New Mitacs Globalink Research Award


Recently launched, the Research Award helps faculty and students at Canadian universities deepen the research links between Canadian and international educational institutions.

  • Up to $5,000 for student travel expenses from Canada
  • 12- to 24-week research projects at accredited universities in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey or Vietnam
  • Open to full-time senior undergraduate & graduate students
  • Open to all disciplines
  • Contact for more information

Mitacs recommends applicants submit applications by June 13, 2014, for projects starting in September 2014

World Food Prize Nominations


The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. The World Food Prize is awarded for a specific, exceptionally significant, individual achievement at any point along the full range of the food production and distribution chain including, but not limited to: soil and land; plant and animal science; food science and technology; nutrition; rural development; marketing; food processing and packaging; water and the environment; natural resource conservation; physical infrastructure; transportation and distribution; special or extraordinary feeding programs; social organization and poverty elimination; economics and finance; policy analysis; and public advocacy.

Award amount: USD $250,000

To submit a nomination, please visit this form. The next round of nominations will be due May 1, 2014.

Full nomination guidelines are available at

Call for Proposals: Equity Enhancement Fund


The Equity Enhancement Fund was established to provide funding for new initiatives designed to enhance equity at UBC. The initiatives may be for the benefit of students, faculty or staff. There are separate funds for the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. This announcement relates to the Vancouver fund.

The Vancouver funds are allocated by the Acting Associate Vice President Equity, in consultation with the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Equity and Diversity.  Proposals applying for funding up to $25,000 will be considered.  The funding is available to any academic or administrative unit with the endorsement of the head of unit. The deadline for submission of proposals is March 31, 2014.

The Guidelines for the Fund and an Application Guide are available at  If you have any questions about this Fund, please email  For submission of proposals, please email Paras Deacon at

In 2013, a total of $69,920.00 was approved for the following initiatives on the Vancouver campus:

  • Faculty of Education – Professional Development and Mentoring Strategies for Engaging in the Practice of Indigenous Education in Teacher Education, Language and Literacy Education.  The objective of this joint partnership is to engage the Aboriginal community in formalizing concepts for working with Indigenous knowledge and utilizing learning pedagogies in order to assist instructors in their teaching practice and methods.
  • Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy – Inclusive Campus: promoting equity in the participation of students with disabilities in health and human service professional programs.  The overall objective of this multi-phase project is to facilitate the creation of an inclusive UBC campus for students with disabilities in the health and human service professional programs. The objective of the first phase (current application) is to better understand the barriers and facilitators for students with disabilities in the health and human service professional programs and identify initial educational strategies and resources to better support students with disabilities.
  • School of Social Work – Educational Equity Strategic Action Plan.  The goal of this project, approved by the School Council, is to develop a comprehensive and progressive educational equity policy and plan for the School that addresses employment, student recruitment and admission, teaching and learning.
  • Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences and The First Nations House of Learning – Emerging Aboriginal Scholars.  This project is designed to meet the objectives of the Aboriginal Strategic plan, in particular, the goal of engaging with Aboriginal students at a younger age.  An immediate benefit will be an increase in secondary completion and post-secondary awareness and comfort for Aboriginal youth.
  • Life Sciences Institute – Graduate Student Association (LSI-GSA) – Enhancing equality for Aboriginal students through CSI@LSI outreach initiatives.  The objective of this outreach program is to provide secondary school students, in particular students from rural areas of British Columbia, and students from schools with large aboriginal populations, with hands-on laboratory experience, career information and answers to questions about science, in order to inspire educational and career choices in life sciences research and related fields.
  • Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology – Knowing Our History HERE: Place Based Educational Resources to better understand Indigenous presence on UBC Vancouver campus.  The overall objective of this study is To advance knowledge of local Indigenous histories on campus and support the development of inclusive teaching, learning and living environments for all students by digitally revitalizing UBC’s historical events that impact Aboriginal student life on campus, showcasing an array of UBC’s relationships with First Nations, and engaging all students to participate in locating their place within this intercultural history.

Dr. Karl C. Ivarson Scholarship for graduate students in soil science and related studies


Deadline for Application – January 17, 2014

Each year, through the Dr. Karl C. Ivarson Scholarship, financial support is provided to a student(s) entering second or subsequent year of graduate studies in soil science (in areas of agriculture, environment, geology, agro-ecology or other related disciplines) at a Canadian university. Candidates must hold Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residence status in Canada and be enrolled in their graduate program for at least one semester beyond the application deadline.

Two scholarships of $5,000 each will be offered in 2014.

Scholarships are awarded on the following basis, but not necessarily placed in order of importance:

  1. Academic achievement
  2. Areas of study
  3. Leadership
  4. Career interests
  5. Letters of recommendation

This scholarship was created by Dr. Karl C. Ivarson through a gift to the Agricultural Institute of Canada Foundation and is administered by the Foundation. 2014 Application Guidelines and Application Form can be found at

Innovative Dissemination of Research Award (Deadline Extension)


Established by the UBC Library in 2010, this Award focuses on new and innovative ways of communicating and disseminating knowledge. The Award honors UBC faculty, staff and students who are expanding the boundaries of research through the creative use of new tools and technologies that enhance the research findings being disseminated. The nomination deadline is 5pm on November 29, 2013.

What is meant by research findings?

“Research findings” is meant to be interpreted broadly and to encompass a range of scholarly activity including educational, knowledge translation and other research tools such as altmetrics. The committee will focus on the innovative vehicle used for dissemination, specifically on how that vehicle enhances the impact of the research findings.

Who is eligible?

All faculty, staff, and students of the University are eligible.


Given the nature of the award, the committee will consider nominees by reviewing each in light of a series of questions.

  • How is this format different from what has happened in your discipline in the past?
  • Does the dissemination model for the information significantly enhance the audience experience?
  • Does the dissemination model suggest new ways of applying the knowledge by the manner in which it is packaged?
  • Does the dissemination model for the information engage/attract a different audience in the use of material?
  • Does the vehicle merge forms of communication in new ways to give the recipient enhanced options? – video, text, images, software manipulations etc.


The award consists of a framed certificate of recognition and a $2,000 cash prize.

Nomination Procedure

All UBC faculty, staff, and students may nominate themselves or others as candidates for the Library Innovative Dissemination of Research Award. Complete the attached form. Add any additional information which you believe the committee would find helpful. Ensure that you have included a mechanism for reviewing the actual material such as a URL or copy of the research vehicle.

Visit the Award website for additional information.