Federal funding support for research personnel and trainees impacted by COVID-19

I am pleased to share more details of federal funding programs that are available to support the payment of salaries of research personnel and trainees who have been impacted by lost funds or research interruptions due to COVID-19. The following programs are applicable for research at UBC and affiliated health research institutions:

Research funded by non-government sources (industry and foundations)

The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) is a tri-agency program administered by SSHRC and is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The initial focus of this fund is on wage support. It can cover up to 75% of salaries paid to research personnel or trainees through research projects funded by non-government sources. To qualify for payment, salaries must have been associated with projects that have either lost industry or foundation funding, or have been interrupted due to the impacts of research curtailment, between March 15 and August 29, 2020. CRCEF can fund salaries for a maximum of 12 weeks per individual within the eligibility period.

Faculty members will be contacted by their department, Faculty, or affiliated institution regarding submitting salary funding requests for projects with eligible funding sources. More details about eligibility can be found at https://research.ubc.ca/cwl/CRCEF.

Please note that applications to the UBC Research Staff and Trainee Emergency Fund are currently suspended as we fully determine how the UBC fund intersects with CRCEF.

More information about CRCEF can be found at https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/crcef-fucrc/index-eng.aspx.

Research funded by federal granting agencies (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR)

Additional information has been published by the federal granting agencies about supplementary support for research personnel and trainees funded by NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR grants. Faculty members will be contacted directly by the relevant funding agency for each eligible grant they hold. Additional details are posted on the web pages listed below:

We are grateful to the federal government for this support for research personnel and trainees at Canadian universities and affiliated health research institutions.

Gail Murphy
Vice-President, Research & Innovation

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