COVID 19: Status of PWIAS Activities. Updated January 2021

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With the recent update from BC Health restricting social gatherings until Feb 8, 2021, the Institute has suspended any on-site group meetings at this time. The Institute remains closed to the public.

More information about UBC's overall COVID-19 response can be found on the UBC website on this page

Nov 30, 2020

The PWIAS COVID safety plan was updated to reflect UBC's updated policy regarding use of the BC Thrive app. The PWIAS COVID-19 Safety Plan is available here.

Sept 27, 2020

We've updated our workplace safety plan to reflect UBC's policy on wearing masks in shared indoor spaces. 

August 26, 2020

The Peter Wall Institute has received approval to re-open the PWIAS facilities with restricted access for essential in-person work activities.  


Virtual Roundtables under our International Research Roundtables program

Virtual Roundtables will support interdisciplinary working groups comprised of international scholars and non-academic participants, drawn from multiple disciplines. Preference will be given to proposals that aim to advance knowledge in relation to pandemics and their broader societal implications. Projects must propose specific outcomes with short timelines for completion. We are particularly interested in outcomes such as rapid publications that include policy recommendations, to be published on the PWIAS website; as well as digital forms of communications, such as videos and online seminars, aimed at engaging public policy makers at different levels of government. Awards up to $10,000 available.  The application call opens May 1, 2020 and the deadline for applications will be June 1, 2020.   The Institute is aiming to provide a rapid review for these applications. Funding decisions on applications received by May 15 will be made by June 1.  Funding decisions on applications received by June 1 will be made by June 15.  Further calls may be announced based on funding availability.

COVID-19 Solutions under our Wall Solutions Initiative

We seek projects exploring immediate solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences to society.  Preference will be given to proposals with short timelines for completion of 3-6 months. Proposed outcomes should be aimed at implementation or adoption of the proposed solution through practice or policy.  Projects are expected to demonstrate active participation and engagement with appropriate end-users, policy makers or community partners. Digital forms of knowledge mobilization are eligible for support.  Awards up to $20,000 are available. The application call opens May 1, 2020 and the deadline for applications will be June 1, 2020.  Funding decisions will be made by June 30. Further calls may be announced based on funding availability.


The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies has launched a call for applications to fund new working groups to produce rapid publications in relation to COVID-19. Up to $10,000 will be awarded to interdisciplinary teams to work on evidence-based recommendations that draw on knowledge from multiple disciplines, including Economics, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Data Science, Epidemiology, Public Policy, Ethics, Humanities, and Law.

We recognize the challenges of the current research environment and the difficulties that may be posed to applicants applying to our regular programs. In response to the rapidly changing circumstances, we have postponed the application deadlines for the 2020 International Research Roundtable and Wall Solutions Initiative programs to June 1, 2020. We are closely monitoring the situation and will post further updates as more information becomes available. For more information, please contact the Program Manager at


March 25, 2020

In light of current restrictions on international travel and research activities at UBC (see, we are considering a possible deferment of the 2020 International Research Roundtables and Wall Solutions program calls. Updates on these programs calls will be posted soon.

We are also preparing to release a new PWIAS funding call for COVID-19 Rapid Publication Working Groups. The call will be posted on our website in the following days.


March 16, 2020

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) is closely monitoring and responding to COVID-19 UBC policy changes as they are announced. Beginning March 16, PWIAS staff will be working remotely and will be available by email or for virtual meetings via Zoom or Skype. Please visit for contact information.

The following changes have been made to our programming schedule:

  • All March events have been cancelled. To check on the status of other upcoming events, please go to our website’s listing of the event or follow us on Twitter for updates.
  • In-person Wall Scholar activities have been temporarily suspended.
  • The 2020 International Research Roundtables are in the process of being rescheduled and further announcements will be made by the organizers.
  • Theme Development Workshop proposals are not being reviewed at this time.

Application deadlines for the 2020/21 academic year remain unchanged:

  • International Research Roundtables: May 1, 2020.
  • Wall Solutions: May 1, 2020.
  • International Visiting Research Scholars: Applications are currently under review.
  • The call for 2021 Wall Scholars will be announced in August 2020.