CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC (Tri-Council/Tri-Agency) are initiating changes to simplify and provide additional flexibility in the use and administration of grant funds.
UBC is participating in the pilot phase of this initiative, known as "Renewal of the Tri-Agency Financial Administration”.
As part of the first phase of this initiative, starting in the fall, UBC researchers holding CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC grants will adhere primarily to UBC guidelines and policies in managing this funding. This is intended to simplify and reduce the amount of time that researchers and their teams spend on the administration of these grants. Throughout the pilot phase, UBC will be working with researchers to identify and manage discrepancies between the previous Tri-Council guidelines and UBC's polices, processes and monitoring.
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In advance of these changes, representatives from the Tri-Agency will be holding on-campus consultation sessions for current and recent CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC grant holders to provide information regarding the initiative and to gain a better understanding of grant recipients’ concerns.
These following sessions will be held on our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. The Vancouver sessions will also be available as a webcast for affiliated hospital sites.
July 31, 2:00-4:00pm, Life Sciences Centre, Room 1001 (LSC 1) 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver
August 1, 1:30-3:00pm SCI 396, UBC Okanagan
August 2, 9:30-11:00am, Michael Smith Laboratories, MSL Theatre 102, 2185 East Mall, Vancouver
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;
- Discussion of issues/irritants that you (grant recipients) encounter when using and managing grant funds, understanding the source of the issues/irritants and discussing how such irritants can be resolved;and
- The next phase of the pilot project at UBC.
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.