Guides and Resources

Tri-Agency Funding - Overview of Financial Management

The Tri-Agency Funding - Overview of Financial Management outlines roles & responsibilities, compliance management, administrative matters and more. The Tri-Agencies are comprised of NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) and CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research). Also under the Tri-Agency umbrella are the Canada Research Chairs and the Network Centres of Excellence. 

Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide (“the Guide”)

The Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide (“the Guide”) is a comprehensive resource for grant recipients and administering institutions, to ensure understanding of the principles and directives that govern post award
administration of grants funded by CIHR, NSERC and/or SSHRC. This Guide is applicable to CIHR, NSERC and/or SSHRC grants, unless specified otherwise in program specific literature, including funding opportunities and terms and conditions.

Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide Renewal

The Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide Renewal outlines the Objectives, Implementation Pilot Group, Principles Overview, Directives Overview and provides examples when Applying the Guide.

Post-Award Research Administration - Roles & Responsibilities

The Post-Award Research Administration - Roles & Responsibilities outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Principal Investigator/Account Holder, Department Chair and/or Dean, Department/Faculty Administrators, and Research Finance and Financial Services.As research funds are awarded to individual Principal Investigators and/or to the institution, the university has a stewardship responsibility to ensure the funds are utilized for the designated purposes for which they are awarded and to comply with corporate and sponsor policies and guidelines. This shared responsibility is distributed to several stakeholders, including the Principal Investigator, the departments and faculties, Financial Services and other central operations. 

Principal Investigator/Research Administration Responsibilities

The Principal Investigator/Research Administration Responsibilities document is intended to provide a summary of the responsibilities of Principal Investigators/Research Account Holders as they relate to the management of research funds.When research funds are awarded to individual researchers and/or to the institution, the University has a stewardship responsibility to ensure that the funds are utilized effectively and in accordance with sponsor policies and guidelines. 

Research Project Guide

The Research Project Guide, developed by Research Finance, Western University, focuses on the financial management of research funds after they have been awarded by the funding agency. The guide provides information about the financial responsibilities of holding research funds, as well as the financial tools available to monitor the funds, and common transactions associated with spending / receiving revenue.