Research grant funding


Method used to calculate research funding as input into the chair allocation calculations
Eligibility of granting agencies and NCE programs in the credit base
Programs excluded from the credit base for Chair allocations
Method used for identification and division of credits



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Method used to calculate research funding as input into the chair allocation calculations

A university’s chair allocation is based on the funding received by its researchers from the three federal granting agencies—CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC—in the three most recent years for which data is available. For example, 2012 allocations are based on the research grant funding received, and the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) funds spent, in the fiscal years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. These research revenues constitute the amount of “credits” that are entered into the calculations of chair allocations.



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Eligibility of granting agencies and NCE programs in the credit base

As the underlying principle in the CRC program’s objectives is research excellence, the 2,000 chairs should be allocated to institutions proportionally to each institution’s research excellence, as demonstrated by its ability to attract research funding awarded through a process based on excellence (e.g., following merit review, in national competitions, etc.).

All granting agency programs are included in the credit base for the chair allocation calculations, except those listed below.



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Programs excluded from the credit base for Chair allocations

Each year, the Chairs Secretariat meets with the vice-presidents of programs from the three federal granting agencies to review all new agency programs and assess their eligibility for inclusion in the base for calculations for chair allocations. This body is called the interagency program review committee.

All programs funded by the granting agencies are included in the calculation except those listed below.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Exclusions:

  • All training awards (summer student programs, studentships, doctoral research awards, fellowships, Clinician Scientists Awards - Phase 1)
  • Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada
  • Best Brains Exchange Travel Award
  • Bridge Funding: Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G)
  • Canada Gairdner International
  • Canadian Children Inflammatory Bowel Disease Network
  • Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre
  • Canadian Knowledge Synthesis Network
  • Canadian Light Source
  • Canadian Virtual Health Library
  • CHSRF/CIHR Regional Training Centres
  • CIHR Café Scientifique Program
  • CIHR ICR National Tumour Banking Network Grant
  • CIHR Journalism Award
  • CIHR Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research
  • CIHR Synapse Mentorship Award
  • Human Frontier Science Program
  • Improving Health Care with Knowledge Translation
  • International Scientific Exchanges
  • Institute Community Support - Awards, Grants and Travel Awards
  • Institute of Health Services and Policy Research - Strategic Initiatives
  • Institute Support Grant
  • National Council on Ethics in Human Research
  • Network of Networks
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research Contextualized Health Research Synthesis
  • Panel on Research Ethics
  • Partnership Award
  • Policy on Provision of Financial Support for Workshops, Conferences, Symposia and Colloquia
  • President's Fund
  • Promotions
  • Randomized Controlled Trials: Mentoring
  • Strategic Workshops Program
  • Summer Program in Japan
  • Synapse – CIHR National Youth Outreach Program
  • Team Grant: Terry Fox New Frontiers Program in Cancer
  • The Terry Fox Foundation partnered Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research - Full Application
  • The following Directed Grants:
    • Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO)
    • Bourse Fernand-Séguin
    • Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies
    • Champions of Genetics: Building the Next Generation
    • CIHR University Delegates Network
    • DSEN Collaborating Centre for Observational Studies (CCROS)
    • Science and Technology Awareness Network (STAN)
    • Sensible Guidelines for the Conduct of Clinical Trials Initiative Workshop
    • Support for Canadian Science Writers' Association Annual Conference
    • Workshop on Neuroimaging of Neurodegenerative Disorders

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Exclusions:

  • Aboriginal Ambassadors in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Supplement
  • Collaborative and Thematic Resources Support in Mathematics and Statistics
  • Cooperative Activities
  • Doctoral Prizes
  • Innovation Challenge Award
  • Major Resources Support Program
  • NSERC Awards for Science Promotion
  • Northern Research Internships
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Industrial Research and Development Fellowships
  • Postgraduate Scholarships (all types)
  • PromoScience
  • Regional Opportunities Funds (case by case)
  • Summer Program – Japan and Taiwan
  • Undergraduate Student Research Awards – University and Industrial

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Exclusions:

  • Aid and Attendance Grants to Scholarly Associations
  • Aid to Scholarly Publications
  • Canadian Initiative on Social Statistics (CISS) Data Training Schools
  • Connections – Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Queen's Fellowship - SSHRC Fund
  • International Space University Fellowship
  • John G. Diefenbaker Award
  • Knowledge Impact in Society
  • Parliamentary Internship Programme
  • Presidential Fund for Innovation and Development
  • SSHRC Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • SSHRC Posdoctoral Prize
  • William E. Taylor Fellowship

Networks of Centres of Excellence

Exclusions under Administrative Centres:

  • Operational Budget
  • Communications
  • Salaries for Students and Postdoctoral Trainees

Exclusions under Core Facilities:

  • Operational Budget
  • Salaries for Students and Postdoctoral Trainees

Business-led Networks of Centres of Excellence

Exclusions:

  • Expenditures of administrative centres
  • Research-related expenditures in non-eligible institutions

Tri-Agency programs

Exclusions:

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Canada Excellence Research Chairs
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships (including supplements)
  • Canada Research Chairs
  • Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research
  • College and Community Innovation
  • Industrial Research and Development Internships
  • Tri-Agency Partnership on Knowledge Syntheses on the Environment
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Note: Multi-institutional grants are divided proportionally among participating institutions based on the number of participating researchers from each institution. The share for a non-eligible institution is redistributed among eligible institutions.

CIHR awards to research institutes and hospitals are attributed to the parent university, if applicable.

For consortia that are eligible for NSERC funding, awards are divided among participating universities according to actual expenditures as per the methodology used for NCEs (Institute of Particle Physics), or attributed equally to each institution as per multi-institutional awards (e.g.TRIUMF, Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM), Huntsman Marine Science Centre, Bamfield Marine Station).



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Method used for identification and division of credits

High-level governance

Every year, a senior level committee decides which granting agency programs should be included in the credit base, and how credits should be allocated to participating institutions.

This Interagency Program Review Committee (IPRC) is comprised of the vice-presidents of programs of the three federal granting agencies, the director of the NCE Secretariat, the managers responsible for data coordination in the three agencies, and the senior managers of the Chairs Secretariat.

The IPRC’s mandate is to ensure that the decision on whether agency programs should be included in the credit base is made in a consistent, appropriate, and transparent manner. This mandate includes:

  • reviewing all current agency programs on an annual basis to ensure that their inclusion or exclusion from the credit calculations is appropriate; and
  • reviewing all new agency programs to determine whether or not they should be included, in whole or in part, in the calculations of institutional credits for the Canada Research Chairs Program.

Crediting parent institution with research activity conducted at affiliated research institutes

The credit base of an institution eligible for the Canada Research Chairs Program includes credits generated by research activity conducted at the institution as well as research conducted at affiliated research institutes, hospitals and other affiliates.

Every year, the Chairs Secretariat contacts eligible institutions (parent institutions) to confirm their list of affiliated institutions (child institutions). Research funding awarded to researchers at affiliated research institutes, hospitals and other affiliates is credited to the parent university only if the affiliation is duly confirmed in the annual validation of affiliated institutions. It is the institutions’ responsibility to ensure that the information provided to the Chairs Secretariat is current and accurate. As well, all institutions (eligible to the Canada Research Chairs Program and affiliates) should ensure that their researchers clearly identify their institutional affiliation in their applications to granting agency programs, as this is how credits are identified and allocated.

Flow-through funds

Research funding originating from sources other than the three federal granting agencies, but which is awarded as a result of a process administered by the three agencies, is not included in the credits.

Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) funds

For NCE funds, the credits are based on dollars spent, not awarded. When calculating the credit base for the chairs allocation calculations, funds spent by administrative centres hosted by a university are attributed to the host university, for eligible categories. Funds spent by non-university administrative centres are not credited to any institution. Research funds spent by network researchers are attributed to the institution where the research expenses have been made.

Division of credits for multi-institutional grants

The credits for multi-institutional grants are typically divided proportionally among participating institutions based on the number of participating researchers from each institution. The share for an institution that is not eligible for the Canada Research Chairs Program is redistributed among eligible institutions.

There are two models—described below—for the division of credits for multi-institutional grants. The model to be used is decided upon by IPRC when the eligibility of the program is reviewed.

A—Proportional to the number of researchers: Credits are divided proportionally among participating institutions based on the number of participating researchers from each eligible institution. This model applies to the majority of programs.

B—Proportional to actual expenditures: For programs where the funds from a single grant are redistributed among participating institutions through a formal process, credits are divided among participating institutions according to actual expenditures (e.g. NCEs).