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Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)


Total budget of $450 million


The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) was announced on May 15, 2020, as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The temporary program has been established to help sustain the research enterprise at Canadian universities and health research institutions that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible Applicants

Only eligible institutions that confirm the need for emergency funds will have access to funding from the program.

  1. Universities eligible to the Research Support Fund (RSF) are eligible to apply to CRCEF directly. Health research institutions will receive funding through the universities with which they are affiliated.
  2. Non-affiliated health research institutions that are already eligible for agency funding will be eligible to apply directly to the program. CIHR’s list of eligible health institutions will be used to identify non-affiliated health institutions that could potentially apply to the program. A public call will be put in place in mid-July to ensure these additional institutions can access the program.

Eligible Expenses

Only direct costs of research as outlined below are eligible. Expenses for wage support must be incurred between March 15 and August 29, 2020. Expenses for maintenance and ramp-up costs must be incurred between March 15 and November 15, 2020.

Deadline Date

  November 30, 2020 (Stage3); December 15, 2020 (Stage4)


Contact Name: Canada Research Coordinating Committee

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