VIU Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity


SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant COVID-19 Special Initiative

Submitted by Tanis Dagert on May 13, 2020 - 11:13am

Bettina will highlight key features of SSHRC’s Partnership Engage Program with discussion on SSHRC’s new stream for COVID-19 research.

Researchers are encouraged to work in partnership with government, industry and not-for-profit organizations to provide the data, insight and evidence to examine the impact of the pandemic and the ensuing economic slowdown on individuals, businesses and communities.  Up to $25K over 1 year. Deadlines June 15 & Sept 15

NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Grants

Submitted by Tanis Dagert on May 13, 2020 - 11:11am

Roisin will highlight key features of NSERC’s Alliance (Partnership) program with insight into their new COVID-19 stream.  This stream supports collaborations between academic researchers and the public, not-for-profit and industry sectors. Partner entities do not need to give matching cash. Applications to the COVID-19 stream do not count towards NSERC’s limits on Alliance application numbers from principal investigators or partners.  The project must support research and analysis activities that address partner organization questions or issue in relation to the pandemic.

ROMEO Bootcamp: Tips and Tricks to Get Your Application in Before the Deadline

Submitted by Tanis Dagert on May 13, 2020 - 11:09am

Via Zoom Link. This interactive session shows new and returning researchers the ROMEO application portal, shares some tricks that will help you streamline the application process (such as cloning applications to allow researchers to submit to multiple grants at one time), and will have a Q&A session at the end. Led by Leyla Innala.


Submitted by Tanis Dagert on April 6, 2020 - 11:47am

We would like to invite all faculty with an interest pursuing COVID19 research to a Zoom meeting to share their project ideas in hopes of identifying  synergies and collaborative opportunities. We will answer questions about the special VIURAC COVID 19 Call for Proposals and share a list of other COVID research funding opportunities. Some areas where VIU faculty may be able to respond quickly include but are not limited to:

Pink shirt day

Submitted by Anh Nguyen on February 4, 2020 - 9:48am
Pink shirt day or anti-bullying day, which originated in Nova Scotia, Canada,  is a day when people wear mainly pink shirts to symbolize that they are against bullying. The original event was organized by David Shepherd, Travis Price, and a few friends, who bought a bunch of pink shirts and distributed after seeing a grade 9 student bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. 
In 2020 in Canada, Pink Shirt day observes on February 26. The focus is to "lift each other up". 


Submitted by Anh Nguyen on January 31, 2020 - 10:17am

Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of ‘the dark half of the year’.  Celebrants believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down during Samhain, allowing more interaction between humans and denizens of the Otherworld.

Rituals surrounding Samhain include bonfires, dancing, feasting, and building altars to honor deceased ancestors.