The Canada Research Chairs Program is managed by a Steering Committee of the partner agencies composed of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Industry Canada, and the following three research granting agencies: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The secretariat of the Steering Committee is located within SSHRC.
Information provided to the Canada Research Chairs Program is subject to the Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act, as well as to related federal information management and security policies.
Because agencies in different jurisdictions jointly sponsor the Canada Research Chairs Program, and because it is the research institution rather than the nominee that applies for program support, policies regarding use and disclosure of information differ slightly from those of other granting agency programs. To avoid misunderstandings, these policies are summarized below:
Principal uses and disclosures of personal and other information
The Canada Research Chairs Program uses all information gathered only for reviewing nominations and administering and monitoring Canada Research Chair awards.
The Chairs Secretariat discloses information contained in nominations to the College of Reviewers, to the Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee, and to the Steering Committee for the purposes of obtaining opinions and recommendations.
The Chairs Secretariat forwards details of decisions taken concerning nominations directly to the senior institutional authorities who submitted the nomination. This information includes the record of the decision and copies of all external reviews. The Secretariat expects institutional authorities to share all this information with nominees.
The Secretariat routinely shares summary financial and other information about awards with the research and finance offices of the nominating research institution.
Consistent uses and disclosures of personal and other information
The Chairs Secretariat will share information about nominations, nominees and awards, including reviews and assessments, with relevant staff in the partner organisations-NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC, CFI and Industry Canada - for purposes relating to delivery of the program.
The Canada Research Chairs Program-and/or its partners-may publish, for publicity purposes, certain information about successful applications. This may include the name of the nominating institution, the amount of the award, the name, discipline and department of the Chairholder, and
summary information about the Chairholder's proposed program of research.
The Program will use information gathered from nominations for planning, review and evaluation purposes and for generating the statistics needed for these activities.
The Program may use information about nominees to identify prospective members for the College of Reviewers and for the Interdisciplinary Adjudication Committee.
The Program may also use and disclose information contained in nominations in accordance with the Tri-Council Policy on Integrity in Research and Scholarship. See Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for the complete text of this policy.
For clarification or more information, please feel free to contact the SSHRC Access to Information and Privacy Co-ordinator at (613) 992-1058. You may also consult Info Source (Sources of Federal Government Information)-a reference document available in major public and academic libraries and
federal government offices across Canada -and in particular, the section on SSHRC. All personal information is stored in the personal information banks for the Canada Research Chairs Program: SHR PPU 016 and SHR PPU 035.