COVID-19 Impacts on ORE’s Internal Grants Program


As of May 1, 2022, UBC has transitioned from COVID-19 Safety Plans to a Communicable Disease Prevention Framework in alignment with the BC Centre for Disease ControlWorkSafeBC, and Public Health Guidance for Post-Secondary Institutions. This means the university will replace the seven institutional plans, with a Communicable Disease Prevention Framework to cover all UBC activities, including research.

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 EMERGE program will not be running in 2022-2023.

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.

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 Schools by supporting activities and expenses that are typically ineligible for support from research grants or for which stand-alone support is challenging. 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, workshops, 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, University publication funds or open access funds to support such work.

RISS applications are due three times per year, except for applications for postdoctoral fellow benefits (for those who have successfully been awarded external fellowships), which may be submitted at any time. Given that that postdoctoral appointments start throughout the year, aligning the RISS award with the appointment allows more optimal use of the award to cover employment benefits. Except for the PDF benefit applications, completed RISS application forms must be emailed to Robert Olaj in ORE by 12 noon on Monday Oct. 3, 2022, Tuesday Jan. 3, 2023 (the 2nd is observed as a holiday at UBC), and Monday April 3, 2023.

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.
  • Research that has previously been funded, in part or in full, is not eligible. Funds are not intended to supplement current or completed Tri-Council or other currently funded projects or duplicate support for projects awaiting funding decisions from other sources.
  • Principal investigators may submit one SSHRC Explore Grant application.
  • Only one SSHRC Explore Grant will be awarded per research project.
  • 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 offer opportunities for graduate student training/mentorship.
  • Eligible seed activities include (but are not restricted to) pilot research; field/library/archival research; case studies; and research projects with community partners.
  • Applications with budgets of no more than $7,000 are eligible to be submitted.
  • 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.
  • Successful applicants must submit a final report to ORE within one month of the end of the term of the award describing how they used the funds.

Deadline - TBA (likely in late April 2023).

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 UBC-V Faculty of Education professoriate are eligible to apply for this endowed grant (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.
  • Applications with budgets of no more than $7,000 are eligible to be submitted.
  • 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 (likely in late April 2023).

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

Please note that in addition to the current competition (details below), an additional competition for the Jacqueline Farquhar Endowment for Children’s Mental Health will be held in spring 2022.

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 UBC-V faculty/graduate student teams, consisting of at least one member of the UBC-V Faculty of Education professoriate (Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors) and one or more graduate students registered in the UBC-V 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.
  • Projects with a budget of $10,000 maximum are eligible to be submitted.
  • 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: October 24, 2022. Email a single PDF (one file) of all the application components and a separate, completed RPIF to

To Apply

Download the application form and instructions here.

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

The Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia would be pleased to receive nominations for International Research Visiting Fellowships (IRVFs) for 2023-2024. Applications are due January 16, 2023 to

Visiting fellows will be expected to spend a minimum of two weeks between April 1, 2023 and August 30, 2024 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. A Faculty of Education Co-Nominator must be identified and listed in the application form.

AWARD VALUE          

The maximum IRVF award is $8,000. Three awards (with a maximum of up to 8,000/fellow) will be made available within the program timeline (April 1, 2023 – August 30, 2024).


  • Funds may be used towards travel, accommodation, per diem expenses, honoraria, and research/meeting costs.
  • Honoraria are capped at $500.
  • Budgets should be carefully thought out and funds must be used for the requested expenses, particularly with regard to accommodation. Nominators should be particularly mindful of their overall budget ask if their intention is to personally host the international researcher, as booked accommodation expenses can make up a significant portion of a budget.
  • UBC business expense rules apply.
  • Funds may not be used to purchase computers or equipment.


  • Nominations will be accepted from Education faculty in the research stream professoriate at the UBC-V campus.
  • A Faculty of Education Co-Nominator must be identified and listed in the application form.
  • Previously funded nominators must have submitted both an interim and a final report by the nomination deadline.


  • The same visitor cannot be nominated more than once through this program.
  • Visitors must be from a university outside Canada.
  • The nominee must be an outstanding researcher as assessed through their track-record of research, publications, knowledge mobilization, major recognitions, and grant funding.
  • 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 the general public).

Nominators are advised to consult with their department/school administrative manager regarding requisite travel documentation, including visas, social insurance numbers, etc.

Please refer to the Instructions and Application Form below for complete requirements.


Please submit the following two PDF documents to by January 16, 2023:

  1. A consolidated PDF of the application form and requisite attachments, and
  2. A completed and signed UBC Research Project Information Form (RPIF).

Please find the instructions and application form here.

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

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