Certifications Required for Tri-Agency Awards

The Office of Research Services (ORS) would like to remind researchers of certification requirements for new and ongoing Tri-Agency awards. In particular, certification requirements for any research project involving animals, biohazards or human participants.

Upon release of the award notifications, the ORS must confirm all appropriate certifications are valid prior to setting up new accounts for new grants OR prior to authorizing the release of next instalments of funding to existing grants.

If you are awarded a new Tri-Agency grant this spring, or you expect an installment for an existing grant, ORS will need to hear from you. To discuss current or new certifications requirements with the ORS, please contact one of the following staff members:

Office of Research Contact Information

Ornella McCarron for CIHR and SSHRC (omccarro@uoguelph.ca)
Vanessa Knox for NSERC (i.e. Discovery) (knoxva@uoguelph.ca)
Amy Bossaer for all Tri-Agency Partnership Grants (i.e. NSERC Alliance) (abossaer@uoguelph.ca)

Instructions for Researchers

  • If you are currently using or will immediately use animals, biohazards and/or human participants in your research for your grant’s fiscal year beginning April 1
    • E-mail the ORS staff member with the:
      • Valid certification number, and
      • Expiry date of certification.
  • If you will use animals, humans and/or biohazards in the future (sometime after April 1 of this year but before March 31 of the following year)
    • E-mail the ORS staff member with the date by which certifications will be required.
  • If your application indicated use of animals, biohazards and/or humans but you do not plan on using these in the current fiscal year:
    • E-mail the ORS staff member with the date by which certification was no longer required.
  • If there is a change in your research methodology such that new certifications are required
    • E-mail the ORS staff member, and 
      • Specify what new certifications are required (animals, humans, biohazards), and
      • Provide valid certification number(s) and/or dates of expiry.


  • Office of Research staff will communicate any changes to certification requirements to the Tri-Agencies.
  • We will make every effort for 1) all new accounts to be authorized for set up, AND 2) all installments for ongoing grants authorized, within four (4) weeks after we receive the award notifications, but will not be able to do so in the cases where certification is required but not yet valid.
  • Please note that Research Financial Services will release funding to individual researcher accounts after it is received from the granting agency, and after the Tri-Agency signing delegation is received (if applicable, for new grants only).
    • Please note that funding for the 2022-23 fiscal year will not be released if certifications are outstanding

Please refer to the chart below to determine how certification requirements might affect you.

Ensuring compliance with Tri-Agency certification requirements flowchart

Ethics and Regulatory Compliance – Animals
Ethics and Regulatory Compliance – Biohazards
Ethics and Regulatory Compliance – Human Participants


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