Martha Piper
Martha Piper was UBC's 11th President from 1996-2007.

The Martha Piper Research Fund, which has now concluded* its five year mandate, was established by President Stephen Toope to commemorate Martha Piper’s presidency at the University of British Columbia from 1996-2007.  

The Fund has provided UBC faculty members with seed funding for collaborative research projects with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and international activities.  Focussing on strengthening UBC research through the creation of teams of talented researchers in two or more disciplines, the award has enabled researchers in the Tri-Council communities (i.e. NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC) to collaborate and integrate their expertise and research activities within Canada and with international partners.

The program, run on a semi-annual basis (competitions in both March and October), was funded from a dedicated $5 million portion of the Trek Endowment. $250,000 was made available per year with a maximum award of $25,000 available to each successful project.  Since 2007, 51 grants have been awarded totaling $1,254,416 or an average of $24,596 per project funded.

View a list of all successful Martha Piper Fund projects from 2007-2011.

*While there are no current plans to reinstate the Martha Piper Fund, there is a desire is to provide further funding opportunities of this type.  Please return here regularly to check if the Fund’s status has changed.

Active peer-reviewed funding opportunities can be found at:



Brenda Carrier
Martha Piper Research Fund Secretariat
Office of the Vice-President Research & International
Old Administration Building, Room 224
6328 Memorial Road
Tel: 604-822-6010

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