Process, Timelines & Budgets


Award Details and Review Process

  • A total of up to $4 million is available to be allocated in this first year: academic year 2022; this call will be recurring annually at $2 million per year.
  • Implementation of projects will take place over 1 to 3 years for Streams 1 and 2 and over 12-18 months for Stream 3.
  • A clearly articulated budget with justification is expected to align specific activities with goals and expected outcomes.
  • All Stream 1 and 2 proposals (if they reach the second stage) will need to be accompanied by a statement of support from their department, unit or Faculty head, including a statement committing to the sustainability of the project/initiative based on merit review.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the adjudication committee who will make funding recommendations to the Indigenous Strategic Plan Executive Advisory Committee and the Indigenous Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee.

Key Dates

  • ISI Fund launched – September 14, 2021
  • Stream 1 and 2 info session #1 – October 18, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00am
  • Stream 3 info session #1 – October 21, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00pm
  • Stream 3 consultation session #1 – October 27, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30am
  • Stream 1 and 2 consultation session #1 – October 28, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30pm
  • Stream 1 and 2 info session #2 – November 8, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00pm
  • Stream 3 info session #2 – November 17, 2021, 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Stream 1 and 2 consultation session #2 – November 24, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30pm
  • Stream 3 consultation session #2 – November 25, 2021, 3:00 – 4:30pm
  • Stream 1 and 2 consultation session #3 – January 17, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30pm
  • Stream 3 consultation session #3 – January 20, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30pm
  • LOI deadline for Streams 1 and 2 – January 27, 2022, 3:00pm
  • Application deadline for Stream 3 – January 27, 2022, 3:00pm
  • Stream 1 & 2 applicants receive notification on the results of the LOIs adjudication process – Mid March, 2022 
  • Application portal reopens to submit full proposals for Streams 1 & 2 – March 22, 2022
  • Stream 1 & 2 consultation session #4 – March 25, 2022 1:00 – 2:30pm
  • Stream 3 applicants receive notification on the results of the adjudication process – Early May, 2022
  • Stream 1 & 2 consultation session #5 – April 22, 2022, 10:00 – 11:30am
  • Stream 1 & 2 consultation session #6 – May 12, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30pm
  • Application deadline for Streams 1 & 2 – June 2, 2022 (PDT), 3:00pm
  • Stream 1 & 2 applicants receive notification on the results of the full proposal adjudication process – Early September, 2022

Eligible and Ineligible Expenses

The Indigenous Finance Guidelines have been created to address a long unresolved issue at UBC – how to better support gift giving and compensation in reciprocal, respectful, relationship-based collaborations between Indigenous partners and UBC. View the Indigenous Finance Guidelines.

Eligible Expenses

Funding can be used to cover costs associated with: 

  • Project or contract positions to explore the development of projects, programs and curriculum enhancements and to integrate Indigenous perspectives and knowledges;
  • Improving access, transition and retention programs to better serve the needs of Indigenous students;
  • Development of education workshops and conferences;
  • Enrichment and outreach initiatives for K-12 youth to develop a connection to university experiences;
  • Expenses relating to the promotion and development of partnership strategies, including necessary travel expenses;
  • Research opportunities for students (expenses related to the participation of students in field research e.g. transportation costs, stipends, meals, etc.) that are not part of the project team;
  • The ISI Fund is not intended to fund equipment.  However, modest equipment expenditures will be considered if a rationale is provided that clearly indicates: a) the expenditure is required for the success of the program, and b) the project has significant in-kind funding from the associated unit/Faculty;
  • Honoraria for community members, elders, leaders and knowledge keepers or brokers;
  • Proportionate and reasonable catering costs;
  • Salary, stipends or wages for student/community project team members who are not listed as a Principal Applicant or Co-Applicant. 

Ineligible Expenses

  • Major capital expenditures related to renovations or additions to the physical infrastructure, as the ISI Fund is not an equipment fund;
  • Salary, stipends or wages for Principal Applicant or Co-Applicants;
  • Living expenses;
  • Insurance cost of equipment;
  • Costs related to faculty and staff awards/recognition;
  • Teaching Assistant costs;
  • Tuition or fees for students;
  • Monthly parking fees for vehicles (unless for fieldwork);
  • Severance pay;
  • Operational costs of the delivery of programs – the ISI Funds are focused on the development and start-up of projects, not their long-term sustainment;
  • Staff or faculty salaries (that are not project or contract positions specific to the ISI proposal);
  • Any administrative or core costs/expenses for community organizations, e.g., salaries associated with an organization’s daily operations or programming or office equipment;
  • Academic research expenses that would be carried out in the normal course of work or study; i.e. any expenses that would normally be covered by Tri-Council or similar grants.