Research News

June 18, 2018 – Note from Dr. Gail Murphy, Vice-President Research & Innovation and Dr. Matthew Evenden, Associate Dean Research & Graduate Studies:

Dear colleagues,
This note follows from the special meeting held on April 16, 2018 to consider ways in which the university can provide additional support to researchers in the Humanities. Once again, thank you for participating in the lively discussion. Since that time, conversations have continued and we wanted to update you on plans to address some of the concerns raised.

In the coming months a committee will be struck to explore potential new areas of support for scholarship in the Humanities. This could include programs which provide funding for seminar groups and publication costs. The committee will also consider the idea and potential of a Humanities Institute. The aim will be to consult widely as these discussions unfold.

With regard to the existing clusters program, VPRI will continue to encourage applications from scholars in the Humanities. Changes will be made to some of the adjudication processes to better align reviewer expertise with the subject area of proposals and to provide clearer guidelines on assessment criteria. For those interested in applying for cluster funding, Arts will make small seed funding grants available to help cover early organizational and planning costs. The SPARC office will also offer ‘test your cluster concept’ sessions. News about these opportunities will follow.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or advice to share.

Gail & Matthew

Gail C. Murphy, PhD, FRSC
Vice-President Research & Innovation
Professor, Computer Science
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver Campus | xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Traditional Territory
6328 Memorial Road | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2
Phone 604 822 4813 | Fax 604 822 6295

Matthew Evenden
Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts
Professor, Department of Geography
University of British Columbia
Direct line: 604-822-4074

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The Faculty of Arts would like to announce several changes in our research administration and facilitation services. 

Many of you will know and appreciate the work of Pam Forsberg who has been at UBC since 2010 serving in research administration in a shared appointment between the Faculty of Arts and the Office of Research Services (ORS).  

We are pleased to announce the secondment of the research facilitation position 100% into the Faculty of Arts.  This will increase the level of research facilitation and support available to faculty applying for Tri-council and other grants and enhance support for programs like the Canada Research Chairs and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

In addition, our ORS partners have generously committed to increase research facilitation and support in Arts by providing enhanced access to SPARC team members through site visits and regular outreach activities in the Faculty.  We anticipate a greater connection between SPARC services and Arts researchers.    

What changes will this bring to signature policy?  Grants will still need to be signed by the Dean, and grants should be dropped off at the Dean’s office as in the past.  However, UBC institutional signature will now be conducted by the ORS office. During peak submission windows, ORS will also have staff located conveniently within the Faculty to provide the required institutional endorsement. However, as has always been the case, we cannot guarantee institutional signature if grants are submitted after the ORS internal deadline.   Please be reminded of the internal deadlines for signature posted on the ORS website: 

We are thrilled to have Pam Forsberg as a full member of the Arts team and look forward to enhanced research facilitation for the Faculty of Arts.