Wall Solutions

Our 2020 Wall Solution Initiative Awardees have been announced. Scroll down to link through to their profiles.

In 2020, the Wall Solutions program explores immediate solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences to society. Preference was given to proposals with short timelines for completion of 3-6 months and with outcomes aimed at implementation or adoption of the proposed solution through practice or policy.  Selected projects demonstrate active participation and engagement with appropriate end-users, policy makers or community partners.  The COVID-19 Wall Solutions awards for 2020 are listed below.

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The Wall Solutions Initiative provides opportunities for University of British Columbia researchers, community organizations and partners to work collaboratively towards solutions. The fundamental aim of the Wall Solutions Initiative is to harness high-level research to the practical needs of local, national or international community partners; in some cases this may require additional research or even open up new research questions, but the emphasis is on finding creative solutions to our most pressing and complicated problems. The Institute welcomes projects with a transformative vision. Some examples of issues being addressed include, impacts of climate change, socio-economic inequality, health care delivery, food and water security, cleaner energy options, challenges in rural communities, etc.

Wall Solutions projects will focus on achievement of 'solutions', and may include activities beyond the scope of traditional research funding. Where a feasible solution already exists, the project should propose new approaches to overcome remaining issues that are preventing the implementation or adoption of the solution through practice or policy.  Projects are expected to demonstrate active participation and engagement with appropriate end-user and/or community partner(s).

 

Principal investigators must be full-time UBC faculty in grant/tenure track positions (i.e. Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor). Clinical Professors are also eligible. Other faculty levels who may be independent researchers, adjunct professors, or instructors are not eligible as principal applicants but may be co-investigators. 

  • Local, national or international community partners are eligible co-applicants.
  • Topics addressed may impact communities locally or globally.
  • Specific goals should be achievable within short time frame preferred, e.g. 3-6 months.  Longer term outcomes will be considered if rationale is provided.
  • Plan for implementation and adoption of proposed solution through practice and policy is required.
  • Digital and other forms of knowledge mobilization are eligible for support.

Adjudication Criteria

  • Importance and relevance of issue raised by COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences to society.
  • Potential of proposed research activity to address the specific issue and benefit the community.
  • Participation and engagement of appropriate end-users, policy makers and community partners.
  • Plan for implementation and adoption of proposed 'solution' through practice and policy. 
  • Feasibility and timeline of proposed outcome(s).  Goals should be achievable within 3-6 months; longer term outcomes considered if rationale provided.

 

a) Funding of Awards

COVID-19 Solutions awards will be funded through the Wall Solutions Initiative. The Principal Investigator is responsible for the conduct of the research project, compliance with UBC research policies, and submission of progress and financial reports.

b) Reporting and Review of Progress

Renewal of projects will only be considered if funds are available. A written report must be submitted following completion of the project.

A completed financial report must be submitted with the progress report. Reporting templates will be provided.

c)  Change in Direction of Work

Any substantive changes in the direction of work must be justified and reviewed in advance with the Program Manager.

d)  Acknowledgment and Publication

Publications must acknowledge support from the Wall Solutions Initiative. Publication expenses may be supported from the Award.

e)  Intellectual Property

All relevant disclosures, publications and publicity regarding the work should acknowledge support from the Wall Solutions Initiative. Award recipients should contact UBC’s University Industry Liaison Office (UILO) for guidance on protection of patentable or copyrightable intellectual property, where appropriate.

The Wall Solutions Initiative supports innovative research projects aimed towards practical solutions to societal problems. In situations where a large part of the research has been completed, the project challenge may be to develop innovative ways to overcome issues of implementation or adoption into practice. Proposals must demonstrate active participation with a proposed community or end-user partner to achieve its objectives. Local, national or international community partners are eligible co-applicants.

  • Specific goals achievable within short time frame preferred, e.g. 3-6 months.  Longer term outcomes will be considered if rationale is provided.
  • Plan for implementation and adoption of proposed solution through practice and policy is required.
  • Digital and other forms of knowledge mobilization are eligible for support.

COVID-19 Solutions awards will be funded up to $20,000 for direct research costs.  Eligible expenses include: stipends for research assistant(s), honoraria for non-academic research participants; costs for data collection, online surveys, data analysis; research materials; expenses incurred by community partners; digital formats for knowledge mobilization such as videos and webinars, etc.

 

UBC Point Grey and UBC Okanagan award recipients/principal investigators must assure compliance with institutional guidelines for conduct of research involving human subjects or animal studies,and diligent oversight of the award funds.

Approval by the relevant UBC Research Ethics Board must be received by the Research Services office prior to Award activation, for any awards involving research on human subjects. Furthermore, award recipients must adhere to UBC guidelines regarding financial conflict of interest, and research conduct. Studies involving animals require UBC Animal Care Committee approval of relevant protocols.

The program call for COVID-19 Wall Solutions closed on June 1, 2020. 

Applications were reviewed by the Wall Solutions adjudication committee.  Funding decisions are available here.

Applicant CV and Research Project Information Form are not required at submission stage.
Download the Application Guidelines here.

 

For more information, please contact the Program Manager, Bernadette Mah: solutions (at) pwias.ubc.ca.