Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters

Program Link: www.research.ubc.ca/vpri-competitions-initiatives/research-excellence-clusters/grants-catalyzing-research-clusters

Sponsor: Offices of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation and the Provost & Vice-President, Academic

Value: Emerging Clusters: Up to $100K | Established Clusters: Up to $200K

Description: The GCRCs are designed to enable the formation and growth of interdisciplinary research excellence clusters.

For the purposes of this funding competition, a research excellence cluster is defined as a network of researchers spanning multiple disciplines at UBC who form and nurture interdisciplinary teams that foster partnerships and collaborations, develop new research questions/directions/themes in research creation, address key societal and cultural problems, and work together to solve challenges that transcend traditional boundaries.

These awards are specifically targeted at catalyzing advanced research initiatives with the expectation that awards will be used to enable the cluster to have more significant impact than otherwise possible. Researchers from all disciplines are invited to apply for funding. Additional support is available to humanities scholars.

GCRC competitions are open to clusters led by researchers at our Vancouver campus. Clusters led by researchers at our Okanagan campus can apply for funding through the Eminence program.

CHANGES FOR THE 2021/22 COMPETITION

  • To enhance training as part of cluster activities, emerging clusters may apply to use up to $30,000 of their cluster award for trainee stipends. Established clusters may apply to use up to $60,000 of their cluster award for trainee stipends. These training activities must support research projects that advance the cluster’s goals and outcomes;
  • Proposal narrative may now be a maximum of 5 pages and must now include a knowledge exchange plan.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPLY
Research teams must submit a short Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply by 11:59 pm on November 2, 2020. The NOI is non-competitive and will be used internally to plan review panels.

Information Session
An information session will take place on October 26, 2020 from 9:30-11:00 AM via Zoom. You can register here.

Applicants must complete a short NOI form through the VPRI website in order to be eligible to apply. The NOI is non-competitive and will be used internally to plan review panels. Additionally, if multiple NOIs for a similar research theme are received, teams will be alerted shortly after the NOI deadline to enable potential coordination of proposals before the submission deadline.

The application portal for full applications will open after the NOI stage closes.


Note: Application guidelines and forms, FAQs, and lists of previously awarded clusters may be found on the GCRC web site.

Contact: If you have any questions, contact Robert Olaj.