COVID-19

Support for Canadian Researchers

By May 15, 2020 May 20th, 2020 No Comments

The Government of Canada recognizes the important role of researchers in developing innovative solutions to health and societal issues. We also recognize the impact that COVID-19 has had on these operations. On Friday, our government announced $450 million in funding for universities and health research institutes across Canada. This funding will:

  • Provide wage support of up to 75% per individual, amounting to a maximum of $847/week, and will also apply to research staff whose work has been temporarily suspended. This is equivalent to wage support offered through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
  • Offer cost-coverage of up to 75% for current essential research and re-starting operations after COVID-19. This will support activities such as the safe storage of dangerous substances and restarting data sets that were interrupted during the pandemic.
  • Be distributed through the three federal granting agencies: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
  • Build on the $291.6 million to federal granting agencies to extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research grants to support students and post-doctoral fellows, announced on April 22nd.
  • Allow all Canadian universities and health research institutes that are eligible for funding through these federal granting agencies, and ineligible for other COVID-19 emergency wage measures, to access support through this temporary program. The funding will be delivered as a block grant, so institutions can access help quickly to address their most pressing needs.

More information can be found here: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/05/15/prime-minister-announces-support-research-staff-canada

While my office is closed, my team and I are here to help. Should you need assistance in accessing the above funds, please feel free to contact us at the coordinates below.