CUES Fund

Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) Fund

The CUES funding competition is now closed. See the 10 awarded partnerships.


CUES funding supports community-university relationships that help advance a stronger, more equitable society.

UBC recognizes the unique challenges and opportunities associated with community-university partnerships. Whether you’re at the beginning, middle or end of a project, CUES is designed to offset indirect costs incurred by community partners who are collaborating with the university.

CUES is a one-time fund to be allocated upfront to not-for-profit community partners by March 31, 2018. CUES is not a research fund. The CUES pilot is a new approach to support community-university partnerships. We will use what we learn to shape future programs and gladly welcome your feedback.

A total of $200,000 is available across three streams:

Seed Funding

Up to $15,000 per project (min. $7,500)

Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

The CUES Seed Fund helps get community-engaged initiatives off the ground.

Seed funding supports the development of emerging community-university partnerships: building trust, defining community needs and shared interests, identifying research gaps and opportunities, or designing collaborative projects.

Bridge Funding

Up to $30,000 per project (min. $15,000)

Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

The CUES Bridge Fund helps keep established partnerships afloat while you prepare for future funding opportunities.

For community-university partners planning an engaged research, teaching or learning project, this fund supports you as you prepare concepts and content that could be used towards funding bids/proposals.

Implementation Funding

Up to $30,000 per project (min. $15,000)

Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

The CUES Implementation Fund activates community-engaged projects through knowledge mobilization, translation and exchange.

Create and distribute accessible materials, apply research at the community level, convene a public forum, or propose an innovative implementation idea that responds to community’s needs.


For more information, please contact Ryan Brown, advisor, at ryan.brown@ubc.ca.