UBC Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) Fund Competition 2021-2022

Program Link: https://sustain.ubc.ca/research/cll-fund-competition

Sponsor: UBC Sustainability Office

Value: Up to $50,000 per project


UBC’s Campus as a Living Lab (CLL) program offers its Faculty and Staff a unique opportunity to incubate, test and demonstrate innovative research ideas in a real-world setting, embedded on campus lands (its buildings, infrastructure, streets and spaces) or within its communities. The CLL Fund Competition 2021-22 will provide funding of up to $50,000 for 4 to 6 projects, with a maximum funding envelope of $200,000 for the year. Proposals are invited from across academic disciplines (science and humanities) and across operational areas at UBC.


This competition is open to joint teams comprising of at least one UBC Faculty and one UBC Staff, working in a Unit relevant to the research area. The application must designate a Lead and a Co-Lead. Either Faculty or Staff can be the Lead; however, if the Lead is a Faculty member, then the Co-Lead must be Staff and vice versa. The Lead Applicant should be eligible to receive and manage the funds from this award. The winners of last year’s CLL Fund Competition are not eligible to reapply, in order to widen the opportunities that the CLL has to offer for Faculty and Staff. However, these teams can continue to seek support for the implementation of CLL research that doesn’t need additional funding. Previous Applicants, including shortlisted Applicants who did not receive funding, are eligible to re-apply, either for the same or different project. We encourage you to reach out to us at CLL.Team@ubc.ca for guidance on your proposal, if you are applying with a similar project.

Priority Areas

The project must demonstrate measurable, scalable and meaningful impact in any one of the four priority areas listed below. If a project impacts more than one priority area, choose the one that is most relevant.

1. Climate Action Demonstration of innovation that seeks to combat climate change, through measures such as the reduction of – GHG emissions, non-renewable materials and energy consumption, waste generation, etc.

2. Resilient Systems Demonstration of innovation in physical or social systems that seeks to strengthen their capacity to withstand and adapt to paradigm-altering shocks, such as climate change, global pandemics, natural disasters, automation and job loss, etc.

3. Sustainable Places & Communities Demonstration of innovation in the design, organization or operation of spaces, infrastructure or transportation systems that seeks to enhance their environmental or social sustainability, making them greener, safer, more accessible and inclusive for all members of the community.

4. Health & Wellbeing Demonstration of innovation in physical or social infrastructure and systems, which seeks to enhance the physical, mental or emotional health and wellbeing of the community, including students, staff, faculty, neighbourhood residents, children, etc.

Applicants are encouraged to review the UBC Strategic Plan and other relevant UBC Plans, (some of which can be found here) to illustrate how their project aligns with the objectives laid out in these plans.


  • Application open: September 1, 2021