In my last message I spoke of our upcoming unit (external) review with a degree of anticipation. I am pleased to report that the review has now come and gone. We completed the researcher satisfaction survey (very encouraging results that I am happy to share), had the external review and then developed a strategic plan to take advantage of the review recommendations. Again we are happy to share the report from the external reviewers (very positive) and the strategic plan. We are taking the report recommendations very seriously and have an action plan/strategic plan designed to improve in all the areas identified in the review report.
Meanwhile SPARC is intensely busy supporting upcoming SSHRC PG, IG, connections programs. NSERC DG, CIHR Foundation 2 and Program round 1 competitions. And as well CFREF round 2 is in full swing.
I am delighted to say that the hard work of SPARC and the Faculty based research development staff (we work very closely with in our support) we have had some very encouraging successes.
1. In the first round of CFREF the quantum matter group were awarded $66.5M. This was a group that received very significant support from SPARC.
2. The recent CIHR foundation program also received intense SPARC support. UBC experienced an 18% success rate compared with the national average of 11%!
I recently had the opportunity of presenting to a group of brand new dept heads, associate deans research and division heads. I told them about the support that SPARC can provide and encouraged them to invite us to visit their dept meeting in order to help communicate the strong message of support!
Finally if you have any suggestions on how we might improve or concerns over ORS or SPARC please contact me asap.