Events & Workshops

Find details on information sessions and workshops on Tri-Council grant opportunities, as well as upcoming research conferences.

SPARC offers a variety of research-related workshops throughout the year to new and experienced faculty members at UBC. Their workshop schedule is organized by grant competition. Check out their annual workshop schedule:

Upcoming Events:

Grant Training Center: Professional Grant Development Workshop

Date: May 12-13, 2016
Location: UBC Vancouver Campus
Time: 8:30AM – 4:30PM
Cost: $535 USD

This interactive workshop is perfect for:

  • Those who want to strengthen their grant writing skills
  • Beginners who want to acquire the proven techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals

You will learn how to:

  • Write proposals that reach the top of competitions
  • Present a compelling Need Statement
  • Navigate the world of grant procurement
  • Understand proposal writing guidelines
  • Prepare for the evaluation process
  • Search for foundation and corporate giving opportunities

During this workshop, you will design an abstract, grant design, and budget for your next project. Upon completion, you will be fully prepared for the entire grant application process and have a head start toward success.

Alternative forms of this workshop are available online here, or in a three-week online course here.

For more information, please visit this website, or call 1-866-704-7268.

2016 CARA National Conference

The annual conference provides a chance to acknowledge, capture and celebrate the innovative topics and comprehensive approach to research administration. As in the past, we offer a diverse program of workshops, a poster competition, awards and recognition ceremony.  This year we will be adding a new conversational stream of roundtable sessions focusing on topics that our members identify as important. We will also be adding an ‘ask the expert’ stream during which we will set up one-on-one meeting for members with experts in specific areas of research administration.

Date: May 1-4, 2016
Location: Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC

Please visit the CARA website for registration and for the full event schedule.

Note: The Westin Bayshore is fully booked for the duration of the CARA conference. Please consider booking with other nearby hotels that may have availability.


Faculty of Arts SSHRC Workshop for Humanities Researchers

Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016, 12:00 – 2:00pm.
Venue: Buchanan Penthouse

The Faculty of Arts in Collaboration with the SPARC office will present a SSHRC workshop specifically for Humanities applicants. Researchers in the humanities who have sat on SSHRC Insight Grant Adjudication committees will offer advice on best approaches and how to avoid common problems. SPARC research development officers and the Arts grant facilitator will be available to respond to questions and describe support services.

To register, please contact Pam Forsberg at


Professor Siân Echard
Department of English
Professor Scott Anderson
Department of Philosophy


ARMA Annual Conference 2016

The ARMA conference provides delegates with opportunities for professional development, the sharing of best practices, and networking with colleagues.

Date: June 6-8, 2016
Venue: Birmingham Hilton Metropole

Conference programming includes sessions on: proposal development, information management, policy and governance, postgraduate research, project lifetime, service organisation and delivery, SIG, and translation.

For more information please visit the ARMA Annual Conference website.