There are a number of funding opportunities available to BCIT students who are interested in research and innovation opportunities beyond their studies.
BCIT’s Student Innovation Challenge is an annual contest aimed at providing support, encouragement and funding up to $5,000 to BCIT students who have “bright ideas”. Since its founding, the Student Innovation Challenge has inspired interesting and innovative students and projects.
The Challenge has 2 Categories:
- Entrepreneurship (Innovative ideas, entrepreneurship, and commercial products)
- Applied Research (Innovative project solving a real world problem)
New: the Sustainability Award – an opportunity to win $1,000 for the most sustainable idea/project in each category.
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BCIT has a quota of CGS M – Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program to award each year. Students submit their application to the institution at which they intend to hold their award using the NSERC Research Portal.
The 2020 BCIT CGS-M Selection Committee was:
- Anayansi Cohen-Fernandez (School of Construction and the Environment)
- David Holloway (School of Computing and Academic Studies)
- Stefan Joseph (Applied Research Liaison Office)
Members of the Selection Committee independently reviewed the CGS-M applications and used the guidelines for Eligibility screening and for the Selection process to evaluate each of the applications received. They also agreed to respect the relevant BCIT and federal government privacy, confidentiality and conflict of interest rules, including:
- BCIT Policy 1500 – Code of Conduct
- BCIT Policy 1504 – Standards of Conduct and Conflict/Interest
- BCIT Policy 6700 – Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy
- Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations
- Access to Information Act
- Privacy Act
The results were unanimous and entered into the CGS-M Research Portal.
The Innovate BC Innnovator Skills Initiative (ISI) is designed to cultivate future technology entrepreneurs and innovators with the ultimate goal of creating quality, high-paying jobs for the BC economy. The program focuses on exposing students to regional industry needs and challenges, while providing students with the skills required to run a successful business.To be eligible, work placements must provide the student with entrepreneurial and business training and mentorship.
The Mitacs Accelerate program supports collaborative research projects with colleges and polytechnics (students and faculty) and the organizations, usually companies, that benefit from their expertise. Funding starts at $15,000, and your partner organization’s financial contribution starts at $7,500. For more information, explore the Accelerate website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) enable students to gain research work experience to complement their studies. USRA awards are for 4 months, generally from May to August. Applications are coordinated with the research supervisor (faculty). BCIT has an allocation of five USRAs.
Two forms need to be completed online:
- FORM 202 Application for an Undergraduate Student Research Award PART I. Personal Data — completed by student
- FORM 202 Application for an Undergraduate Student Research Award PART II. Proposed Location of Tenure and Research Project — completed by the proposed supervisor.
Student applicants must ensure they are eligible to apply and supervisors must ensure that they are eligible to supervise (normally, supervisors must have NSERC funding, but supervision by researchers without NSERC funding may be considered).
Established in 2005 by the BC Technology Industry Association, the industry-funded BC Tech Scholarship Program provides grants to students who have a proven passion for technology, a desire to leave a mark in the tech sector and are pursuing a post-secondary education in a technology-related program. The Tech Scholarship program provides non-repayable grants to students of up to $3,500. Applications are accepted in April each year.