Funding Opportunities

Internal Funding

Funding for research and knowledge mobilization is available through internal programs of the Faculty of Education and UBC. You can learn about the three programs currently available below. For more information about these internal research funding opportunities, please contact:

Heather Frost
Manager, Research Support Services
Office of Research in Education (ORE)
604-822-0215

Dr. John H. M. Andrews, former Dean of Education, UBC from 1973-79, and his wife Doris Andrews have generously endowed one award offered to tenure and tenure-track faculty in the Faculty of Education. This award is designed to support educational research and development projects that have an impact on the community and make a contribution to society. The research component must have a direct impact on the community and increase our knowledge and understanding of Canadian education. The development component must be conducted in collaboration with a community educational partner. The award is based on Dr. Andrews’ belief that teachers, in practicing their profession, are called upon to relate, not just to their students, but also to parents, fellow citizens and teachers, school administration, their professional association, staff groups, governmental agencies, as well as the broad range of social and political groups in the community.

Terms of Reference

  • Members of the Faculty of Education (Assistant Professors, Associate Professor and Professors) are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate how their project will have an impact on the community and increase our understanding of Canadian education.
  • The proposal must clearly identify community educational partner(s) and their roles.
  • One award valued at $5,000 will be offered. The term of the award is 12 months.
  • Successful applicants are required to write a one page summary describing the outcomes of the project for the Faculty of Education Development Office. This summary may be shared with the donor.

Deadline

Please submit complete applications by email to Heather Frost by 4:00 pm, Friday, April 21th, 2017.

To Apply

Download the complete Terms of Reference and Instructions and Application Form

 For more information, please contact:

Heather Frost
Manager, Research Support Services
Office of Research in Education (ORE)
(604) 822-0215

Important note: Increasingly, SSHRC is asking institutions to provide evidence that projects funded through the SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) are making an integral contribution to faculty’s research.  To meet this objective, SPARC is asking Faculty to align their SIG award program with SPARC’s new strategy of research funding streams (i.e. SIG funding leads to Hamptons and/or SSHRC Insight, Insight Development, Connection, Partnership Development and Partnership Grants).

The Faculty of Education HSS Seed Grant distributes funds from UBC’s annual SIG to maintain or strengthen research capacity and research excellence in the social sciences and humanities.  The primary goal of the Faculty of Education HSS Seed Grant is to support high-quality Faculty of Education humanities and social sciences research by providing small funds to support early stage research activities that will lead to the development of external research funding applications.

Terms of Reference

  • Members of the Faculty of Education professoriate are eligible for this competition (Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors). Only one application per principal investigator is eligible.
  • Funds are open to both newer and more established faculty.
  • Applicants with open HSS Seed Grants (unspent funds and/or project reports to be submitted) are not eligible to apply.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that include at least one of the following: opportunities for graduate student training/mentorship, collaboration within the Faculty of Education, or collaboration across disciplinary/faculty boundaries.
  • Eligible seed activities include (but are not restricted to) pilot research; field/library/archival research; and synthesis or re-analysis of data collected through previously completed projects.
  • Applicants must make a strong case for how the proposed activities will support the development of future research grant application(s).
  • The maximum value of each award will be $7,000. A total of $70,000 is expected for this competition.
  • Grant funds must be spent by March 31, 2018. No funding extensions are available.
  • Conference travel is not an eligible expense for this funding program.
  • Funds are not intended to complete or supplement Tri-Council or other currently funded projects.
  • Only one seed grant per research project will be awarded.
  • Successful applicants must submit a report to the ORE by July 31, 2018 describing how they used the funds and how the project has or will lead to future external research funding applications.

Deadline

Submit complete applications by email to Heather Frost by 4:00 pm, Friday, April 21th, 2017.

To Apply

Download the complete Terms of Reference and Instructions and Application Form.

For more information, please contact:

Heather Frost
Manager, Research Support Services
Office of Research in Education (ORE)
(604) 822-0215

Funding for the Faculty of Education Jacqueline Farquhar Endowment for Children’s Mental Health is made available through a fund established by the Vancouver School Board and Jacqueline’s family and friends, and is specifically designed to carry on her passion for enhancing schools’ capacity to identify and respond to students struggling with depression and anxiety.

The primary goals of the Jacqueline Farquhar Endowment for Children’s Mental Health are to:

  • translate completed research into accessible forms that community stakeholders and educators can utilize, disseminate and take into the classroom and/or community with a goal of impacting practice;
  • find practical uses for completed research, for example, the production of a brochure, books, workshops, instructional materials, web sites, etc., with a clear potential for impact on practice (technology component as a tool for sharing); and
  • increase the awareness of issues relating to children’s mental health.

Terms of Reference

  • Funds are open to faculty/graduate student teams, consisting of at least one member of the Faculty of Education professoriate (Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors) and one or more graduate students registered in the UBCV Faculty of Education.  The faculty member is expected to play a leadership role in the knowledge mobilization project. One grant per collaborative team project is available.
  • Graduate students who are on leave or on extension are ineligible to apply for this funding.
  • Funds are not intended to support data collection or analysis of research but rather to support activities designed to disseminate and mobilize research findings or outcomes to the community through an activity or product.
  • A total of $7,000 is available for this competition. The term of the award is 12-months from the date of notification.
  • Successful applicants are expected to communicate the results of their project to the Faculty of Education Development Office upon completion.

Deadline

Please submit complete applications by email to Heather Frost by 4:00 pm, Friday, April 21th, 2017.

To Apply

Download the complete Terms of Reference and Instructions and Application Form

For more information, please contact:

Heather Frost
Manager, Research Support Services
Office of Research in Education (ORE)
(604) 822-0215

The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia would be pleased to receive nominations for International Research Visiting Fellowships (IRVFs) for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Visiting fellows will be expected to spend a minimum of three weeks between September 2017 and May 2018 to engage in high quality collaborative and innovative research with researchers in the Faculty of Education at UBC. It is expected that fellows will be internationally acclaimed scholars in their respective fields, as evident through track-records of research, scholarly publications, knowledge mobilization, major recognitions, and grant funding. It is also expected that the funds will act as a catalyst for subsequent collaborative research with UBC researchers beyond the time of their stay at UBC. Please note that these fellowships are distinct from the Faculty’s ‘Noted Summer Scholars’ program, which is geared towards teaching.

Terms of Reference

IRVF funds (up to $10,000 per award) may be used towards travel, accommodation, per diem expenses (https://finance.ubc.ca/travel/private/reconcile/private/meal-diems), and research/meeting costs. Funds are for operating expenses and cannot be used to purchase computers or equipment. As a condition of the award, it is expected that visiting fellows will give at least one research talk (open to members of the University as well as general public).

Three awards (up to $10,000/fellow) will be made available within the 2017-2018 academic year. They will be adjudicated on merit according to the evaluation criteria. Each department/school is limited to submitting two nominations for adjudication.

Deadline

Please submit complete applications by email to Heather Frost by Tuesday, May 30th.

To Apply

Download the complete Call for Nominations and Application Form

For more information, please contact:

Heather Frost
Manager, Research Support Services
Office of Research in Education (ORE)
(604) 822-0215

External Funding

Please find below a continually updated list of research grant and award opportunities for members of the Faculty of Education professoriate. For assistance in developing applications or for more information about these programs, please contact Research Grants Facilitators Robert Olaj or Heather Frost in the Faculty’s Office of Research in Education (ORE). Click on the headings for more information.

Please note that all grant applications must abide by UBC’s research signature process and address UBC’s Indirect Costs of Research Policy.

MSFHR Health Policy Fellowship

Sponsor: Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

The MSFHR Health Policy Fellowship is a salary award for post-doctoral fellows involved in health research who are interested in preparing for careers in a variety of health research and research user roles. Fellows undertake short-term (six to 12 months) policy assignments via placements within the BC Ministry of Health (MoH) or at one of the province’s health authorities. These placements may be separate from or complementary to a fellow’s current academic research.

Value: The fellowship provides up to one year of salary support at $45,000 per annum, prorated as required depending on the length of the policy assignment. A one-time allowance of up to $5,000 is available to help defray the costs of relocation, and, if permitted by the policy assignment supervisor, to defray costs for attendance at science or health policy conferences or meetings.

Deadlines:
ORE Review Deadline: Contact Heather Frost
ORE Signature Deadline: March 27 (9 AM)
ORS Signature Deadline: March 27
Sponsor Deadline: April 3

SSHRC Connection Grants

Sponsor: SSHRC

Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating.

Value: $7,000 to $25,000 for events, and up to $50,000 for other outreach activities; higher amounts for outreach activities may be considered if well justified. Duration of 1 year.

Deadlines:
ORE Review Deadline: March 27
ORS Deadline: April 25
Sponsor Deadline: May 1

Field of Interest Develop Grants

Sponsor: Vancouver Foundation

Develop grants are short-term grants to help project teams explore complex social issues and to develop viable projects that might address these issues through social innovation. Project teams will have already begun working on this idea and need further support to move the idea forward to become a viable project plan.

Value: The grant provides a maximum of $10,000 for up to one year.

Currently two Fields of Interest are available, each with their own deadlines. Please contact Heather Frost for ORE review, and submit applications for signature at least one week before the sponsor deadline.
Environment and Animal Welfare (April 13)
Health and Social Development (April 28)

Notes:
No more than 50% of the budget for a project will be funded by the grant, due to funding limitations.
Vancouver Foundation considers both cash contributions and in-kind donations of services or goods for incurred expenses as valid matching funds. In most cases, Vancouver Foundation does not expect to be the sole external funder connected to the project, nor the largest source of funding.

Wall Solutions Initiative – Letter of Intent

Sponsor: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

The program is designed to harness high-level research to the practical needs of local, national or international community partners. Proposals must demonstrate active participation with a proposed community or end-user partner to achieve its objectives. Local, national or international community partners are eligible co-applicants.

Value: Wall Solutions projects will be funded at a maximum of $50,000 for one year for direct research costs. Two-year projects are eligible but funds are awarded annually. Renewal is dependent on a formal review of progress achieved. Total project budgets over $50,000 per year are acceptable if you are including funding from other sources or partner contributions.

Deadlines:
ORE review deadline: April 10
Sponsor deadline: May 1

Notes:
Principal investigators must be full-time UBC faculty at the Professorial Rank in grant/tenure track positions (i.e. Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor).

Peter Wall International Research Roundtables

Sponsor: Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

International Research Roundtables are aimed at fostering excellence in research, and serving as a catalyst for collaborative research between international scholars and UBC scholars. They will provide scholars, community leaders, artists, policy makers and others the opportunity to explore a theme, create the foundation for innovative research, prompt important advances in science and society, and/or have a significant impact on the discovery of solutions to important problems.

Value: The proposed budget may range from $20,000 to $45,000. The award will support meeting expenses for a Roundtable at the Peter Wall Institute in Vancouver, Canada, for two to five days. Award funds may be used to cover accommodation, meals and travel costs, for up to 20 participants for the duration of the Roundtable.

Deadlines:
ORE review deadline: April 10
Sponsor deadline: May 1

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