Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund

The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) was announced on May 15, 2020, as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The temporary program has been established to help sustain the research enterprise at Canadian universities and health research institutions that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is expected that the program will help reduce negative impacts of the pandemic and ensure that the benefits of significant investments to date in universities and health research institutions are protected. This will maintain Canada’s international competitiveness in the global, knowledge-based economy, and contribute to Canadians’ health and social and cultural life, as well as the health of Canada’s natural environment.

CRCEF is a tri-agency program and is administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) on behalf of the three federal research funding agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and SSHRC. The Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) provides strategic oversight for the program and approves awards. The Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) provides administration.

Program objectives

The program, which has a total budget of $450 million, has two objectives:

  • as a priority, to provide wage support to universities and health research institutions, both of which are ineligible to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), to help them retain research-related personnel during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic (up to $325 million); and
  • to support extraordinary incremental costs associated with maintaining essential research-related commitments during the COVID-19 pandemic, and then ramping-up to full research activities as physical distancing measures are eased and research activities can resume ($125 million).

Stage 3 and 4 - Call for applications and more information


Regulatory requirements


CRCEF Transparency Requirement UVic response
List of affiliated health research institutions receiving funding Not applicable
Detailed overview of the method of distribution to their affiliated health research institutions in each stage of the program

Stage 1 and 2 - Refer to UVic decision process for distribution of CRCEF funds

Stage 3 - To be developed in Sept 2020

Equity, diversity and inclusion strategy Refer to UVic decision process for distribution of CRCEF funds
Governance structure for making decisions on how funds will be/were used Each PI submitted eligibility information and an attestation to the Office of Research Services (ORS); those data were validated by ORS personnel in collaboration with Research Accounting and Vice-President Finance and Operations personnel; the Vice-President Research (VPR) and Vice-President Finance and Operations (VPFO) reviewed and approved all applications and reports, with support from their respective Executive Committees (VPR and VPFO Executive Committees include representatives from equity-seeking groups and have received unconscious bias training).
Tailored decision body with affiliated institutions Not applicable
Contact responsible for requirement adherence

Dr. Lisa Kalynchuk
Vice-President Research
vpr@uvic.ca