Virtual Roundtables

This application call closed on June 1, 2020. 

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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Institute has temporarily suspended funding new International Research Roundtables that involve international travel and in-person meetings.

The program call for 2021 Virtual Roundtables has closed.  Please subscribe to our monthly newsletter for information on future program calls.

 

  • The Institute supports Virtual Roundtables using online meeting formats to minimize travel and aviation-related carbon emissions. 
  • Awards up to $10,000 available.
  • Virtual Roundtables should aim for rapid response research outcomes.
  • Award funds may be used to cover: virtual meeting technology and setup; Roundtable coordinator stipend; communications support to engage media and decision makers; honoraria for non-academic participants; undergraduate and graduate student participation. 
  • Digital forms of knowledge mobilization to engage relevant audiences (e.g., hosting virtual townhall or webinar, video production) are also eligible.
  • Travel expenses, computer hardware and direct research costs are not eligible.
  • Canadian and international scholars are eligible to apply; however, one principal investigator must be a UBC faculty member who will be responsible for administering the award.

Adjudication Criteria

  • Importance and relevance of Virtual Roundtable topic. (15%)
  • Potential of proposed work to advance knowledge in relation to pandemics and other global crises, as well as to how society can be made more resilient to such crises. (20%)
  • Range of interdisciplinarity and diversity of disciplines. (20%)
  • Inclusion of international scholars and non-academic participants. (10%)
  • Engagement of relevant decision makers at different levels of government. (15%)
  • Feasibility and specificity of target outcomes.  (20%)

 

  • Preference will be given to proposals that aim to advance research knowledge in relation to pandemics and their broader societal implications.  Other research topics will also be considered.
  • The Virtual Roundtable must offer a unique opportunity for collaboration among scholars of diverse disciplines, and draw on knowledge and evidence from multiple perspectives.
  • Virtual Roundtables must propose specific outcomes with short timelines for completion.
  • We seek outcomes such as rapid publications that include policy recommendations, to be published on the PWIAS website prior to being submitted to academic journals.
  • Other outcomes can include digital forms of communications, such as videos and online seminars, aimed at engaging public policy makers at different levels of government.
  • Roundtables can also lead to opportunities for new research activity and submission of major grant proposals.

Other expectations

  • Virtual Roundtables can afford opportunities for UBC graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to participate.
  • Principal investigators are required to submit a summary report on how objectives and outcomes were achieved.  
  • Publications must acknowledge the support of the Peter Wall Institute, and will be posted on the Institute's web site prior to being submitted to an academic journal.
  • Submission of three (3) page application.  See guidelines.
  • Once an award is confirmed, we will require a completed Research Project Information Form (RPIF), which can be downloaded on the UBC Office of Research Services website.

For further information, please contact: Bernadette Mah, Program Manager, at: internationalprograms@pwias.ubc.ca