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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
July 24, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

SSHRC/NSERC General Research Funds



SSHRC Standard Research Grants and NSERC Discovery grants which have not been renewed or extended or which have been terminate may contain unspent balances at termination. These unspent balances may comprise funds which had been allocated in prior fiscal years and/or funds issued in the current fiscal year.

Since April 1, 1992 (NSERC) and since April 1, 1998 (SSHRC), Council policy allows unspent funds from prior years to be retained by the university. These funds may then be transferred to a SSHRC or NSERC General Research Fund. Funds in these accounts are controlled by the university president and must be used for enhancing the quality of research in the eligible disciplines within either SSHRC or NSERC.


Policy

Upon the expiration of a SSHRC or NSERC grant, the Laurier Office of Research Services will request that the appropriate Council permit all residual funds to be transferred to the appropriate Laurier General Research Fund (GRF). The President has delegated the responsibility for the administration of these funds to the Vice-President: Research, who must report annually to each Council on the use of their funds.

Regulations

a) For minor and major NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Grants, grantees have the grant year plus an additional year of automatic extension within which to spend NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Grants. Beyond this two-year period from the date of the award (April 1), accounts will be closed and all residual funds transferred to the GRF.

b) For SSHRC Standard Research Grants, SSHRC Insight Program grants, and NSERC Discovery Grants, grantees have the grant period (including any special extensions granted by the Council), plus an additional year of automatic extension within which to spend the grants. Beyond this one year extension from the end of the granting period (April 1), accounts will be closed and all residual funds transferred to the appropriate GRF.

c) Within six months of the transfer of funds to the GRF, the grantee may apply in writing to the Office of Research Services (at research@wlu.ca) for an internal grant to use part or all of the returned funds for ongoing research related to the original grant or to begin a new project.

The application must include a budget, a rationale for the research to be completed, and a proposed schedule for completing the research, including the presentation and publication of findings and proposed future applications for funding. This application must be supported by the applicant's Chairperson and Dean. 

d) After the six month period noted above (c), the funds become part of a general fund to stimulate new research initiatives. Priority for the use of these funds will be given to SSHRC - or NSERC-eligible scholars who have completed their doctorate in the last five years, or to productive scholars who have lost, or who have been unsuccessful in obtaining, a Standard or Insight grant (SSHRC) or Discovery Grant (NSERC).

e) Applicants may apply in writing to the Office of Research Services (research@wlu.ca). The application must include a budget, a rationale for the research to be completed, and a proposed schedule for completing the research, including the presentation and publication of findings and proposed future external applications for funding. This application must be supported by the applicant's Chairperson and Dean. The deadline for applications to the GRF is open, but potential applicants should consult with the Vice-President: Research as to their eligibility, and as to whether funds are available. 

f) The Vice-President: Research will provide SCRAP with a copy of any annual report submitted to SSHRC or NSERC on the expenditure of funds in the General Research Funds.