Internal Funding Opportunities

The following is a list of some of the internal funding opportunities at UBC, including links to more information and forms where applicable.

Please also contact the Grant Facilitator assigned to your faculty or unit for further advice.

Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) Fund

Details: The Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) fund is designed to foster and support community-university engagements with diverse communities by offsetting non-research related costs for community partners collaborating with or seeking to collaborate with UBC partners on research, teaching or learning projects. 

Funding: CUES Funds for Exploring New Community-University Partnerships: Up to $15,000 per project (min. $7,500) and CUES Funds for Sustaining Community-University Partnerships: Up to $30,000 per project (min. $15,000) ***Funds will be awarded directly to community partners​***

NOI Deadline: September 18, 2019

Questions: Ryan Brown

Northern Scientific Training Program (2020-21)

The 2020/21 Northern Scientific Training Program is now open for applications. The NSTP supports student research in the North by supplying supplementary funds to offset the additional costs of Northern research.

Before completing the application, students and professors must read the program manual. Answers to common questions can also be found in the "Frequently Asked Questions" document.

Successful NSTP applications typically receive $1,500 to $3,000 per student. These funds are to be supplementary to the total cost of the research, and can only be used for logistical costs and some translator/interpreter fees. They cannot be used to fund field assistants, field schools or to purchase equipment. This must be clearly indicated in the application. Consult the program manual for complete funding and student eligibility guidelines.

Application forms must be completed online at: Once a student has completed the online application, it must be released to the supervising professor for approval. Once the professor has approved the application, it is then released to the Chair of the UBC Polar and Alpine Committee (Dr. Greg Henry). In addition to submitting online, please email a PDF copy of the application form (after approval by the supervisor) and a completed and signed UBC Research Project Information Form to Carolyn De Melo at the Office of Research Services (

If you received support from NSTP this past year, you must complete a Research Report online at the same link as the application. As with the application, the student must release the Report to the supervisor who then completes the section on the relevance of the training to the student. 

NOTE: The application and reporting deadline for this year's competition is earlier than in previous years. Ensure you submit your application and report by the dates stated below.

The sponsor deadline for submitting Applications on the NSTP portal (with PDF copy emailed to is Friday, November 8, 2019.

The sponsor deadline for submitting Reports on the NSTP portal (including supervisor comments) is Friday, November 8, 2019.

Important resources: NSTP Program FAQ; NSTP Program Manual 2019-2020

SSH Internal Funding Opportunities

For information and forms related to SSH Internal Funding Opportunities, please visit the SPARC web site:

UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Collège de France Professors
Through our partnership with the Collège de France (CdF) in Paris, the PWIAS encourages UBC faculty to nominate CdF Professors for UBC visits lasting 1 – 3 weeks, or longer.  Nominations can be sent directly to the PWIAS Director, outlining the potential synergy between the visiting CdF Professor and on-going UBC research activities.  Joint nominations among collaborating UBC faculty members are encouraged.  A list of CdF Professors is available at

Wall Scholars Research Award

Details: The Wall Scholar Research Award provides support for full-time, tenured or tenure-track UBC faculty members to spend one year in residence at the Peter Wall Institute, in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. Wall Scholars are chosen among leading UBC researchers from all academic disciplines, with the objective of creating a dynamic and diverse intellectual community at the Institute. We seek to foster sustained and transformational intellectual engagement among UBC researchers and visitors at the PWIAS.

Funding: $30,000

Information & Application:

Deadline: September 30, 2019 (for 2020-2021 academic year)


French Scholars Lecture Series

Details: The Consulate General of France has partnered with the Peter Wall Institute to bring leading French scholars to UBC for the French Scholars Lecture Series .The series brings outstanding academics from France, from different disciplinary and research backgrounds, to participate in an open dialogue with their Canadian counterparts. Visitors are nominated by a UBC host scholar(s).

Funding: Airfare and accommodation in Vancouver for each visiting scholar, for a period of five to seven days, through a grant of up to €2,500

Information & Application:

Deadline: November 1, 2019


Theme Development Workshop

Details: Are you trying to organize a meeting with scholars who will partner with you for a CFI grant, a SSHRC Partnership Grant, to access some of the Canada First Research Excellence Funds, but you don't know where to meet? A Theme Development Workshop provides support to UBC faculty in need of a workshop venue to meet and discuss potential collaborative research projects, themes, and research funding proposals involving multiple academic disciplines and faculties.

Funding: meeting venue and light refreshments

Information & Application:

Deadline: ongoing


Other PWIAS Programs:

International Research Roundtables (Next call for May 2020)

Wall Solutions (Next call for April 2020)

Wall Colloquia Abroad (Next call for May 2020)

International Exchanges (ongoing applications)


More info on institute and available programs at:

Questions: Emma MacEntee // Bernadette Mah

UBC Research + Innovation

2019 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters
 The Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters (GCRC) competition was jointly created by the Vice-President Research & Innovation and the Provost & Vice-President Academic to enable the formation and growth of interdisciplinary clusters of research excellence. Applications are invited to be led by PIs from all disciplines who seek to propel their clusters towards global leadership.  Applicants will be asked to self-identify on the application if the proposed cluster should be considered as Emerging or Established.  Clusters being led by researchers at our Okanagan campus can apply for funding through the Eminence program

Funding: Emerging clusters (up to $100k) and Established clusters (up to $200k)
One or two-year project term available

NOI Deadline: September 23rd, 2019 by 5:00pm

Questions: Stacey Herzer (VP Research & Innovation Office)

UBC Salary Research Grant
  • Application form (MS Word) and Guidelines (PDF)
  • Allows UBC scholars to receive a research grant in lieu of salary during periods other than study leave.
  • If needed, download Revenue Canada S5-F1-C1: 'Determination of an Individual’s Residence Status'
UBC Study Leave Research Grant