CRCEF RRU objectives
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.
Royal Roads University undertook the following process to determine how the funds would be used:
The Vice President Research and International (VPR&I), and the Director of Research Services, both of whom serve on the President’s Steering Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (PSCEDI), met initially to discuss the fund and to discuss who to involve in the process. The VPR&I and the Director of Research Services determined that the Vice President Finance & Chief Financial Officer (VP&CFO), who is also a member of the PSCEDI should be involved in the CRCEF group for discussions and setting of process. This group contains representation from the Federally Designated Groups, and all members have undergone unconscious bias training.
The following information was gathered by the Director of Research Services:
- Number of research projects currently funded by non-governmental sources;
- Brief details of each project including active research personnel;
- Expenditures between April 1 and June 26 on research personnel for each project; and,
- An estimate of the projected amount of funding the university might be eligible to receive.
The information was presented to the VPR&I and the VP&CFO and a virtual meeting held June 29th to discuss.
The financial implications based on each PIs identified needs were calculated coming to a total of approximately just under $38,500. The allocation of the funding was therefore not competitive, and no program web page has been set up beyond this public disclosure page.
Affiliated health research institutions receiving funding and method of distribution to affiliated health research institutions
Strategy for equity, diversity and inclusion decision-making
As Stage 1 funding protects current employees, and continues to fund a portion of their salary or allows an increase in their hours worked, the following strategy and actions are being undertaken with regard to equity, diversity and inclusion:
- The Director of Research Services, who is a member of the Presidents Steering Committee for EDI will work with each PI prior to disbursing the supplement to identify concerns and barriers and will work with the institution’s EDI Specialist in Human Resources to address those concerns.
- All work pertaining to the Stage 1 CRCEF funding will conform to policy and processes currently in place to ensure that all employment decisions do not negatively affect a researcher’s ability to work during the pandemic due to child/family care or increased risk related to exposure to COVID-19, These apply to the research personnel on all projects. The Director of Research Services will discuss each of the research personnel’s individual needs to ensure that no researcher or trainee is negatively affected.
- Each PI who was eligible to access the funding under this program has had the opportunity to present and have their research considered. This includes research that is non-traditional, based in Indigenous ways of knowing, outside the mainstream of the discipline, or focused on issues of marginalized populations.
Senior-level individual responsible for ensuring the program’s requirements are followed
Dr. Pedro Márquez, Vice-President Research and International