SPARC Exploration Grant Support Services

All SPARC services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis for UBC-led applications and depend on capacity. We encourage faculty, especially new ones, to get in touch early to benefit from our services. 

We ask that faculty with access to multiple strategic grant development service providers, such as Faculty-based Grant Facilitators and the BCCHR's Research & Technology Development Office, select only one to work with so that we can collectively support as many UBC researchers as possible.

SPARC Exploration Grant contact: Sharon Marsh

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Consultations (by request)
  • 1:1 Exploration Grant consultations are available to all UBC-led applications. Common topics include appropriateness and competitiveness of the proposed topic, and understanding the selection criteria.
  • Contact: Sharon Marsh
Notice of Intent (NOI) Stage: N/A given NFRF removal of anonymization requirement


Full Application Stage: Application review (submit documents from Monday, November 27 to Monday, December 4, 10:00am)
  • Criteria and editorial review of the proposal (4 pages), team bio (2 pages), references (5 pages), EDI-RD text box (if applicable), EDI-RP sections, and budget justification (1 page).
  • Reviews are on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to one review per application.
  • Contact: Sharon Marsh – please send your documents in MS Word format
Online Resources and Sample Grants (accessible any time)
  • CWL-protected resources, including information session slides, templates and guidelines/tips, and a sample grant library.
  • Access SPARC's NFRF Resources and Sharepoint Sample Grant Library by logging in with your CWL.
  • Contact: Christy McTait – please send your questions and/or issues with CWL access
Events and Workshops
  • NFRF hosts NOI and Full Application webinars. Slides, recordings, and Q&A will be posted on the SPARC NFRF Resource page as soon as we receive them.
  • Contact: Sharon Marsh - please send your questions and/or expressions of interest.