UBC Science Strategic Innovation Fund

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Investing in our people and ideas in order to achieve our strategic priorities and improve our world through science

To advance the plan’s objectives, UBC Science allocates a strategic fund of up to $300,000 a year. Each year, core areas of focus are developed by the UBC Science community to guide investments. All members of our community are invited to submit proposals. Faculty and staff, as individuals or groups/departments, as well as UBC-recognized student groups representing our community, are eligible to submit proposals identifying and articulating a strategic project requiring investment that advances one or more strategic plan strategies. These projects should be aligned with the current year’s priorities. Proposals are not intended to fund individual research projects or to develop new educational programs.

Next call for proposals

It is anticipated that there will be two calls for proposals for the Strategic Innovation Fund each year.

  • Next deadline: October 2021

Creating a proposal

  1. Review the strategic plan and the current year’s areas of focus.
  2. Identify and articulate a strategic project requiring investment that advances one or more strategic plan strategies, or potentially spans categories.
  3. Develop a budget allocation request, collaborating with appropriate leadership at the unit level.
  4. Submit a proposal online.

Allocation criteria and considerations

A dedicated advisory group will use the following criteria to recommend proposal selection and prioritization to the Dean of Science. The Dean will consider the group's assessment in light of these criteria to make the final decisions.

  • Investment proposals must support strategic priorities, specifically current annual priority areas.
  • Proposals must be requests for one-time or term-limited funding, not recurring funding.
  • Proposals must not fund individual research projects or develop new educational programs in UBC Science. They should not reproduce other sources of funding available at UBC.
  • Consideration will be given to proposals that seek to develop cross-unit approaches to advancing strategic priorities, focusing on the greatest benefit for the greatest number of people.
  • Proposals should be clearly feasible within the allotted timeframes and produce a lasting benefit to UBC Science. The work that will be undertaken using the SIF funding should be clearly explained, and its objectives clear.
  • Additional funding sources should be leveraged where appropriate, and consideration given to long-term opportunities to support initiatives.
  • SIF awardees will be asked to provide a report at the end of the proposal period that summarizes their activities and how they advanced the UBC Science Strategic Plan.

Advisory group terms of reference and composition

  • The advisory group recommends to the Dean of Science how to allocate the Strategic Innovation Fund to appropriate proposals, according to the allocation criteria.
  • They review proposals in a fair and unbiased manner.
  • The group reviews the status of successful applications and recommends to the Dean whether to extend the term of the funding based on progress, as needed.
  • The group calls for proposals and meets to review and rank proposals. There should be two proposal calls per year.
  • The Dean’s Office supports the group by managing the proposal call, review, and selection process, and ensuring that decisions and action items are recorded and acted on.