As a research affiliate of Laurentian University (LU), the Health Sciences North Research Institute is supported through the CRCEF funds allocated to those LU affiliates. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) along with Laurentian University and HSNRI participates as members of the Universities’ oversight Committees.
HSNRI acknowledges that the research enterprise at each of our institutions has been severely impacted by COVID-19. The creation of the Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund by the Government of Canada will help us to maintain staff and resume essential research activities during the pandemic.
For details on the Universities’ CRCEF responses please visit Laurentian University
Stage 1 and 4 – Wage support for research-related personnel
Details regarding Stage 1 was released by TIPS on June 23, 2020. The allocation from Laurentian University to affiliates was based on the CAUBO formula. The coverage period for Stage 1 wage support was March 15 to August 29, 2020 for 12 cumulative weeks. CRCEF covers up to 75% of wages up to a maximum of $847/week over a 12 week period. The HSNRI Controller identified a list of highly qualified persons hired on non-governmental grants held at HSNRI eligible for the wage subsidy and the hiring researchers were contacted.
Stage 4 was launched by TIPS on September 30, 2020 with a national budget of $84M (resulting from Stage 2 unspent funds). Stage 4 provides additional wage supports for eligible research personnel extending the eligibility period from 12 weeks to 24 weeks. The HSNRI Controller identified a list of highly qualified persons hired on non-governmental grants held at HSNRI eligible for the wage subsidy. Upon confirmation of funding for CRCEF Stage 4 by TIPs, awarded funds will be shared, prorated and consistent with the national funding rate.
HSNRI is responsible for attesting to Laurentian University that their processes meet CRCEF program requirements.
Stage 3 – Research maintenance and ramp-up costs
Stage 3 was launched by TIPS at the beginning of September 2020. Full details for this stage were confirmed at the beginning of October 2020. HSNRI and Laurentian University undertook a data collection exercise, to identify eligible expenses and also issued an open call to the research community. Laurentian University hosted webinars that were open to all researchers including affiliated institutions.
Stage 3 is meant to support extraordinary incremental costs associated with:
1) maintaining essential research-related commitments during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
2) supporting ramp-up to full research activities as physical distancing measures are eased and research activities can resume.
Only the direct costs of research that are extraordinary and incremental to those already covered by existing sources of funds and which have been incurred between March 15 and November 15, 2020 will be reimbursed at a rate up to 75%. Researchers are required to provide the 25% matching funds from other sources.
All researchers holding grants at HSNRI were directly contacted and asked to submit a list of their eligible costs per the CRCEF Stage 3 guidelines to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should the demand in Stage 3 go beyond available funding, an adjudication process utilizing the Stage 3 decision-making criteria will be followed (see Section 4 below).
For questions about the process, please contact email@example.com.
Laurentian University, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and HSNRI have attested to the responsible stewardship and implementation of the CRCEF program, including a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion strategies in decision-making.
As an inclusive employer, HSNRI recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of our entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by equity-seeking groups in our society, and we strive to support all individuals in achieving academic and professional success.
In managing the CRCEF funds, we commit to fully comply with the program’s equity, diversity and inclusion decision-making and allocation requirements. Equity-seeking groups include, but are not limited to, women, racialized minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons from LGBTQ2+ communities.
Stage 1 submitted claims did not exceed the funds allocated, so all eligible requests were given the same consideration and supported to the maximum amount allowable under the CRCEF funding guidelines. In the event that funding requests for Stage 3 and 4 are higher than the allocated funding by the CRCEF, Laurentian University will convene a CRCEF Adjudication Committee to review all Stage 3 and 4 applications. HSNRI will adhere to the EDI principles and decision-making processes for this adjudication as outlined by Laurentian University