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Tri-agency financial administration engagement consultations

The Tri-agency (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) is in the process of substantively changing its financial guidelines with the goal of reducing administrative burden for researchers and institutions.

At this point in the process, the Tri-agency is seeking input from researchers to ensure all key “pain points” and challenges are identified to enable mitigation of these problems. The University of Waterloo has been selected as one of 12 institutions to participate in the pilot of the new guidelines and the Tri-agency will visit on October 11 and 12, to receive input from Waterloo faculty members/grant recipients. Please register below for one of the two sessions. 

The Tri-agency has launched a new initiative called the Renewal of the Tri-Agency Financial Administration which focuses on the following three key areas:

  • moving to a less directive approach for the administration and use of grant funds,
  • renewing the Agencies’ approach to Financial Monitoring reviews, and
  • increasing the overall effectiveness of the post-award administration of grants.

The engagement sessions will focus on the following topics:

  • overview of the renewal initiative and progress to date
  • roles and responsibilities of grant recipients and administering institutions for the administration of grants
  • feedback on issues that grant recipients encounter when using and managing grant funds, understanding the source of the issues and discussing how to potentially resolve them
  • next steps and pilot project at Waterloo

The Tri-Agency encourages grant recipients to participate in the engagement sessions as feedback from grant recipients is essential for ensuring that the Tri-Agency can successfully achieve the goal of the initiative which will, in turn, benefit grant recipients and administering institutions. If you are interested in attending one of the consultation sessions, please register below. Both sessions will be held in DC 1302.

If you require additional information, please contact the CIHR Contact Centre.

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The following 12 institutions will be participating in the pilot:

  • Brock University
  • Cape Breton University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • Laval University
  • McMaster University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • York University

The three phases of the initiativephases

  • “Principle-based” Guide that promotes efficiencies and reduces administrative burden to administering institutions and grant recipients.
  • Risk–based financial monitoring reviews.
  • Partnering with administering institutions with the objective of increasing effectiveness and reducing burden.
  • Leverage existing institutional financial management policies and controls.
  • Ongoing improvements in the post-award administration of grants.