Extraordinary expense fund

The Extraordinary Expense Fund (EEF) was established by UBC to help protect researchers by providing a fund for extraordinary expenses not otherwise covered. The fund applies to researchers with:

  • Grant- and contract-funded staff and faculty paid from research/contract PGs starting with “R” or “S” funds
  • Postdoctoral fellows with employee status
  • Postdoctoral fellow award recipients who either receive their earnings through UBC or who receive funding directly from a source external to UBC.

The EEF is governed by  the Extraordinary Expense Fund (EEF) Policy (Policy FM7 – Contract Employees Fund (pdf, formerly Policy #86). The Office of the Vice-President (Research) has overall responsibility for the policy.

Postdoctoral Fellows status and eligibility

Postdoctoral fellows were included in the policy on the following dates:

  • Postdoctoral fellows with employee status – effective April 1, 2011
  • Postdoctoral fellow award recipients who receive their earnings through UBC – effective April 1, 2011
  • Postdoctoral fellow award recipients who receive funding directly from a source external to UBC – effective September 1, 2011.

Eligible expenses

Expenses that are eligible for reimbursement from the EEF include the following

Contributions to the fund

The extraordinary expense reimbursements are funded by contributions, typically collected from grant and research accounts (a different approach is in place for PDF award recipients).

Where contributions have been paid on the salaries or earnings of grant- or contract- funded staff and faculty, postdoctoral fellows employees or award recipients, an application may be made for reimbursement of eligible expenses listed above.

Eligibility for reimbursement from the Extraordinary Expense Fund

In all circumstances outlined below, EEF contributions must have been paid on the salary or earnings of the grant- and contract- funded staff or faculty member, postdoctoral fellow employee or award recipient for whom the extraordinary expenses are being applied for.

Request for reimbursement from the Extraordinary Expense Fund

To make a request for reimbursement from the EEF, the grant holder (and/or the individual who has sign-off for the project grant) must complete, print and sign either:

Questions and contacts

Applications for EEF reimbursement and related queries should be directed to UBC's benefits department by e-mail or by calling  604 822 6823.

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