How does a new climate solutions idea, never before tested, get off the ground? 

The targeted design of the Opportunity Projects Program encourages research teams to take bold, but calculated, risks in pursuit of high-impact results. When coupled with solution-seeking partners who are eager to take positive action, this program aims to deliver climate mitigation or adaptation solutions within the relatively near-term.

Each Opportunity Project requires three kinds of contributing partners:

SolutionsSolution Seekers
Solution Seekers may be based in the private sector, governmental or non-governmental organizations. They bring practical, domain knowledge and experience, and play a key role in identifying and framing the problem, developing solutions, and ultimately implementing the results.
ResearchResearch Partners
Research Partners bring theoretical knowledge and experience, research skills and academic excellence to the project to help generate and transform novel ideas to produce new knowledge and social, technical and institutional innovations.
PartnerThe PICS Partner
The PICS Partner is a convenor and knowledge broker that works to help ensure that the project is innovative and impactful. PICS provides financial, engagement and communication support aimed at bridge-building between engaged research and evidence-based practice.

Quick facts:

RequirementsUp to $180K per project:
Each award is capped at $60,000 per year, for a maximum three-year duration.
RequirementsClimate solutions value
Projects must demonstrate original research with the high potential to contribute to reduced carbon emissions and/or to effective adaptation to climate change in British Columbia and beyond. 
RequirementsInterdisciplinary teams
An Opportunity Project team comprises researchers and climate solution seekers supported by PICS, and led by a Principle Investigator. Solution seekers must have a clear role in the design, development, and intended use of the project’s results. Projects can include national and international collaboration. At least half of project costs must be allocated to salaries of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at one or more PICS’ universities. 
RequirementsPrinciple Investigator
Applications must be submitted by the project team’s Principle Investigator, who must be a full-time faculty member at one of the four PICS universities (Research Partner).
RequirementsTimely and relevant
Interdisciplinary teams carry projects from vision to implementation, working together every step of the way so results are timely and put to use. There is no restriction on the number or location of researchers, but projects should be relevant for use in BC.
RequirementsInternational review
Proposals will be subject to external review by nationally and internationally recognized experts relevant to the proposed project.

Find out more about the special one-off ZEV project, and the overall criteria for all projects, by reading Opportunity Projects Program Guide for Applicants.

NOTE for applicants in our 2020 call for proposals: Although not a requirement, in this call we are also asking researchers to consider if their climate solutions proposals will be impacted by, or can contribute to, post-COVID-19 recovery efforts in areas such as the future economy, public health, social justice, and urban planning.

For further enquiries, contact picsopp@uvic.ca.

Opportunity Projects