Contact ORPA

Heather Frost, Director

Heather is the Director of ORPA (Office of Research Prizes and Awards), as well as SPARC (Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity), which together provide central development support for award nominations and research grants.

Contact Heather if: You have questions about high-level research prize and grant strategy, support, and promotions at UBC, or other inquiries related to ORPA or SPARC.

heather.frost@ubc.ca


Award Nomination Development Officers: 

ORPA's Award Nomination Development Officers are available for consultation, reviews and other support for research prize and award nominations. Read more about our support and services here, and find who to contact below:


Kevin McCartney, Award Nomination Development Officer, Health

Kevin is responsible for leading award nomination support for award and prize opportunities in the health domain, including but not limited to:

  • Lasker Awards
  • Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
  • Henry G. Friesen International Prize
  • Canada Gairdner Awards
  • CIHR Institute Awards

Contact Kevin: kevin.mccartney@ubc.ca 


Meaghan Miller, Award Nomination Development Officer, Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSE)

Meaghan is responsible for leading award nomination support for award and prize opportunities in the NSE domain, including but not limited to:

  • NSERC prizes:
    • Arthur B McDonald Fellowships
    • Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal, Brockhouse, John C. Polanyi, Donna Strickland, Synergy Awards, Science Promotion
  • L’Oreal Women in Science Award
  • Steacie Prize
  • Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award
  • Sloan Fellowships
  • Simons Fellows and Investigators 

Meaghan is also the ORPA lead on:

  • Royal Society of Canada Fellowships, College Memberships, and Medals and Awards

Contact Meaghan: meaghan.miller@ubc.ca


Stephanie O’Neill, Award Nomination Development Officer, Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Stephanie is responsible for leading award nomination support for award and prize opportunities in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts domains, including but not limited to:

  • SSHRC Impact Awards
  • Guggenheim Fellowships
  • Dan David Prize
  • Canada Council Molson Prizes

Stephanie is also the ORPA lead on:

  • NRC Killam Prizes
  • NRC Dorothy Killam Fellowships
  • BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Awards
  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program

Contact Stephanie: stephanie.oneill@ubc.ca


General prizes mailbox monitored by the ORPA team

Contact for questions on UBC's faculty research awards, to report a nomination or award win, with general questions or suggestions, or if you need help directing your query within ORPA.

research.prizes@ubc.ca


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