COVID-19 Research & Innovation information and updates

COVID-19 Impacts on ORE’s Internal Grants Program

In March 2020, on-campus research and scholarly activity was curtailed on UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses in response to COVID-19. Following extensive consultations between the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and Faculties, a gradual resumption of on-campus research and scholarly activity began in June, 2020, in line with public health guidance and regulations.

In accordance with Stage 3 of the BC Restart Plan, on-campus research, scholarly and creative activities as well as research field work can now be conducted by following UBC’s COVID-19 Safety Plans available at continues to apply to in-person research involving human participants. Please consult the websites of the applicable research ethics board (BREBBREB-OClinical REBC&W REBPHC REB and the BC Cancer REB) for the latest guidance on human participant research.

While ORE is proceeding with most of our internal funding competitions (please see below), the nature of the activities that the International Research Visiting Fellowships typically support (visits, lectures, lab work, etc.) compels us to postpone the competition until international travel and on-campus events are more conducive to hosting visitors.

With regard to our active programs (see below), applicants should consider carefully their research timelines and methodologies for their proposals in keeping with the aforementioned UBC COVID-19 directive on research. If applications are funded, applicants should be prepared to adjust the operationalization of their projects in accordance with the current and future University directives on research activity.

We understand that this continues to be a challenging time for the whole research community and we appreciate your patience as we find ways to support your research while attending to the safety and wellbeing of our communities.

– The ORE team


Please visit UBC’s Research & Innovation page for more information and updates regarding COVID-19

Visit UBC Safety & Risk Services for detail on the latest updates on UBC’s COVID-19 response and COVID-19 Safety Plan process, informed by the new return to campus guidelines.