COVID-19 Impact on ORE’s Internal Grant Program

On March 19 UBC President Dr. Santa Ono and VP Research & Innovation Dr. Gail Murphy released a statement on the curtailment of on-site research at UBC and of fieldwork involving human subjects (see message and FAQ: https://research.ubc.ca/covid-19-curtailing-research-activities-ubc-campuses).

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, likely into the fall. Details about a new deadline will be announced in the coming weeks.

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 is 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.

Context
COVID-19 has adversely impacted the ability of many Faculty of Education faculty to conduct research while focusing on online teaching and curtailing their in-person empirical research. In addition, graduate students have lost some key sources of employment to support their studies both on and off campus because of the current situation.

Objective
The aim of this one-time funding opportunity is to stimulate scholarly research in the Faculty of Education by connecting faculty researchers with graduate students who will play an integral role in a specific research project. Students will benefit from the financial support and research experience while working closely with Faculty members. Faculty will benefit from the research talents of students allowing them to advance their project objectives.

To this end, grants totaling a maximum $3000 are available to tenured or tenure-track members of the Faculty’s research professoriate to support research activities that involve graduate students: small pilot studies, literature reviews, data collection and analysis, etc. Activities must be research focused and the applicant must articulate how the activities will advance their research productivity. Priority will be given to applicants who have no significant external research funding. The funds are to be used solely to support the employment of graduate students in the Faculty and the involvement of graduate students must be clearly justified in the applications for this funding. Applicants are encouraged to access existing UBC funding programs for activities related to book and journal publishing (e.g. UBC Scholarly Publication Fund).

The application form (on the next page) must be submitted to Robert Olaj in the Office of Research in Education (ORE) at robert.olaj@ubc.caby November 16, 2020 and must include the following:

  • the title and brief description of the research project to be supported
  • a specific budget noting the value of the request and a description of work to be undertaken by the student (number of hours, types of work, rate of payment; typical Faculty GRA rate is approx. $25-30/hr. including benefits
  • a clear description of how the proposed activities will support the applicant’s scholarship and research productivity
  • a clear description of how the proposed activities will contribute to the graduate student’s research training

Eligibility

Research-track tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply. Each Faculty member may submit only one application. Hired students must be in the Faculty of Education.

Evaluation criteria

  • Project’s originality and contribution to knowledge
  • Likelihood that listed timelines/ objectives will be met
  • Degree to which activities represent meaningful graduate student research training

Term of Award

Applications will be reviewed by the Dean’s Advisory Committee on Research (DACR) in early December and results will be conveyed to applicants soon after. Funds should be set up in faculty-managed research accounts by the end of December. Note that for any new research involving human subjects, ethics approval must be obtained before funds are released. Funds will be available until fiscal year end, March 31, 2021. Unspent funds will be returned to the Dean’s Office.

To Apply

Download the complete Application Form

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.
  • A total of $6,000 is available for this competition. 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

Please submit complete applications by email to Education Research by 4:00 PM, Monday May 4, 2020.

To Apply

Download the complete Terms of Reference and Instructions and Application Form

For more information, please contact:

Education Research
Office of Research in Education (ORE)

The SSHRC Explore Grant, formerly called the HSS Seed Grant,  distributes funds from UBC’s annual SSHRC Institutional Grant to maintain or strengthen research capacity and research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. The primary goal of the Explore 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.
  • 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 or supplement Tri-Council or other currently funded projects.
  • Only one Explore grant per research project will be awarded.
  • Successful applicants must submit a report to the ORE within one month of the end of the term of the award 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 Education Research by 4:00 PM, Monday May 4, 2020.

To Apply

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

For more information, please contact:

Office of Research in Education (ORE)
Education Research

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 $6,000 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 within one month of the end of the term of the award.

Deadline

Please submit complete applications by email to Education Research by 4:00 PM, Monday May 4, 2020.

To Apply

Download the complete Terms of Reference and Instructions and Application Form 

For more information, please contact:

Education Research
Office of Research in Education (ORE)

The IRVF announcement has been amended on March 26, 2020

The International Research Visiting Fellowships (IRVFs) for the 2020-2021 academic year has been postponed. New deadline TBA.

 

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

TBA

To Apply

Download the complete Terms of Reference & Instructions and Nomination Form

For more information, please contact the Office or Research in Education at research.educ@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 see the Faculty of Education Newsletter.

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

For assistance in developing applications or for more information about these programs, please contact Director, Research Development, Robert Olaj in the Faculty’s Office of Research in Education (ORE).

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