Research Engagement Program

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Co-designed, co-developed, co-delivered research

PICS is a catalyst for generating climate change solutions. We support an approach to research that defines meaningful activities focused on partnerships and engagement, helping solution seekers become effective solution makers, from question to collaboration, and idea to action.

The PICS collaborative model relies on three kinds of contributing partners to co-design and co-implement climate solutions:

- Solution Partners bring practical, domain knowledge and experience. They play a required role in identifying and framing the problem, developing solutions and supporting the application of results. This includes providing the resources such as data or intellectual capital and/or human resources to help transform theory to action. Solution Partners may be based in private sector or in government, and they are generally not part of the academic community.

- Research Partners bring theoretical knowledge and experience, research skills and academic excellence to the project in order to produce new knowledge and support social, technical and institutional innovations in climate solutions.

The PICS Partner is a knowledge broker that supports relationships and networks; provides training and financial support. We help connect the right complement of partners and we are a catalyst for action, engagement and communication to help realize and ensure valuable outcomes and impacts.

Theme Partnership Program

Our new $1-million Theme Partnership Program aims to connect top researchers with policy, industry and other community leaders to develop climate solutions and legacy partnerships for British Columbia and beyond. We invite project proposals that aspire to build global leadership in climate solutions.

Quick facts:

- Each award is capped at $250,000 per year for a total program allocation of up to $1-million over four years. PICS will make one award in 2019 and then every 12-to 18- months on an ongoing basis.
- The application is a two-phase review process beginning with a letter of intent. Afterward, PICS will invite select candidates to complete a full proposal.
- Participation of researchers from more than one PICS university—University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Northern British Columbia—is encouraged. Projects must involve a solution partner in the design, development and results implementation.
- There is no restriction on the number or location of researchers, but proposals should be relevant to BC. At least half of project costs must be allocated to salaries of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at one of PICS’ research universities.

The letter of intent is due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 15 2019. For more information, please read the news release and Theme Partnership application guide. If you have any questions, contact us at picstheme@uvic.ca

Opportunity Projects Program

Opportunity projects target new partnerships, new ideas and new entrants. We invite proposals for high-quality, innovative research projects in areas of high potential for impact in climate change mitigation and adaptation including emerging and novel issues. With a commitment to build human resource capacity in BC, the program mandates participation by research faculty at one of our four collaborating universities with half of funds granted allocated to the salaries of the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at those universities. The program is open to researchers in BC and beyond.

The call for the 2018 Opportunity Projects Program has closed. Our next call is anticipated for spring 2019.

Quick facts:

- Each award is capped at $60,000 per year for a total program allocation of up to $600,000 annually.
- Projects must involve solution seekers and research partners.
- There is no restriction on the number or location of researchers, but proposals should be relevant to BC and include participation of BC researchers. At least half of project costs must be allocated to salaries of graduate students and postdocs at one of PICS’ research universities.
- Project duration shall not exceed three years.