Foundation Grant Program role definitions

Within the Foundation Grant there will be three roles:

  1. Program Leader
  2. Program Leader - Administrative Coordinator
  3. Program Expert

1. Program Leader

A Program Leader is defined as an individual who will be responsible for setting and overseeing the intellectual and strategic direction of the CIHR-funded program of research.

Any individual in the role of Program Leader who is active in the Canadian academic or research environment and whose role includes an expectation to engage in research must also:

  • be autonomous regarding their research activities; and
  • have an academic or research appointment at a CIHR eligible institution which:
    • allows the individual to pursue the proposed research program, to engage in independent research activities for the entire duration of the funding, to act as the primary supervisor of trainees, and to publish the research results; and
    • obliges the individual to conform to institutional regulations concerning the conduct of research, the supervision of trainees, and the employment conditions of staff paid with CIHR funding.

Individuals who are not located within the Canadian academic or research environment at a CIHR eligible institution, as defined above (e.g., knowledge-users, researchers who are not located in Canada), may apply as a Program Leader. These individuals are not required to meet the expectations noted above; however, they must apply jointly with a Program Leader who does meet the above expectations.

2. Program Leader - Administrative Coordinator

The individual who assumes the role of Administrative Coordinator for the grant must also be in a role of Program Leader. The Administrative Coordinator assumes all responsibility for administrative matters related to the grant including but not limited to submitting the application and coordinating any required reporting. In cases when there are multiple Program Leaders, the Administrative Coordinator must be from a Canadian academic or research environment at a CIHR eligible institution.

Note: CIHR requires all Program Leaders to be fully accountable for setting and overseeing the intellectual and strategic direction of the CIHR-funded program of research. The dual role as Administrative Coordinator does not imply a superior contribution to the leadership of the research program.

3. Program Expert

A Program Expert is an individual who participates in or contributes to the program of research but does not direct the program. The participation of a Program Expert may span the full duration of the grant or may only be required for a portion of the funding period.

Program Experts may be named on a grant application depending on their level of involvement and at the discretion of the Program Leader(s).

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