Congratulations to Dr. Ray Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy and Dr. Erin Michalak, Funded in the 2021/2022 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters Competition!




Congratulations to Dr. Ray Lam, Dr. Jill Murphy, and Dr. Erin Michalak, whose research cluster has been selected for funding in the 2021/2022 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters Competition.  This grant will support their emerging Asia-Pacific Equity research excellence cluster, focused on significantly advancing mental health research and knowledge exchange (KE) in a post-COVID Asia-Pacific within the context of an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)-informed framework.

To advance towards this, the cluster will meet four goals:

  1. Establish a centre of excellence in equity-oriented mental health research focused on the Asia-Pacific region by convening a cluster of multidisciplinary researchers and engaged stakeholders at UBC, throughout Canada and internationally.
  2. Pursue strategic funding opportunities to ensure growth and sustainability in various priority areas.
  3. Develop and implement an innovative KE platform.
  4. Significantly advance knowledge and best practice on an EDI centered approach to global mental health (GMH) in the context of COVID-19, with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.

Congratulations again to Dr. Lam, Dr. Murphy and Dr. Michalak on this fantastic news!



The Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters (GCRC) competition was jointly created by the Vice-President, Research & Innovation and the Provost & Vice-President, Academic to enable the formation and growth of interdisciplinary research excellence clusters. A research excellence cluster is defined as a network of researchers spanning multiple disciplines at UBC who form and nurture interdisciplinary teams that foster partnerships and collaborations, develop new research questions/directions/themes in research creation, address key societal and cultural problems, and work together to solve challenges that transcend traditional boundaries.

These awards are specifically targeted at catalyzing advanced research initiatives with the expectation that awards will be used to enable the cluster to have more significant impact than otherwise possible.