Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund: At a glance

Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund

The CRCEF is administered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) on behalf of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and SSHRC. The Canada Research Coordinating Committee provides strategic oversight for the program and approves awards.

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

Timeline of events

  • May 15, 2020
    CRCEF Announced

  • July 7, 2020
    Stage 1 Application Deadline

  • July 21, 2020
    Payment of Stage 1 Grants

  • August 6, 2020
    Stage 2 Application Deadline

  • September 1, 2020
    Payment of Stage 2 Grants

  • November 30, 2020
    Stage 4 Application Deadline

  • December 15, 2020
    Stage 3 Application Deadline

  • December 16, 2020
    Payment of Stage 4 Grants

  • January 27, 2021
    Payment of Stage 3 Grants

  • January 27, 2021
    Payment of Stage 4 Additional Funds



To receive funding from the CRCEF, universities and health research institutions had to meet the program’s equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) requirements.

Universities and health research institutions appointed committees to allocate funding. Committee membership was expected to be representative of the diversity of the research community. Each committee worked to develop an EDI strategy to:

  • reduce the influence of unconscious bias and systemic barriers in the awarding of research funds
  • take into account how the pandemic has affected individual researchers with respect to increased childcare responsibilities, vulnerability to COVID-19, or other life circumstances
  • ensure fair access to funding for research that is nontraditional or unconventional, based in Indigenous ways of knowing, outside the mainstream of the discipline, or focused on issues of gender, race or minority status

Institutions received:

  • Funding for wage support: $323M
  • Funding for research maintenance and ramp-up: $93M
  • Number of universities: 65
  • Number of affiliated health research institutions: 61

Students, postdocs and other research personnel were supported

Pie Chart: Students: 29%; Postdoctoral fellows: 10%; Other research personnel (technicians, research assistants, etc): 61%
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Table: Students, postdocs, and other research personnel were supported
Occupation Support received through CRCEF (percent)
Students 29%
Postdoctoral fellows 10%
Other research personnel (technicians, research assistants, etc) 61%

+/- 32,000 research-related personnel received wage support

Bar Chart: 20,000 research-related personnel at Universities received wage support; 12,000 research-related personnel at affiliated health research institutions received wage support;
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Table: +/- 32,000 research-related personnel received wage support
Institution Number of research-related personnel that received wage support
Universities 20,000
Affiliated health research institutions 12,000

+/- 22,000 research projects received funding

Bar Chart
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Table: +/- 22,000 research projects received funding
  Distribution of funds by project type
Research maintenance Research ramp-up Both
Affiliated Health Research Institutions 2,100 1,500 4,200
Universities 5,400 5,400 3,800

All data as of March 15, 2021

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