Collaborations between federal research funding organizations

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The Tri-agencies

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) are federal granting agencies that support research, research training and innovation in Canadian postsecondary institutions. Collectively they are known as the Tri-agencies or the Government’s granting councils.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is a federally funded organization that enables this research, training and innovation through investments in state-of-the-art infrastructure.

Working in close collaboration, CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, and CFI invest in talented people, research excellence and infrastructure, and facilitate knowledge translation and mobilization to help foster a culture of social and commercial innovation. Together, they enable the creation of research partnerships and the sharing of knowledge between universities, colleges and the private sector. The organizations also provide leadership for Canada’s research community, and work to position the future of Canadian research and innovation internationally – for the benefit of all Canadians.

Canada Research Coordinating Committee

One of the ways the Tri-agencies work together is through the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC), which was created by the Minister of Science to improve the coordination efforts of Canada’s granting agencies and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The CRCC plays an important role in reinvigorating Canada's support for science to meet the current and future needs of the country's scientists, scholars and students.

Visit the CRCC website to learn more about the work of the Committee and get the latest news.

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