Federal Funding Sources

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are referred to collectively as the Tri-agency. They are the main sources of Canadian Federal research funding.

R+I provides a wide range of services and resources to support applications from McGill researchers to Tri-agency funding programs and other special programs designed for institutional and strategic initiatives.


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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency responsible for funding health research in Canada.


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The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is the Canadian federal funding agency that promotes and supports basic university research and partnered-project research in the natural sciences and engineering.


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The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the Canadian federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

Special Programs

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The Tri-agency offers special programs that are administered by the SSHRC on behalf of the three federal research funding agencies: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC. The Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) provides strategic oversight for those programs and approves awards. The Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) provides administration.


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