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Canada Research Continuity Emergency Research Fund (CRCEF)

Overview - Stage 1 and 2

Application Deadline - August 4, 2020

The is part of the federal government's COVID19 Economic Response Plan. It has 3 funding stages to help sustain research enterprises at Canadian universities and health research institutions,Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)

Stage 1 is to avert or reverse layoffs of eligible research personnel (e.g. research staff, students, post-doctoral fellows). Stage 1 funds are only for wage support for research personnel whose salaries were adversely affected by COVID-19, and who are paid in part or in whole by non-governmental sources. If a salary is only paid by non-governmental sources, only that portion of the salary is eligible for CRCEF Relied. 

Funding eligibility will be determined on the extent to which research activities linked to non-governmental funding were negatively affected by COVID-19. Any reduced productivity or interruptions to employment (complete or partial) are considered negative affects, including restriction of campus workspaces, suspension of funding, absences to care for family members, lack of access to research participants, increased risk related to COVID-19 etc.

Relief for eligible employees is limited as follows:

  • Coverage period is March 15 to August 29, 2020 for 12 cumulative weeks.
  • CRCEF covers 75% of wages up to a maximum of $847/week over a 12- week period.
  • Applicants are responsible to cover the rest of the salary from other sources.

How to Apply

**** It is IMPORTANT to determine your eligibility before submitting an application 



  • Research personnel and trainees that are funded in whole or in part by non-government sources (i.e., industry, foundation, not-for-profit, philanthropic funds and international agencies).
  • Personnel funded by user fees.
  • Graduate Research Assistant Fellowships (GRAF’s) funded by non-governmental sources.
  • Your staff are not claiming other federal funding programs, including COVID-19 relief programs (e.g., Canada Emergency Response Benefit - CERB, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – CEWS) during the CRCEF period.
  • Research personnel who work in research facilities managed by a researcher when those facilities are funded by user fees or other non-governmental sources of revenues.
  • Research personnel funded by governmental sources (federal, provincial or municipal).
  • Research personnel funded by the University’s operating budget.
  • Employees already receiving relief from other federal funding programs (e.g., Canada Emergency Response Benefit - CERB, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – CEWS).
  • Research personnel who work in research facilities managed by a department, faculty or Vice-President portfolio.

If you meet stage 1 eligibility and have eligible expenses, submit an application form by 5pm August 4, 2020. 

CRCEF Wage Support Application Form

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Decision process for distribution of funds received in Stages 1 and 2 

Announced in May 2020, the Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)is 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.  

The CRCEF is being rolled out in 3 stages. Stages 1 & 2 provide wage support to universities and health research institutions for up to 12 weeks to avert layoffs of research personnel. The support will cover up to 75% of research personnel salaries funded through non-governmental sources, to a maximum of $847 per week per employee. Stage 3 provides support to universities and health research institutions to cover the unanticipated, incremental costs associated with maintaining research assets at risk due to the pandemic and ramping up research activities once physical distancing measures are relaxed and ultimately lifted. 

The Office of Research and Innovation Services and the Finance Department are working with the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) to administer the CRCEF for the University of Windsor. The CRCEF will provide funds to the University of Windsor, and the Finance Department will distribute funds based on eligibility. 

A committee appointed by the Office of Research and Innovation Services (ORIS) and the Finance Department of the University of Windsor developed a process to identify eligible recipients of CRCEF, this committee is co-chaired by the Executive Director Research and Innovation and the Controller and Executive Director Finance and Reporting.  

The Finance Department identified all non-governmental grants and contracts that had incurred payroll expenditures during the time period of March 15, 2020 – June 30, 2020 to identify projects that may be eligible for the CRCEF program.  After a review of the summary of the non-governmental grants that had incurred payroll expenditures during this time period, an email was sent to all identified Principal Investigators inviting them to apply in order to request CRCEF funding 

Given the extremely short timeline for reporting and applying for CRCEF funding, and in order to ensure that all those who were eligible could access the funding, this program was publicized in the University of Windsor’s daily email news digest. University of Windsor faculty members completed the Stage 1 application form if they believed they were eligible for this program. 

The committee reviewed each application by first confirming eligibility and ensuring that requested funding did not exceed the limit as set out by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat. Applicants were required to confirm that their students have not  not been claiming other federal wage support such as Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Principles of equity, diversity and inclusion were followed in all stages of the process to prevent systemic barriers from impeding access to funds sought by equity-seeking groups. Members of the committee have completed unconscious bias training. Researchers reporting a need for research personnel wage support were advised that EDI principles must be taken into consideration in their decisions relating to their research teams.  

The University of Windsor was able to fund all eligible applicants to the fund. As a result of the total eligible expenses not exceeding the CRCEF Stage 1 allocation, UWindsor did not apply for additional funding in Stage 2, and we will be utilizing the balance of the funding to support applications for eligible salary expenditures incurred between July 1, 2020 through to August 28, 2020. 

Contact Information 

Any questions or concerns in respect of  UWindsor’s participation in, or response to, the CRCEF should be directed to: Heather Pratt, Executive Director, Research & Innovation