B.C. Air Quality

Air Quality Research Funding


Funding is available through the Robert Caton, David Bates and CLEAR Fund Scholarships, to support graduate-level students with high ideals, demonstrated interest in studies relating to atmospheric sciences, air quality and health or policy, and specific goals leading to future work in that field. The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health provides additional funding to support research that will help indigenous and non-indigenous communities to improve air quality, environmental health or environmental sustainability in B.C.

Robert Caton Scholarship
The Robert Caton Scholarship was established in 2004 to honour the memory of Dr. Robert Brent Caton, a scholar, entrepreneur and expert in the field of air quality, atmospheric emissions, environmental management and policy. An amount of $2,000 is available for the Robert Caton Scholarship in 2016.

David Bates Scholarship
The David Bates Scholarship was established in 2008 to honour the memory of Dr. David Vincent Bates, who was one of the foremost international authorities on the health effects of air pollution. An amount of $2,000 is available for the David Bates Scholarship in 2016.

CLEAR Fund Scholarship
Depending on funding, an additional scholarship provided through the Clean Air Research Fund (CLEAR) may be awarded in recognition of those students involved in air quality research that furthers the primary goal of the Fund: to acquire new knowledge in order to help understand and solve air quality management issues in B.C. Those who apply to the Robert Caton and David Bates Scholarship would also be considered for the CLEAR Fund Scholarship. UPDATE – No CLEAR Fund Scholarship will be offered in 2016.

  • For the 2016 application form for the Robert Caton and David Bates Scholarships, the application period is now closed.
  • For information on the 2016 scholarship winners, see Scholarship Winners: 2016.
  • For information on earlier scholarship winners, see Scholarship Winners: 2004-2015.

Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health
The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health was established in 2016 to honour the memory of Elizabeth Henry and her many contributions to the Fraser Basin Council and to communities across British Columbia. Elizabeth exhibited high ethical standards and integrity in her work, and she was committed to promoting dialogue and respectful collaboration among diverse stakeholders. Funded by the Fraser Basin Council, the BC CLEAR Fund, and by many friends, family members and colleagues who wish to remember Elizabeth and her work, an annual award of $2,000 will be provided to a graduate student working on research projects in partnership with BC communities that are addressing environmental health issues and promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative initiatives.

Research Funding (BC CLEAR Fund)

The B.C. Clean Air Research Fund — BC CLEAR — has been established by the provincial government to support air quality and health research of strategic importance to British Columbia. The fund is administered by the Fraser Basin Council.


BC CLEAR Fund 2014/2015 Annual Report (PDF: 636 KB/12 pages)

BC CLEAR Fund 2013/2014 Annual Report (PDF: 607 KB/15 pages)

BC CLEAR Fund 2012/2013 Annual Report (PDF: 357 KB/27 pages)

BC CLEAR Fund 2011/2012 Annual Report (PDF: 509 KB/21 pages)

BC CLEAR Fund 2010/2011 Annual Report (PDF: 175 KB/25 pages)

BC CLEAR Fund 2009/2010 Annual Report (PDF: 575 KB/11 pages)

BC CLEAR Fund 2008/2009 Annual Report (PDF: 758 KB/12 pages)

Documents from the former Clean Air Research Fund (CARF) will remain on this site.

Clean Air Research Fund (CARF) Reports

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