CIHR Awards: General Conditions of Funding

The following are the general conditions of funding for CIHR awards. The Nominated Principal Applicant (NPA) is responsible for ensuring compliance, where relevant to their research, for the tenure of the award.

  1. Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research - 2021 (RCR Framework)
    • Observe the requirements detailed in section 2 pertaining to research integrity, applying for funding, financial management, and the requirements for conducting certain types of research.
    • Immediately inform institutional officials of any changes in the nature of the research that may have an impact on certification or approvals (section 2.4).
  2. Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans – TCPS 2 (2022)
    • Ensure approval by a Research Ethics Board (REB) is obtained before commencing research involving humans; inform institutional officials/REB if their research plan changes to include new activities involving humans.
  3. Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration (TAGFA) (research allowance/support portion only)
    • Ensure expenditures are in accordance with the principles and directives governing the Appropriate use of Grant Funds (Part 2).
    • Ensure compliance with CIHR’s Transfer of funds requirements when transferring funds to secondary institutions (Part 3);
    • (Chair/Salary Awards only) Immediately notify CIHR and the administering institution in writing, in the event of a change in their eligibility status with respect CIHR’s requirements for the NPA role (Part 6).
  4. Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide (Training Awards only)
    • The NPA is responsible for abiding by the applicable policies and requirements stated in the Guide, which includes:
      • immediately inform the agency of any discontinuation of studies or research, temporary or permanent, during the tenure of the award.
      • not hold a tenure or tenure-track appointment, or be on leave from such an appointment, concurrent with an award.
      • not hold more than one scholarship (master’s or doctoral) or fellowship from either CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC simultaneously.
  5. CIHR Application Administration Guide Requirements
    • Not hold their award concurrently with other career support/training award funded by a Canadian federal funding source (Award Restrictions; section 5.3.2/5.3.3).
  6. Acknowledgement of CIHR Support
    • Acknowledge CIHR’s contribution to their research in all written and oral presentations of the research results, including scientific articles and public relations activities (e.g., news releases, news conferences, public lectures, media interviews, and web and social media posts). All publications, where appropriate, must include the Funding Reference Number (FRN).
  7. Breach of Agency Policy
    • If a breach of CIHR policy is alleged or confirmed, the Tri-agency framework: Responsible conduct of research applies. CIHR’s recourse for confirmed breaches varies by severity, and may include but is not limited to:
      • Withholding installments of and/or termination of the award.
      • Requirement to reimburse funds.
      • Ineligibility to participate in peer review committees.
      • Ineligibility to hold/apply for Agency funding, temporarily or permanently.
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