Types of spending

Principal Investigators (PIs) have overall responsibility for the management of their research funds; they must ensure that all expenditures comply with University of Waterloo policies and sponsor requirements.  

PIs are responsible for monitoring all financial transactions relating to their research projects. Key eligibility information for some of the most common research sponsors and grants can be found on the expense eligibility of common sponsors page.

The most common types of expenditures on research accounts are:

Tri-Agency rulings and explanations

As needed, the Office of Research will request and receive rulings and explanations of specific expenses or types of spending from the Tri-Agency. These rulings will apply to all Tri-Agency sponsors (NSERC, CIHR, and SSHRC) and provide useful information about the eligibility of expenses and the Tri-Agency’s documentation and justification expectations. If you have specific questions, please contact us.