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 https://srs.ubc.ca/covid-19/covid-19-safety-plans/Guidance continues to apply for 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


Internal Funding

Funding for research and knowledge mobilization is available through internal programs of the Faculty of Education and UBC. You can learn about our Faculty’s Internal Research Funding Programs below. For more information about these internal research funding opportunities, please contact Robert Olaj in the Faculty’s Office of Research in Education

The Faculty of Education’s inaugural EMERGE program is designed to foster and support research knowledge mobilization activities in the first half of 2022 initiated (ideally) by early-to-mid career Indigenous and racialized Faculty researchers with their scholarly peers, educators and community partners. This grant program emerged from the findings concerning research culture in the Faculty of Education’s Final Report of the Task Force on Race, Indigeneity and Social Justice (June 2021). The report underscored the importance of providing opportunities to coordinate and deliver events and programs highlighting the work of Indigenous and racialized scholars, educators and community members, allowing them to network and showcase their research, learnings and methodologies. Although we welcome and encourage proposals connected with decolonization, anti-racism, and other social justice concerns, it is not a requirement that this be the focus.

The grant does not support data collection and analysis in the manner of a typical research grant.

Completed EMERGE applications must be emailed to Robert Olaj in ORE by Wednesday January 5, 2022. 

Download the Guidelines and Application Form

For more information, please contact: Robert Olaj in the Office of Research in Education (ORE)

The Faculty of Education’s Research Infrastructure Support Services (RISS) program is designed to help Education faculty pursue excellent research as defined by the disciplines represented within the Departments and the School by supporting activities and expenses that are typically ineligible for support from other grant sources. RISS supports are limited to external grant matching, postdoctoral benefits, funds for pre-conference planning, matching for UBC’s SSHRC Bridge Funding Program and funds to support community engagement for early stage research project planning.

The program is NOT designed to fund expenses related to primary research (e.g. data collection and/or analysis) or knowledge mobilization activities (e.g. on-site conference expenses, publication expenses, website development). It is expected that faculty will apply for (e.g.) Tri-Agency funds such as SSHRC Insight or Connection Grants, internally-adjudicated small SSHRC Explore Grants, or University publication funds to support such work.

The Dean’s Advisory Committee for Research (DACR), with representatives from Departments and the School of Kinesiology, adjudicates these grant applications three times per year. Completed RISS application forms must be emailed to Robert Olaj in ORE by 12 noon on Monday, October 4, 2021, Monday, January 10, 2022, and Monday, April 4, 2022.

Download the Expense Eligibility Guidelines & Application Form.

Download the RISS Final Report (for previous awardees). 

For more information, please contact:

Robert Olaj in the Office of Research in Education (ORE)

The SSHRC Explore Grant distributes funds from UBC’s annual SSHRC Institutional Grant. The primary goal of the Explore Grant is to support high-quality Faculty of Education research by providing small funds to support early stage research activities that will maintain or strengthen research capacity and research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. 

Terms of Reference

  • Members of the Faculty of Education professoriate at UBC-V are eligible for this competition (Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors, and their counterparts in the Educational Leadership stream). Faculty at UBC-O's School of Education have access to a separate set of seed grants funded through a separate SSHRC allocation made to UBC-O.
  • Principal investigators may submit one SSHRC Explore Grant application.
  • Only one SSHRC Explore Grant will be awarded per research project.
  • Funds are open to both newer and more established faculty.
  • Applicants with active SSHRC Explore Grants and those who have been previously funded but who have not submitted final reports by the application deadline 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.
  • The maximum value of each award will be $7,000.
  • The term of the grant is 12 months beginning from the date of the award notice. No funding extensions are available.
  • Neither conference travel nor teaching buy-out are eligible expenses for this funding program.
  • Funds are not intended to complete Tri-Council or other currently funded projects or duplicate support for projects awaiting funding decisions from other sources.
  • Successful applicants must submit a final report to the ORE within one month of the end of the term of the award describing how they used the funds.

Deadline

TBA. Typically early April.

To Apply

Terms of Reference/Instructions and Application Form to be posted in March.

For more information, please contact:

Robert Olaj in the Office of Research in Education (ORE)

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 professoriate are eligible for this competition (Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors, and their counterparts in the Educational Leadership stream).
  • 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.
  • There are two budget categories for this award. Budgets up to $6,500 or $13,000.
  • The term of the awards 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

TBA. Typically early April.

To Apply

Terms of Reference/Instructions and Application Form to be posted in March.

For more information, please contact:

Robert Olaj in the Office of Research in Education (ORE)

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.
  • There are two budget categories for this award. Budgets up to $5,750 or $11,500. 
  • 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 within one month of the end of the term of the award.

Deadline

TBA. Typically early April.

To Apply

Terms of Reference/Instructions and Application Form to be posted in March.

For more information, please contact:

Robert Olaj in the Office of Research in Education (ORE)

The IRVF announcement has been amended on March 26, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Faculty of Education's International Research Visiting Fellowships (IRVFs) program has been postponed until conditions are more favourable to hosting visitors.

The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia would be pleased to receive nominations for International Research Visiting Fellowships (IRVFs) for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Visiting fellows will be expected to spend a minimum of three weeks between September 2020 and May 2021 engaged 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 activities, 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 2020-2021 academic year. They will be adjudicated on merit according to the evaluation criteria. Each department/school is limited to submitting two nominations and application packages must be submitted by an applicant's head of unit. 

Deadline

The program has been postponed due to COVID-19.

To Apply

Download the complete Terms of Reference & Instructions and Nomination Form

For more information, please contact the Office or Research in Education at educ.ore@ubc.ca

 

International Research Visiting Fellowship Report Templates: IRVF Interim Report Template         IRVF Final Report Template

Graduate Research Assistant Report for Centre Directors: GRA Report Template


External Funding

For research grant and award opportunities for members of the Faculty of Education professoriate, please visit ORE’s Research and Awards Funding Opportunities webpage.

For assistance in developing external research grant proposals please contact Dr. Nandini Maharaj, Research Grants Facilitator in the Faculty’s Office of Research in Education (ORE).

For funding opportunities for ALL disciplines, please see the UBC Office of Research + Innovation website.

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