Update to the Tri-Agencies Financial Administration Guide (TAFAG)

The three federal granting agencies—CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC — have posted the 2014 Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide on their respective Web sites. The guide is effective January 1st, 2015 and supersedes all previous versions.

The summary of changes is as follows:

  1. Extension period for use of funds beyond a grant period

NSERC and SSHRC programs have been added to the list of programs that have a 1 year automatic extension period. 

  1. Travel and subsistence costs for collaborators

Collaborators’ travel and subsistence expenses are eligible “if related to research planning and exchange of information with the grantee or for the dissemination of research results (NSERC and SSHRC only); unless this is not permitted according to their formal participation in certain programs, as described in the program specific description and or application instructions (NSERC only).”

  1. Adjunct professors

“Adjunct professors whose primary place of employment is outside the university sector can only use their funds for direct support of students (salaries or stipends and student travel costs), all other costs must be covered through other sources of funding (NSERC only).” 

  1. Administrative Matters – Termination of a Grant (SSHRC)

“If a grantee’s primary affiliation is no longer with an eligible Canadian institution and if the grant cannot be transferred to an eligible co-applicant, the grant will be terminated.”

  1. Administrative Matters – Sabbatical/Research Leave (NSERC and SSHRC only)

“Grantees who are on a sabbatical/research leave (paid or unpaid) of more than one year are no longer eligible to hold and receive funding from a grant, and their grant will be terminated. Note: There must be at least one year between two sabbatical/research leaves for a grant to continue.”

  1. Administrative Matters – Paid maternity and parental leave for students and PDFs (NSERC)

The supplement will be paid to students and fellows as per their current salary/stipend for up to four months* (NSERC).  *Changing to six months for a new paid parental leave starting on April 1, 2015 or later.


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