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December 3, 2020
Research Data Alliance publishes guidelines on COVID-19 data sharing

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is an international member-based organization focused on the development of infrastructure and community activities that reduce barriers to data sharing and exchange, and the acceleration of data-driven innovation worldwide.

Recently, the RDA released its COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines on Data Sharing, which contain information on various data repositories, data sources, and metadata standards that health researchers can use to manage their own datasets and/or access publicly available COVID-19 data. The guidelines on data and software sharing also help researchers and data stewards follow best practices to maximize the efficiency of their work and will act as a blueprint for future emergencies.

To learn more about how the guidelines can help policymakers and funders maximize timely, quality data and software sharing and appropriate responses in such health emergencies, please visit the Research Data Alliance recommendations and guidelines on data sharing Web page.


September 2, 2020
Transcripts for the fall 2020 scholarships and fellowships competitions

Canada’s three granting agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – acknowledge that the widespread disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may hinder the ability of some institutions to provide applicants with official and up-to-date transcripts in advance of the deadline date, particularly at institutions which do not currently provide official electronic versions of these documents. Therefore, for the fall 2020 scholarships and fellowships competitions, the agencies will accept unofficial transcripts if official transcripts cannot be obtained.

Applicants should contact their faculty of graduate studies to determine whether an official transcript can be provided. Submission of an application will continue to serve as a formal attestation that the applicant has provided true, complete, and accurate information in the application and its related documents.


August 19, 2020
Update: Research Data Management Policy

CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC have postponed launching the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy until further notice, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Once launched, the agencies will continue to collaborate with the research community to phase in the policy requirements.

The current pandemic has illustrated the critical role that research data management plays in building a research system that reflects the FAIR principles – that data are findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. Many researchers, research institutions, stakeholder organizations and other groups have worked diligently during the COVID-19 pandemic to support research data management. This includes data management planning, institutional support for research data management, and data deposit and access. The agencies encourage the community to continue these efforts to further research data management in Canada and abroad.

August 6, 2020
New information on increased support for students, trainees and research support personnel funded through CIHR research grants

Following the updates regarding additional funding to support trainees (students and postdoctoral fellows) and research support, we have added new frequently asked questions (FAQ) in an effort to help guide you in advance of the August 13 deadline. Please refer to the FAQ and previous updates, and if you have any additional questions contact


June 30, 2020
Update on increased support for students, trainees and research support personnel funded through CIHR research grants

June 19, 2020
Tri-agency research investments awarded to latest cohort of talented scholarship and fellowship recipients


May 21, 2020
Canadian researchers explore sustainable living on planet Earth

May 8, 2020
Update to COVID-19 funding objectives

May 4, 2020

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements

For reasons related to COVID-19, Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (MSFSS) recipients can defer their travel beyond the one-year deadline from the notice of award, provided they still hold an active Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS). If they no longer hold an active CGS, they can defer their MSFSS provided they are still registered at the same Canadian institution.

COVID-19 exceptions to Tri-agency post-award regulations for trainees

Training award recipients (master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral) may defer the start date of their award, or request an unpaid interruption, normally in four-month increments, for reasons related to the COVID-19 situation. For master’s and doctoral award holders, this can be adjusted to align with the next available start date (May 1, 2020; September 1, 2020; or January 1, 2021). At this time, deferrals and interruptions due to COVID-19 will be allowed until January 1, 2021.

The agencies will continue to support training award holders who, given the challenges posed by the COVID-19 situation, can only devote part-time hours to their research. They may continue to hold their awards and will be paid at the full amount. The amount will not be prorated, and the end date of the award will remain unchanged.


For the period where travel is significantly limited due to the COVID pandemic, training award recipients may choose to hold their award remotely while pursuing their research training, so long as the following conditions are met:

  • Students must be registered at the host institution during the period when travel restrictions/institution closures are in place. Postdoctoral fellows must be actively engaged in research.
  • This arrangement must have the support from the supervisor.


April 22, 2020
Support for research trainees at Canadian institutions

April 7, 2020
COVID-19 Clinical Epidemiology Research Rapid Response

To further contribute to the global response to COVID-19, CIHR, in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), are leveraging the existing Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) to address the COVID-19 pandemic. CIRN is receiving $1 million through a direct grant to gather data related to COVID-19 symptoms, as well as possible treatments and risk factors, which will inform Canada’s public health response to COVID-19.


March 16, 2020
Tri-agency message on COVID-19

March 6, 2020
Notice to researchers about the eligibility of travel fees for disruptions caused by COVID-19

Coronavirus: Canada’s rapid research response


February 5, 2020
In Memoriam: Dr. Frank Plummer

February 4, 2020
Defining a path forward: Stakeholder engagement on pan-Canadian population cohorts

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