Details on Transfer Payment Programs of $5 Million or More

General Information

Name of transfer payment
program
Grants and Scholarships (voted)
Start date 1978
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2011-12
Strategic Outcome 1: Canada is a world leader in social sciences and humanities research and research training
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture
  • Program 1.1: Talent: attraction, retention and development of students and researchers in the social sciences and humanities
  • Sub-program 1.1.1: Canada Research Chairs
  • Sub-program 1.1.4: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Sub-program 1.1.5: Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Program 1.2: Insight: new knowledge in the social sciences and humanities
  • Sub-program 1.2.1: Individual, team and partnership research grants
  • Sub-program 1.2.2: Institutional research capacity grants
  • Program 1.3: Connection: mobilization of social sciences and humanities knowledge
  • Sub-program 1.3.1: Individual, team and partnership knowledge mobilization grants
  • Sub-program 1.3.2: Research-based knowledge culture
Description This transfer payment program consists of grants and scholarships awarded for research, talent development and research dissemination activities in the social sciences and humanities. This transfer payment program does not have repayable contributions.
Expected results
  • SSHRC-funded scholarship and fellowship recipients are employed in Canada and internationally: Employment rates (in percentage) of SSHRC-funded doctoral students
  • Canada builds research excellence in social sciences and humanities research: Percentage of research projects cited for Canadian and/or international recognition or prizes in a year
  • Social sciences and humanities research knowledge is mobilized within academic and non-academic communities: Average number of participants per knowledge mobilization activity
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2015-16
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation 2016-17
General targeted recipient groups Persons (students, researchers), non-profit organizations (charities, foundations, non-governmental organizations, universities and research institutions)
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients A variety of engagement initiatives (webinars, site visits, telephone, email, online forums) are used as part of the regular competition cycle in order to give applicants and recipients opportunities to seek and receive information and to provide feedback on service delivery.

Planning Information (dollars)

Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Forecast spending 2016-17
Planned spending
2017-18
Planned spending
2018-19
Planned spending
Total grants* $257,201,702 $256,389,591 $254,391,366 $251,091,366
Total contributions 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program** $257,201,702 $256,389,591 $254,391,366 $251,091,366

*These figures do not include operating expenses.
** Changes in year-to-year spending reflect variations due to temporary funding for the three-year pilot Community and College Social Innovation Fund.

General Information

Name of transfer payment
program
Canada Graduate Scholarships (voted)
Start date 2003
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2008-09
Strategic Outcome 1: Canada is a world leader in social sciences and humanities research and research training
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.1: Talent: attraction, retention and development of students and researchers in the social sciences and humanities

Sub-program 1.1.2: Canada Graduate Scholarships

Description This transfer payment program consists of grants and scholarships awarded for research, talent development and research dissemination activities in the social sciences and humanities. This transfer payment program does not have repayable contributions.
Expected results
  • SSHRC-funded scholarship and fellowship recipients are employed in Canada and internationally: Employment rates (in percentage) of SSHRC-funded doctoral students
  • Canada builds research excellence in social sciences and humanities research: Percentage of research projects cited for Canadian and/or international recognition or prizes in a year
  • Social sciences and humanities research knowledge is mobilized within academic and non-academic communities: Average number of participants per knowledge mobilization activity
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2015-16
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation 2020-21
General targeted recipient groups Persons (students)
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients A variety of engagement initiatives (webinars, site visits, telephone, email, online forums) are used as part of the regular competition cycle in order to give applicants and recipients opportunities to seek and receive information and to provide feedback on service delivery.

Planning Information (dollars)

Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Forecast spending 2016-17
Planned spending
2017-18
Planned spending
2018-19
Planned spending
Total grants* $68,983,500 $68,983,500 $68,983,500 $68,983,500
Total contributions 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program $68,983,500 $68,983,500 $68,983,500 $68,983,500

* These figures do not include operating expenses.

General Information

Name of transfer payment
program
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (voted)
Start date 2008
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2008-09
Strategic Outcome 1: Canada is a world leader in social sciences and humanities research and research training
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.1: Talent: attraction, retention and development of students and researchers in the social sciences and humanities

Sub-program 1.1.3: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

Description SSHRC’s portion of this tri-agency transfer payment program provides financial support to Canadian and international students who have achieved outstanding success in their studies and will pursue a doctoral program at a Canadian university in an area of the social sciences and humanities. This transfer payment program does not have repayable contributions.
Expected results

A supply of world-class doctoral students to build research capacity in Canada: Percentage of applicants considered worthy of award by expert reviewers for a given competition year

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2014-15
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation 2019-20
General targeted recipient groups Persons (students)
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients A variety of engagement initiatives (webinars, site visits, telephone, email, online forums) are used as part of the regular competition cycle in order to give applicants and recipients opportunities to seek and receive information and to provide feedback on service delivery.

Planning Information (dollars)

Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Forecast spending 2016-17
Planned spending
2017-18
Planned spending
2018-19
Planned spending
Total grants* $8,300,000 $8,300,000 $8,300,000 $8,300,000
Total contributions 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program $8,300,000 $8,300,000 $8,300,000 $8,300,000

* These figures do not include operating expenses.

General Information

Name of transfer payment
program
Research Support Fund (voted)
Start date 2003
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2014-15
Strategic Outcome 2: Canada has the institutional capacity to enable research and research-related activities in social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering and health.
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture Program 2.1: Indirect costs of research
Description This transfer payment program supports a portion of the indirect costs associated with the conduct of academic research in institutions that receive research grant funds from any of the three federal research granting agencies. Grants are awarded to eligible institutions using a progressive funding formula based on the average revenues from research grants received from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and SSHRC. This transfer payment program does not have repayable contributions.
Expected results

Universities and colleges sustain a strong research environment: Percentage of institutions reporting general positive impacts of their grants in the attraction of additional funding

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2014-15
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation 2018-19
General targeted recipient groups Non-profit organizations (universities and research institutions, colleges)
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients A variety of engagement initiatives (webinars, site visits, telephone, email, online forums) are used as part of the regular competition cycle in order to give applicants and recipients opportunities to seek and receive information and to provide feedback on service delivery.

Planning Information (dollars)

Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Forecast spending 2016-17
Planned spending
2017-18
Planned spending
2018-19
Planned spending
Total grants* $340,451,411 $341,403,000 $341,403,000 $341,403,000
Total contributions 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program $340,451,411 $341,403,000 $341,403,000 $341,403,000

* These figures do not include operating expenses.

General Information

Name of transfer payment
program
Networks of Centres of Excellence (voted)
Start date 1997
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2008-09
Strategic Outcome 1: Canada is a world leader in social sciences and humanities research and research training
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.3: Connection: mobilization of social sciences and humanities knowledge

Sub-program 1.3.3: Networks of Centres of Excellence
Description This transfer payment program is administered jointly by the three federal research granting agencies in partnership with Industry Canada. It supports research in complex areas of critical importance to Canadian universities and hospitals working with the private and public sectors. The networks funded through this program are multidisciplinary and multisectoral partnerships that stimulate leading-edge, internationally competitive research in areas critical to Canadian economic and social development.
Expected results

The research knowledge and technology produced by the networks and centres is transferred and used: Ratio of partner contributions (cash and in-kind) relative to Networks of Centres of Excellence funds

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2013-14
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation 2018-19
General targeted recipient groups Non-profit organizations (universities and research institutions, colleges)
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients A variety of engagement initiatives (webinars, site visits, telephone, email, online forums) are used as part of the regular competition cycle in order to give applicants and recipients opportunities to seek and receive information and to provide feedback on service delivery.

Planning Information (dollars)

Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Forecast spending 2016-17
Planned spending
2017-18
Planned spending
2018-19
Planned spending
Total grants* $8,911,000 $8,911,000 $8,770,000 $8,770,000
Total contributions 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program $8,911,000 $8,911,000 $8,770,000 $8,770,000

* These figures do not include operating expenses.

General Information

Name of transfer payment
program
Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research
Start date 2007
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2012-13
Strategic Outcome 1: Canada is a world leader in social sciences and humanities research and research training
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.3: Connection: mobilization of social sciences and humanities knowledge

Sub-program 1.3.3: Networks of Centres of Excellence
Description This transfer payment program supports commercialization and/or research centres that bring together people, services and infrastructure to maximize the benefits of the government’s investments in skills and research and to encourage greater private sector investment in science and technology, in areas of the social sciences and humanities. This transfer payment program does not have repayable contributions.
Expected results

The research knowledge and technology produced by the networks and centres is transferred and used: Ratio of partner contributions (cash and in-kind) relative to funds for commercialization activities

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2012-13
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation 2012-13
General targeted recipient groups Industry-related, non-profit organizations (universities and research institutions, colleges)
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients A variety of engagement initiatives (webinars, site visits, telephone, email, online forums) are used as part of the regular competition cycle in order to give applicants and recipients opportunities to seek and receive information and to provide feedback on service delivery.

Planning Information (dollars)

Type of transfer payment 2015-16 Forecast spending 2016-17
Planned spending
2017-18
Planned spending
2018-19
Planned spending
Total grants* $6,719,789 $5,711,093 $4,634,100 $2,401,000
Total contributions 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program $6,719,789 $5,711,093 $4,634,100 $2,401,000

* These figures do not include operating expenses.
** Changes in year-to-year spending reflect variations in funding dependent on yearly competitions where funds are determined as a result of a merit review process.

General Information

Name of transfer payment
program
Canada First Research Excellence Fund (voted)
Start date 2014
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2014-15
Strategic Outcome 2: Canada has the institutional capacity to enable research and research-related activities in social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering and health
Link to department’s Program Alignment Architecture Program 2.2: Canada First Research Excellence Fund
Description The Canada First Research Excellence Fund (the Fund) supports Canada’s postsecondary institutions in their efforts to become global research leaders. It helps Canadian universities, colleges and polytechnics compete with the best in the world for talent and partnership opportunities, to make breakthrough discoveries, and to excel globally in research areas that will create long-term economic advantages for Canada. The Fund helps institutions: (i) compete with the best in the world for talent, for partnership opportunities and to make breakthrough discoveries; (ii) seize emerging opportunities and strategically advance their greatest strengths on the global stage; and (iii) implement large-scale, transformational and forward-thinking institutional strategies. This transfer payment program does not have repayable contributions.
Expected results

Competitively-selected postsecondary institutions excel globally in research areas that create long-term economic advantages for Canada: Percentage of institutions demonstrating progress toward global leadership targets

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation Not applicable—new program
Decision following the results of last evaluation Not applicable
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation 2019-20
General targeted recipient groups Non-profit organizations (universities and research institutions, colleges)
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients A variety of engagement initiatives (webinars, site visits, telephone, email, online forums) are used as part of the regular competition cycle in order to give applicants and recipients opportunities to seek and receive information and to provide feedback on service delivery.