Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund

OVERVIEW
The
Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF), is part of the federal government's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The temporary program was established to help sustain research enterprises at Canadian universities and health research institutions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program includes 4 stages, the first was to avert or reverse layoffs of eligible research personnel (e.g., research staff, students, post-doctoral fellows) paid in part or in whole by non-governmental sources. Stages are described below. 

STAGE 4 - ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH PERSONNEL 
The newly announced Stage 4 will provide additional wage support for eligible research-related personnel supported in Stage 1. Stage 4 increases the maximum support duration from 12 to 24 weeks. Researchers who received Stage 1 funding will be contacted to confirm Stage 4 eligibility. If eligible, funding will be transferred by VPRI staff. 

STAGE 3 - RESEARCH MAINTENANCE/RAMP-UP COSTS 
CRCEF Stage 3 is to support direct costs of research that have been incurred to:

  • Maintain essential research-related commitments during COVID-19; and
  • Support the ramp up to full research activities as physical distancing measures are eased and research activities can resume.
  • We distributed Stage 3 funding to our affiliated health research institution, Alberta Health Services (AHS), based upon their proportionate share of all research revenues earned.

ELIGIBILITY
Only extraordinary and incremental direct costs of research related to those already covered by existing sources of funds are eligible, and only for the time period March 15 - Nov 15, 2020. Eligible expenses will be reimbursed up to 75%. Funding will be provided to faculties based on its relative share of total research revenue in fiscal 2020. Research Services informed faculties of their respective allocations. 

FACULTY ALLOCATION
Each faculty receiving an allocation for Stage 3 will need to develop a process by which their Project Holders with eligible costs can submit requests to their faculty office for review and approval.  The process should consider a faculty’s unique needs along with those of its departments and researchers. 

Faculties will be responsible for ensuring that approved expenses are eligible for CRCEF stage 3 relief and that they do not exceed their allocation. 

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
The university must report its total institutional Stage 3 funding need to the CRCEF program by December 15, 2020 or risk losing its allocation.  To accommodate this, all eligible and approved costs must be submitted to the Office of the VP(RI) no later than December 11, 2020 for processing.  Any costs received after this date will not be reimbursed.  Additional details about these requirements have been provided to the faculty contacts. 

STAGE 2 - DOESN'T APPLY TO UALBERTA 

STAGE 1 - CLOSED

  • Approved UAlberta applications are now being processed. 
  • We distributed Stage 1 funding to our affiliated health research institution AHS based on the proportionate share of non-governmental research revenues earned by AHS and UAlberta.   

UALBERTA CRCEF EDI STRATEGY
The university envisions and cultivates a community where equity and diversity are fundamental to inclusive excellence in learning, teaching, research, service, and community engagement--as stated in our
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) Strategic Plan and as pledged as a Dimensions Charter signatory.  

We convened a CRCEF Governance and Review Committee to decide how CRCEF funds will be allocated and to adhere to the university's commitment to a diverse, inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff from Alberta, Canada, and the world.  Committee members included representatives of equity seeking groups who are also leaders in this field of research:

This group was instrumental in developing the university's CRCEF EDI Adjudication Strategy which was used in Stage 1 and Stage 3 funding decisions. All committee members completed the Tri-Council’s Unconscious Bias Training Module and the Government of Canada’s Introduction to Gender-Based Analysis+ course. 

OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR UALBERTA CRCEF PROGRAM

  • Primary contact: Michael Walesiak, Director, Finance & Administration
    Office of the Vice-President (Research and Innovation)
    780.492.1642 | walesiak@ualberta.ca
  • Vice-president responsible: Walter T. Dixon, Interim Vice-President (Research and Innovation)