Managing Research Funds

Early Set Up of Research Account

Circumstances may arise where the principal investigator requests access to an account before the required documentation is complete. The Office of Research Services recommends early account set ups only in extenuating circumstances.

Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) Grant Extensions and NSERC/SSHRC General Research Fund (GRF) Application Guidelines

Research grants awarded by the Tri-Councils (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) have specified end dates. However, the Tri-Councils provide for a one (1)-year extension (a “terminal year”) to most grants’ end dates. Any further extensions beyond the terminal year as indicated by CIHR, NSERC and/or SSHRC will require written approval from the Tri-Councils’ program staff.

Upon completion of the grant’s terminal year, NSERC and SSHRC only will allow residual funds from prior years to be retained by the University of Guelph under certain conditions determined by their Finance and Awards Administration Division. These funds will be transferred to a General Research Fund (GRF). NSERC and SSHRC expect that the University of Guelph will use these funds for the broad purpose of enhancing the quality of research in the natural sciences and engineering, or in the social sciences and humanities, as applicable. Funds must be spent in a timely manner.

Trust Account Setup and Funding Notifications

Before funds awarded may be deposited and expended, the Office of Research Services requires that protocols for the use of animals, human participants or biohazards have been approved. Once these approvals are confirmed (if applicable), the Office of Research Services will proceed with administering the funds.

Roles and Responsibilities of those involved in Research Award Administration

This document outlines the Roles and Responsibilities of those involved with Research Award Administration to ensure the funds are utilized for the designated purposes for which they are awarded and they comply with UofG and Sponsor policies and guidelines.