salary support

Applicants interested in the internal funding opportunity will be asked to submit a brief outline of their proposed knowledge synthesis approach (max 1 pg, Times New Roman 12 pt, single-spaced) along with a current CV within one week of the funding announcement. Only one proposal per round of funding will receive institutional endorsement and financial support; final decisions will be made by the VPR. Interested researchers should contact Pierre Rondier ( in advance of the call to discuss the KS program.

Reichwald Germanic Studies Award for Research & Creative Activity

The intent of the Reichwald Germanic Studies Award for Research and Creative Activity is to promote and to facilitate faculty research and creative activity related to any area of German society. The award will support a tenured or tenure-track faculty member at UBC's Okanagan campus to undertake research or creative activity that engages with issues of relevance to the German-Canadian community or to German intellectual, scientific, historical, political, socio-economic, and/or cultural development within Canada or internationally. The research or creative activity must be related to German society, but need not take place in Germany. See the Program Terms below for full details on this opportunity.

Regional Socio-Economic Development Institute of Canada (RSEDIC) Seed Grant

The purpose of the RSEDIC seed grant is to provide funding to support new areas of regional socio-economic research, and to increase the capacity for regional socio-economic inquiry on campus. Activities undertaken through the seed grant can include, for example, knowledge synthesis, and/or the collection of pilot data on a new topic.

Grants are for up to a maximum of $3,500 over 6 months. No extensions are available. Prepare all required attachments and submit to the Okanagan campus Office of Research Services by 4:00pm on April 18, 2017. Please contact Mary Butterfield with questions on this opportunity. 

Request for Funding / Support from the VPR

Through its annual budget, the Office of the Vice Principal Research has allocated a limited amount of funding that can provide financial assistance to the UBCO research community, outside of the current internal funding opportunities for faculty. Contingent on the level of funding, the VPR may offer the following types of support: Matching Funds, Letters of Support, Cost-Sharing Funds (events/conferences/workshops/seminars), and other funding requests. See the Program Terms below for full details on this opportunity. 

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Danielle Lamb, Awards & Communications Officer
Tel: 250.807.9658