Funding Opportunities


Centre for Blood Research – School of Biomedical Engineering Summer Studentship Award

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with the Centre for Blood Research (CBR) to expand their successful Summer Student Research Program to SBME Faculty. SBME Postdoctoral Fellows/Research Associates or Faculty are invited to apply for awards on behalf of undergraduate or medical students to support a summer research studentship.

This program will include a stipend for the student, and mandatory programming such as tours, skills sessions, social events and participation in the CBR Research Day. More information will be released as the dates are confirmed, but as an example, the previous calendar of events can be found at the CBR Undergraduate Research Program site.

To apply:

If you are a PDF please see the PDF/RA application Form.

If you are a Faculty Member/Associate Member please see the Faculty Application Form.

As an undergraduate student, there are two options to apply:

  1. Contact an SBME Faculty Member or a Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate that you are interested in working with.
    It is good practice to send them your CV, cover letter and/or statement of interest.
  2. If you cannot find a Faculty Member or a PDF/RA, apply through a general application*:
    ubmit your CV and Letter of Interest by March 15, 2019** to A Letter of Interest (1 page maximum) should describe your relevant accomplishments, interests, and career goals. Maximum length for CV is 2 pages.

*Most summer students are hired through contacting the PIs directly. Only a small proportion get in through a general application.

**Student general application deadline updated on February 11, 2019.

For more information, please contact Nicole Rosin (SBME Research Manager: or Stefanie Mak (CBR Education Program Manager;

External Funding Opportunities

A number of UBC Faculties publish up to date lists of upcoming grant opportunities and deadlines. The Faculty of Science publishes a comprehensive list of national, provincial and topic specific agencies on their website, and it is a great place to watch for upcoming opportunities.

Useful UBC grant and award sites
Faculty of Science - Grant Deadlines
Faculty of Medicine - Grant Deadlines
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Faculty of Applied Science - Grant Deadlines
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Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity

Each funding agency has a variety of information available about the specific requirements and guidelines for their own funding competitions. Compiled here are links to common national, provincial and topic specific agencies for reference.

National Government FundedProvincial/LocalTopic Specific
National Sciences and Engineering Research CouncilGenome BCHeart and Stroke Foundation
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Michael Smith Foundation for Health ResearchDiabetes Canada
Canadian Foundation for InnovationBC Innovation CouncilAlzheimer Society
Western Economic Development FundVancouver Coastal Health Research InstituteStem Cell Network
(Trainee Funding)
Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Cancer Society
Rare Diseases Models and Mechanisms Network