UBC 2021 Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) fund

Program Link: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/partnership_development_grants-subventions_partenariat_developpement-eng.aspx

Sponsor: UBC Community Engagement, VP External Relations, and the Office of the VP, Research and Innovation

Value: Explore Stream (designed to build partnerships): Up to $13,000 per project
Sustain Stream (designed to support established partnerships): Up to $25,000 per project

Description: The CUES fund is designed to foster and support community-university engagements with communities by offsetting non-research costs for community partners collaborating with or seeking to collaborate with UBC partners on research, teaching or learning projects.

It provides funding for charitable organizations in British Columbia to build partnerships and pursue shared projects with UBC. The initiative supports the partners behind collaborative research, teaching and learning projects that benefit communities across the province.

A total of $500,000 is available in 2021, paid directly to community partners. Why fund partners? Community-university partnerships enrich UBC research and education, support the non-profit sector, and help communities thrive.

CUES removes financial barriers and prioritizes reciprocal, inclusive engagement so all communities — especially those that have been underserved, marginalized, or excluded — can benefit.

Funding is allocated across two streams:

Explore Stream
Up to $13,000 per project
New relationships take time. The “Explore Stream” is designed to help get emerging partnerships and projects off the ground. With Explore Stream funding, emerging community-university partners can take the time they need to build trust, define shared interests, identify knowledge gaps and shared goals, and design collaborative research, teaching or learning projects.

Sustain Stream
Up to $25,000 per project
In recognition of the work of community partners, the “Sustain Stream” supports established partnerships that have already been working collaboratively and want to do more. Funds can be used to keep a partnership afloat, activate the results of previous collaboration, and translate research results to action that benefits communities. 

All prospective applicants are required to submit a Notice of Intent before being permitted to apply for the full application. The NOI online form is available on the CUES web site.

Final applications must be submitted online by this date.

Register for September 22, 2021 Info Session here.

Contact: If you have any questions, please contact CUES staff at cues.fund@ubc.ca