Strategic Plan Funding Calls

As UBC strives to bring life to the Strategic Plan across the university, we have compiled a central hub of UBC’s internal funding calls to assist the community in supporting collaboration and innovation. Funds are arranged by supporting Core Area, as below.

Date modified: 2023-01-31


Core area: People and Places

Anti-Racism Initiative Fund:  The fund supports initiatives that seek to celebrate and elevate diverse communities and advance anti-racism efforts at our UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Special call
Deadline: TBD in 2023

Campus as a Living Laboratory Fund Competition (CLL) Vancouver:  The CLL Fund provides seed funding to support innovation projects on the Vancouver campus that address strategic priorities and embody the principles of a living lab.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Call to open in September 2023

Campus as a Living Laboratory Fund Competition (CLL) Okanagan: UBC Okanagan has launched the call aims at partnering researchers with campus operations staff to help design and implement innovative solutions to on-campus challenges. 

Campus: UBC Okanagan
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023 (Open)

Climate Education Grants:  provide up to $5,000 to UBC Vancouver faculty members to incorporate climate change content and teaching approaches into existing undergraduate and graduate courses.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2022 (Closed)

Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF): Supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion – one of the core themes of UBC’s strategic plan.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: June 19, 2022 (Closed)

Inclusive Initiative Fund (IIF): UBC’s Inclusive Initiatives Fund (IIF) provides low-barrier access to funds for students working to build a more inclusive UBC.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Special call
Deadline: TBD in 2023

Large Learning Space Improvement Projects: For spaces used primarily for teaching: classrooms or teaching labs.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Please contact Learning Spaces Advisory Committee members in late spring

Move UBC Grants: an annual university-wide initiative in February to encourage faculty, staff, students, and the wider university community to move more. 

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Small grants – year round. Large grants – Dec. 15

Principal’s Research Chairs Program (PRC): The Principal’s Research Chairs (PRC) program is designed to provide research support for UBC Okanagan faculty engaged in outstanding research or creative scholarship.

Campus: UBC Okanagan
Type of call: Special call
Deadline: July 1, 2022 (Closed)

Sustainability Education Grants: provides funding for Vancouver faculty members looking to advance and diversify sustainability education opportunities for students across campus in all disciplines. 

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Spring 2023

Sustainability Scholars Program: an innovative paid internship program. We match UBC graduate students with on- and off-campus sustainability partners to work on applied research projects that advance sustainability across the region.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Jan 29, 2023 (Closed)

Wellbeing Strategic Initiatives Fund: Supports UBC’s commitment to being a health- and wellbeing-promoting institution, as outlined in the Wellbeing Strategic Framework.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Applications for 2023/24 are open in summer of 2023 (deadline rolling)

Workplace Sustainability Fund: Funds are available annually to generate sustainable solutions in the workplace and is an award incentive for UBC’s Sustainability Coordinator Program.

Campus: Cross-campus (Applicants to the Fund must be registered Sustainability Coordinators)
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Feb. 6, 2023 (Open)


Core area: Research Excellence

Collaborative Research Mobility Awards (CRMA): To facilitate collaboration on timely research opportunities between UBC researchers in Vancouver and the Okanagan.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: May 5, 2023 and Nov. 23, 2023 (Open)

Critical Research Equipment & Tools Program (CRET): Supports the acquisition, development, repairs, replacement or creation of critical research infrastructure at UBC Okanagan.

Campus: UBC Okanagan
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Jan. 17, 2023 (Closed)

Eminence Program: Supports the development of clusters of research excellence at UBC Okanagan that leverage existing strengths and are aligned with the strategic plans of the units, faculties, campus and university.

Campus: UBC Okanagan
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: LOI Aug. 10, 2022 (Closed)

Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters (GCRC)Applications are being invited from both emerging and established research excellence clusters in all disciplines on the Vancouver campus.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Notice of intent deadline: Nov. 1 2022. Proposal deadline Jan. 11, 2023 (Closed)

Green Labs Fund Accepting creative idea to make your lab or research activity more sustainable. Apply for the Green Labs Fund, and your lab could receive up to $4,000 for your innovative plan.

Campus: UBC Vancouver and Okanagan
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Mar. 19, 2023 (Open)

Health After 2020: The Health After 2020 program offers funding of up to $10,000 to UBC faculty members who are interested in starting or extending a collaborative relationship with a scholar or collaborator from outside UBC

Campus: UBC Vancouver and Okanagan
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Sept. 29, 2022 (Closed)

Health Innovation Funding Investment Awards: to catalyze these collaborations by supporting cross-Faculty and cross-campus research at UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Awards of $10,000 to $25,000 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.

Campus: UBC Vancouver and Okanagan
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Oct. 14, 2022 (Closed)

Open Access Fund for Humanities and Social Sciences Research (OA): Supports open access charges to make research (journal articles, books, book chapters) openly accessible in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-aligned fields.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Special call (2 years)
Deadline: Sept. 1, the Fund takes applications through the academic year until funding is depleted

Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE): Broadening access to, and enhancing, undergraduate research experiences.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: UBC Strategic Plan one time special call
Deadline/Status: Closed & completed

Research Facility Support Grants (RFSG): To provide funding for the operation, maintenance, repairs or upgrades of equipment used in UBC facilities to support research.

Campus: UBC Okanagan
Type of call: One time special call
Deadline: Oct. 24, 2022 (Closed)

Scholarly Publication Fund (SPF): Assists with the costs of book or journal publishing in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-aligned fields.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Special call (3 years)
Deadline: Oct.  15, Dec. 15, March 15, and June 15 (rolling)

Shared Research Facility Development Program: a two-stage process that will evaluate proposals for new shared research facilities on UBC’s Okanagan campus, including the new Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Innovation (ICI) building. 

Campus: UBC Okanagan
Type of call: Special call
Deadline: Closed & completed


Core area: Transformative Learning

Advancing Education Renewal (AER): To facilitate sustained program renewal, improve teaching effectiveness, and reimagine and strengthen the graduate program.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: UBC Strategic Plan one time special call
Deadline/Status: Closed & Completed

Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund (ALT-2040): Accelerate curricular transformations envisioned in Outlook 2040. This fund supports projects that focus on developing and implementing strategic curricular innovations that have program-level impact.

Campus: UBC Okanagan
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Nov. 22, 2021 (Closed)

Climate Education Grants: Provides up to $5,000 to UBC Vancouver and Okanagan faculty members to incorporate climate change content and teaching approaches into existing undergraduate and graduate courses.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: One-time special call
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2022 (Closed)

CTLT Spring Institute:  CTLT invites proposals that demonstrate purposeful innovation in teaching practices, educational research, student services, and learning technology to support student success and experiences.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: March 7, 2022 (Closed)

Global Fund: Provides grants for student-led initiatives concerned with issues of global citizenship, like social justice, international development, anti-racism, sustainability and intercultural understanding.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Special call
Deadline: Ongoing (monthly rounds): Jan 8, 2023; Feb. 5, 2023; Mar. 5, 2023

Sustainability Education Grants: provides funding for Vancouver faculty members looking to advance and diversify sustainability education opportunities for students across campus in all disciplines.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Special call
Deadline/Status: Spring 2023

Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching Grant (ITTG): Development of enhanced interdisciplinary content delivery for existing courses to apply for funding and central support resources through this call

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: One time special call
Deadline/Status: Closed & completed

Continuous Learning Advancement Fund (CLAF): Supports the creation, renewal and expansion of non-degree learning opportunities at UBC Vancouver

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Open call
Deadline:  LOI due May 10, 2022. Proposal deadline July 27 2022 (Closed)

Open Educational Resources Fund (OER) Implementation Grant: Supports affordable and inclusive access to learning materials; provides funding and staff support to UBC faculty who wish to incorporate open educational resources as the required materials into their UBCV undergraduate credit courses.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Special call (4 years)
Deadline: Jan 19, 2023 (Closed)

Open Educational Resources Fund (OER) Rapid Innovation Grant: Provides funding to UBC Vancouver students, faculty and staff for a wide range of innovative activities and events that increase OER development, awareness, and capacity building.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Special call (4 years)
Deadline/Status: Rolling

So TL Seed Program (SoTL): Provides graduate research assistants, collegial collaborations, and complementary funding for projects, for faculty interested in exploring and understanding the impact of their pedagogical choices.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: next call for proposals will open in April, 2023

So TL Dissemination Fund (SoTL): The fund supports dissemination of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), in publications that describe research on teaching and learning in higher education with direct implications for UBC. Funds may be used toward publishing fees or conference registration and travel costs.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Rolling basis (Applications are reviewed once a month and notifications are sent by the 15th of the following month)

Sustainability Scholars Program: To provide a unique educational experience for UBC graduate level students through funded sustainability-related applied research projects.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: One time special call
Deadline: Jan. 29, 2023 (Closed)

Students as Partners (SaP) fund: Funded through the Student Support Initiative, Students as Partners fund is available to further student-faculty partnerships in course redesign. These grants support UBC Vancouver undergraduate students working in partnerships with faculty to redesign UBCV undergraduate courses. Up to 40 projects will be funded between 2022-2024.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Special call (2 years)
Deadline/Status: Feb. 24, 2023 (Open)

Large TLEF Transformation Projects (TLEF Large): Large TLEF Transformation projects are multi-year projects that are intended to advance UBC’s strategic goals relating to transformative learning. Large TLEF projects typically aspire to impact multiple courses or programs.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Open call
Deadline/Status: LOI deadline in July 2022 (Closed)

Small TLEF Innovation projects (TLEF Small): These projects are grassroots projects that are intended to support experimentation with pedagogical approaches that have strong potential to enhance the experiences of learners. They are typically smaller in scope and scale than large TLEF.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Open call
Deadline/Status: November 2022 (Closed)

Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal (UPER): Supports departments in reframing undergraduate academic program design in terms of learning outcomes and competencies.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: One time special call
Deadline: Closed & completed

Walter H. Gage Memorial Fund: Provides financial support for non-curricular student projects and activities that enhance the University’s reputation and have broad interest to students at UBC.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Ongoing


Core area: Local and Global Engagement

Advancing Community Engaged Learning Fund: The grants are intended for the development, innovation, evaluation, and improvement of approaches, resources and systems that enable community engaged learning to grow and sustain as a practice at UBC.

Campus: UBC Vancouver
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Ongoing

Chapman and Innovation Grants (C&I): Designed to help students work with a community partner to test a new idea and take initiative in tackling issues affecting under-represented populations in their local communities.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2023 (Open)

Community-University Engagement Support Fund (CUES): CUES us a competitive funding program that provides successful recipients at charitable organizations in BC to build partnerships and pursue shared projects with UBC. This funding supports the partners behind collaborative research, teaching, and learning projects that benefit communities across the province.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Open call
Deadline/Status: LOI – Oct. 21, 2022; Application: Jan. 3, 2023 (Closed)

Connect to Community Grant (C2C): Offers UBC students the opportunity to create and implement a meaningful project in partnership with a local not-for-profit community organization.

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2023 (Open)

Indigenous Strategic Initiative (ISI) Fund: To support projects that advance UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan priority actions across both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Special call for Indigenous Strategic Plan
Deadline: LOI for steam 1 & 2 – Jan. 6, 2023 (Closed); Application- April 2023 (only successful LOIs) Stream 3 – Jan. 6, 2023 (Closed)

Partnership Recognition and Exploration Fund (PRE): This fund is designed to help fill small resource gaps and empower community partners to build reciprocal relationships with UBC students, faculty, and staff. 

Campus: Cross-campus
Type of call: Open call
Deadline: 31 December 2022 or available funds are exhausted


Please note the list above does not include award, bursary, scholarship, or funding from the industry, government, organization, or Tri-Agency.

if you are a call administrator with any questions, please contact: strategic.plan@ubc.ca.