Within a collaborative and inter-disciplinary framework, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions supports a range of solutions-oriented research initiatives to help solve pressing climate change challenges and realize opportunities in British Columbia and beyond.
Research results form the basis for PICS engagement and events, scholarly journal articles, white papers and book chapters. Primary users of this work include policymakers, research community, industry and other community members.
PICS Opportunity Projects Program
The August 2018 call for proposals is made for applications under the PICS Opportunity Projects Program, which is geared toward projects of less than three years.
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 support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The program is open to researchers in BC and beyond.
PICS Big 5 Projects
Ongoing initiatives include five major policy-relevant projects known as the Big Five developed under Phase II of the Strategic Research Plan, plus several dozen graduate and postdoctoral fellowships and 10 employment internships each year. PICS also commissions leading edge research from academics and experts from BC and around the world.
Phase II projects - the PICS "Big 5" (current):
- The 2060 Project: Integrated Energy System Pathways for British Columbia and Canada
- The Scale of Natural Gas Development and Maximizing Net Social Benefits
- Transportation Futures for BC
- Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment
- The Forest Carbon Management Project
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