CIHR Guidelines on Identical or Essentially Identical Applications

Scope

The following interpretation guidelines aim to facilitate understanding of CIHR's general practices for managing and monitoring identical or essentially identical applications. These guidelines are intended to be read in conjunction with the Policy on Identical or Essentially Identical Applications (Section 5.2 of the CIHR Application Administration Guide).

Compliance

The following compliance requirements are based on the principles that CIHR must manage public funds effectively, such that funding is not duplicated for the same research objectives, and that fairness is achieved towards those applicants who compete for funding in observance of CIHR’s policies.

Consequences of Non-compliance

The determination of non-compliance is at the discretion of CIHR.

Confirmed cases of non-compliance may be reported to the Secretariat on the Responsible Conduct of Research, as a breach of the Tri-agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research, under article 3.1 Breaches of Agency Policies.

Consequences will be determined on a case-by-case basis. This may involve the withdrawal of all applications determined to be identical or essentially identical to the first submission or cancellation of duplicate funding.

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