Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund

This 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.

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. 

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.

uOttawa Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy for the Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)

The University of Ottawa is committed to building and sustaining an inclusive culture that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion within our scholarly and leadership environments for students, faculty and staff. We continually work to identify and remove barriers and obstacles that limit equitable access and opportunities. The University strongly supports initiatives that encourage the participation of the four designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities), as defined in the Employment Equity Act, as well as other groups.


The uOttawa EDI strategy focuses on improving the decision-making process, transparency and monitoring of equity and diversity in the management of CRCEF funding. This strategy supports uOttawa in making progress towards addressing the needs of all its researchers including the members of the four designated groups (FDGs)—women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities—members of LGBTQ2+ communities and others in obtaining access to the program and benefiting from the program objectives – retaining research personnel adversely affected through the COVID-19 Pandemic and providing support to maintain essential research functions and support research ramp-up costs.

Affiliated Hospital Research Institutes

The six affiliated hospital research institutes developed their own EDI statements and strategies, using a similar approach. Each institute created a decision-making committee with representation from individuals from various groups to discuss their EDI statement and strategy to allocate funds in an equitable, diverse and inclusive wayWhere applicable, they aligned their strategies with other existing institutional EDI activities. uOttawa reviewed the plans, which are available upon request, to ensure that they met the CRCEF Program requirements.

Contact Information

For any questions regarding the program, please contact:

Terry Campbell
Assistant Vice-President, Research Services
University of Ottawa

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Research advisors

Be sure to contact your Faculty’s Research Advisors! They are a great resource and will help guide you in the administrative process of getting funding for your research. Check out your faculty’s homepage to find out more.