Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC)
The Tri-Council Agencies, made up of 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 (SSHRC), are a major source of research funding for post-secondary institutions in Canada. All research that is funded by the Tri-Council Agencies must be in accordance with the Tri-Council Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This MOU describes the basic requirements for obtaining and maintaining institutional eligibility to administer research funds.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
CIHR is the Government of Canada's agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. CIHR was created in 2000 under the authority of the CIHR Act and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Health.
CIHR was created to transform health research in Canada by:
- funding more research on targeted priority areas;
- building research capacity in under-developed areas such as population health and health services research;
- training the next generation of health researchers; and
- focusing on knowledge translation, so that the results of research are transformed into policies, practices, procedures, products and services.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
NSERC is a departmental corporation of the Government of Canada and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry.
Through strategic investment in science and technology, NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports postsecondary and postdoctoral students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery by funding research conducted by university professors, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects and the training of highly qualified people. NSERC researchers are on the front line of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
SSHRC is the federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its programs and policies, SSHRC enables the highest levels of research excellence in Canada, and facilitates knowledge-sharing and collaboration across research disciplines, universities and all sectors of society.
SSHRC-supported research in the social sciences and humanities enhances our understanding of modern social, cultural, technological, environmental, economic and wellness issues. The work SSHRC supports encourages the deepest levels of inquiry. It spurs innovative researchers to learn from one another’s disciplines, delve into multiparty collaborations and achieve common goals for the betterment of Canadian society. Research outcomes are shared with communities, businesses and governments, who use this new knowledge to innovate and improve people’s lives.