Find out how collaborative teams of UBC Faculty and Staff can apply for funding to develop 'living lab' projects on campus.


Please note that the eligibility criteria for the Project Leads has been updated on October 22, 2021, to allow for an (optional) Additional Project Lead. The Project Leads must include at least one UBC Faculty member and one UBC Operational Staff member. An optional additional Project Lead may be included, which could be an additional UBC Faculty member, an additional UBC Operational Staff member, a UBC non-operational staff member, or a UBC Post-Doc. Please refer the updated Application Guidelines for details on the amendment.

Applicants can request up to $50,000 for a project. Proposals are accepted and encouraged for projects that seek to use this award as seed funding towards a larger project, or to fund one or more components of a larger project.

Funding is eligible to cover expenses related to the implementation of on-ground demonstration, including purchase and rental of equipment and materials, site preparation expenses, and contractor fees. Funding can be used for hiring UBC students, or for covering project-specific staff costs, up to a maximum of 30% of the total funding requested.

See our Application Guidelines for a detailed overview of the application process and list of eligible and ineligible expenses.



Project Criteria

CLL projects must embody the essence of a ‘living lab’; in that they must be centered on the on-campus demonstration of innovation. This definition covers a broad spectrum, including innovative programs, platforms, technologies, products and research methods, and can be in the social or the infrastructural realm. Innovations in research application will also be considered, such as a new area of study, new data capture mechanism, and new research methodology.

Priority Areas

The project must demonstrate measurable, scalable and meaningful impact in any one of the four priority areas, listed below.

1. Climate Action: Demonstration of innovation that seeks to combat climate change, through measures such as the reduction of – GHG emissions, non-renewable materials and energy consumption, waste generation, etc.

2. Resilient Systems: Demonstration of innovation in physical or social systems that seeks to strengthen their capacity to withstand and adapt to paradigm-altering shocks, such as climate change, global pandemics, natural disasters, automation and job loss, etc.

3. Sustainable Places & Communities: Demonstration of innovation in the design, organization or operation of spaces, infrastructure or transportation systems that seeks to enhance their environmental or social sustainability, making them greener, safer, more accessible and inclusive for all members of the community.

4. Health & Wellbeing: Demonstration of innovation in physical or social infrastructure and systems, which seeks to enhance the physical, mental or emotional health and wellbeing of the community, including students, staff, faculty, neighbourhood residents, children, etc.

Applicants are encouraged to review the UBC Strategic Plan and other relevant UBC Plans, to illustrate how their project aligns with the objectives laid out in these plans.

Collaborative, Inclusive Approach

Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop collaborative proposals that include the beneficiaries as stakeholders in designing and developing the project. Preference will be given to projects that integrate equity, diversity and inclusion, either in their design, development and execution; or in their outcomes (the intended beneficiaries of the project).  

Please refer UBC’s Equity & Inclusion Office resources for a broader understanding and definition of these issues in the context of UBC. We also encourage the application of projects that integrate Indigenous engagement and are reflective of UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan.

Research Excellence

Preference will be given to projects that not only advance on-ground innovation, but also contribute to advancing the academic goals of the University, as espoused in the UBC Strategic Plan.  


Important Dates

The following table summarizes the important dates for the CLL Funding Competition (2021-22).

Application period
  • Application open: September 1, 2021
  • CLL Workshop: October 7, 2021
  • Application Guidance meeting: October 19, 2021
  • Proposal submission deadline: November 12, 2021
Evaluation period
  • Review: November 15, 2021 to December 17, 2021
  • Presentations to CLL Committee: January 10, 2022 to January 14, 2022
  • Award winners announced: January 31, 2022
Project period
  • April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023