The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia (RUCBC) represents the interests of BC’s research universities. RUCBC’s mandate is to identify issues facing the universities, provide system wide leadership in the development of relevant public policy and communicate on behalf of the university system. RUCBC also provides a coordinating forum for its member universities and acts as a provincial focal point for working with the Government of British Columbia and provincial or national bodies associated with universities.

RUCBC works with and on behalf of its members to improve the quality, accessibility and coordination of university education in British Columbia. The Council provides a single voice on behalf of the six major universities on public policy issues including funding, research, accountability, admissions and transfer. RUCBC is funded by the member universities.

The six university presidents are the members of the Council and the Chair of RUCBC is selected from these members. Dr. Brett Fairbairn, President, Thompson Rivers University, is the current Chair for RUCBC. RUCBC also has three Vice-Presidents Committees (Academic, Research and Finance) as well as a number of standing committees that meet as needed (e.g., Institutional Analysis, Human Resources, etc.).

Staff of RUCBC include the President, a Vice-President, who is also the Executive Director of the University Public Sector Employers’ Association, an Executive Director of Policy & Research, and an Executive Administrative Assistant.

SBC is hosting a webinar on November 3 for new and experienced users of Sanger sequencing. [...]

A group of researchers has developed a noninvasive way to prescreen for COVID that’s quick, easily accessible, and discreet. [...]

The UBC Collaborative Research Mobility Awards (CRMA) program is now open again. It provides up to $5000 to support new or existing research partnerships between UBC researchers in the Okanagan and Vancouver. Faculty members from all disciplines are invited to apply. Funding may be used to cover travel and accommodation costs associated with meetings, accessing specialized equipment, or other partnership activities.   [...]

Full applications for the 2022/23 GCRC competition must be submitted through UBC Research + Innovation Apply. NOI must have been previsouly submitted by November 1, 2021. [...]

Cluster leads must submit a notice of intent to apply through the VP Research & Innovation’s enhanced online application system at https://apply.research.ubc.ca by November 1, 2021. An NOI is required but not adjudicated. It is used internally to plan review panels and coordinate potentially overlapping applications.  [...]

Information sessions will be held via Zoom for researchers interested in applting to this year's GCRC competition. October 19: 9:30-11am [...]

Information sessions will be held via Zoom for researchers interested in applting to this year's GCRC competition. October 6: 10-11:30am [...]

This competition is open to emerging and established clusters of research excellence in all disciplines on the Vancouver campus, and we welcome applications from both previously funded and new clusters. NOI: November 1, 201.  Info sessions on October 6 and 19. [...]

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) funding through the 2021 Convening & Collaborating (C2) and Reach competitions will create pathways from research evidence to impact and help ensure that cutting-edge health research can directly improve the health of British Columbians and BC’s health system.  These collaborative teams consisting of researchers, trainees, and research users are investigating a wide range of research areas that address health challenges facing many populations in BC. [...]

UBC is developing a Research Data Management (RDM) strategy to align with the Tri-Agency Policy on RDM, UBC’s strategic plan and the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan. The strategy will inform the future of RDM at UBC by focusing on the priorities of the research community. [...]

All UBC researchers are invited to attend UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC) for a virtual information session on Friday, October 15, 2021, 1pm-2pm [...]

Six Thompson Rivers University (TRU) researchers received $675,000 through the federal Discovery Grants. [...]

A TRU Master of Nursing student passionate about improving mental-health services for Indigenous people has received research funding so she can create change that will benefit others in the Secwépemc Nation. [...]

Beyond the physical and mental health benefits parks provide, do we understand their true value? TRU students are finding parks hold much more value than we perceive. [...]

As an open-access research university, TRU students and faculty have long been engaged in research. But we don’t often get the chance to see research as it's happening. [...]

Eleven exceptional natural science and engineering undergrads have been awarded $7500 scholarships to conduct research over the summer. [...]

New funds from the federal government through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation will enable a world-class genomic research lab at Thompson Rivers University. [...]

Graduate students Wendy Margett, Chloe Howarth, Hannah Allen, and Breanne McAmmond have been awarded $15,000 BC Graduate Scholarships. [...]

The B.C. Ministry of Health is investing in B.C. Interior research universities to understand the harmful effects of COVID-19 and mitigate its impact on communities across the province. [...]

Dr. Ehsan Latif was invited to speak to the Standing Committee on Health to share findings from his research. [...]