Strategy 6: Collaborative Clusters

Enable interdisciplinary clusters of research excellence in pursuit of societal impact

We are investing in and supporting emerging and established research clusters that consist of networks of diverse researchers working in pursuit of common aims. An initial pilot program to support clusters through the UBC Academic Excellence Funds has already enhanced collaborations in areas such as green infrastructure and global challenges to democracy. UBC Health is facilitating collaboration in cross-cutting health research, including Indigenous health, mental health and diabetes. Building on these successes, we are providing researchers with the support needed to collaborate internally across UBC and externally with local and global partners. A key component of this strategy is enhanced research funding to attract postdoctoral fellows and faculty in order to strengthen our impact through these clusters.