Institutional Programs (CFI)

The Institutional Programs Office on the Vancouver campus provides administrative and strategic support to all researchers pursuing major federal, provincial and regional infrastructure awards at the Vancouver and Kelowna campuses.

Research Facilitator in the Okanagan Office of Research Services is available to offer onsite program and grant development support to Okanagan campus researchers applying for research infrastructure funding.

Internal processes and timelines specific to the Okanagan Office of Research Services can be found below.

CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) Competitions

Proposals to the John R. Evans Leaders Fund are used to attract faculty in priority areas as identified in the university’s Strategic Research Plan.

Okanagan campus researchers applying for the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund should be new recruits to UBC appointed within 24 months of the CFI submission deadline. Please refer to the UBC Okanagan CFI Application Instructions & Deadlines (below) for internal allocations, processes and timelines.

Proposals are vetted internally and only strong proposals are selected for submission to CFI. As internal screening is rigorous, applicants are encouraged to prepare well-developed applications.

One month following the submission to CFI, a matching funds application must be submitted to the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF). A full BCKDF Step 1 proposal is part of the internal adjudication and selection of proposals. Refer to the BCKDF website for guidelines, application form template and webinar extract. An internal BCKDF application guide is available by request from the CFI Research Facilitator.

Contact the CFI Research Facilitator in the Okanagan Office of Research Services for program support, 1-on-1 proposal development support, criteria review and editorial assistance on the proposal. Additional resources for writing the CFI and BCKDF proposals are also available upon request.

Information on UBC-wide procedures is available on the Applying for CFI Funding page on the Institutional Programs website. A detailed description of the UBC Okanagan CFI Application Instructions & Deadlines (for UBC Okanagan applicants ONLY) is available here.

JELF Competition Deadlines

CFI Competition deadlines

UBCO NOI deadline*

Submission for Review and Feedback (UBCO)

Internal selection deadline (IPO)

Final CFI Application and Signatures (RPIF) 

BCKDF Step 1 Application Internal Deadline

Final BCKDF Step 1 Application to IPO 























*These deadlines are for UBC Okanagan applicants only.  All other applicants should contact the Institutional Programs Office at UBC Vancouver for details on UBCV-specific internal processes.

Institutional Programs Forms

  • Research Project Information Form
    Institutional Signatures: Once a proposal has been approved by the internal committee and a final version of the proposal is ready, obtain institutional signatures. No substantive changes (e.g. budget) are permitted after this point. Submit application and signature page to ORS by internal deadline.
  • BCKDF Forms
    Here you can find the BCKDF guidelines, competition deadlines, webinar extracts, and the newest BCKDF forms for the application.