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Current Opportunities

Comprehensive list of major funding opportunities and deadlines:

UBC SPARC Project Grant Support Services

Highlighted funding opportunities:

NSERC-US National Science Foundation Collaboration on Quantum Science and Artificial Intelligence

NSERC and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on research cooperation. The MOU provides an overarching framework to encourage collaboration between Canadian and US research communities and sets out the principles for developing jointly supported activities. This new NSERC-NSF collaborative research opportunity focuses specifically on discoveries and innovations in the areas of artificial intelligence and quantum science.

Through a lead agency model, US and Canadian research teams will submit a singlecollaborative proposal that will undergo a single review process at the NSF, which will be the lead agency. Canadian academic researchers may receive funding from NSERC, and US researchers may receive funding from the NSF. NSERC funding will be provided as an Alliance grant. For this collaborative call there is no requirement for partner organizations or contributions in the Canadian component, and they should not be included in the proposal.

The collaborative opportunity is fully described in the Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) available on the NSF website. The DCL provides the complete guidelines for the preparation, submission, review and award of NSERC-NSF collaborative research proposals.

Application Deadlines

Varies by program

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UBC Health Innovation Funding Investment Award

Health is produced by a complex interplay of individual, social, political, and economic factors. Interdisciplinary and cross-faculty collaborations have the potential to lead to more innovative solutions to improve health and address health inequities. 

The Health Innovation Funding Investment (HIFI) Awards are intended to catalyze these collaborations by supporting cross-faculty and cross-campus research at UBC's Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. 

Awards will be granted to faculty members who are collaborating across faculties, disciplines, and campuses to develop new teams, pursue new ideas, or translate findings from innovative health-related research.

Funding projects should align with the strategic priorities of UBC Health and have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and/or society.

Team-Based Care Funding Stream
For the spring call, in addition to the general, open call for HIFI, we are inviting applications that focus on initiatives that contribute to provincial efforts to establish and enhance team-based care. The call is open to all innovative ideas, particularly in areas that address education and pedagogy or system change and outcomes. Examples of relevant initiatives include, but are not limited to, efforts to advance research on educational models intended to prepare learners for team-based care and advance research about the system readiness or outcomes of implementation of team-based care. 

Funds Available

$10,000 - $15,000

Application Deadline

Apr 15, 2022 - 2022 Spring Call proposal due

Aug 15 - Oct 15, 2022 - 2022 Fall Call proposal due

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SSHRC New Frontiers in Research Fund Research for Post-Pandemic Recovery

This Special Call aims to mobilize Canadian-led research efforts in support of a more equitable, sustainable and resilient postpandemic reality. It will support a diverse portfolio of projects that directly address one or more of the research priorities outlined in the UN Research Roadmap for COVID-19 Recovery. Steps to apply include submitting a mandatory notice of intent to apply and a subsequent full application.

Funds Available

Up to $250k per year (including indirect costs) for up to 2 years

Application Deadline

Apr 26, 2022 - NOI due

Aug 9, 2022 - Full application due

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NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program

The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program supports the training and mentoring of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that

  • encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities

  • facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce 

These innovative programs must foster the acquisition and development of important professional skills among students and postdoctoral fellows that complement their qualifications and technical skills, and improve their job readiness for careers in industry, government, non-governmental organizations and/or academia.

Funds Available

Up to $150k in the first year and up to $300k for up to 5 subsequent years, for a maximum of $1.65M over 6 years

Application Deadline

May 1, 2022 - NOI due

Sept 22, 2022 - Full application due (if invited)

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