University of Saskatchewan

Financial Services (FS)

Tri-Agency Financial Administration

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Why are CRC, CERC and CRC-150 awards considered Tri-Agency related?
Answer: The Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) administers the Canada Research Chairs (CRC), Canada Excellence Research Chairs CERC) and Canada 150 Research Chairs programs. RC awards must follow Tri-Agency regulations (as this is a source of funding) with respect to approval of expenditures. Please refer to this link for further information -

Further information on roles and responsibilities

Chairs are awarded to institutions so are commonly referred to as “institutional awards”. The Secretariat will make quarterly payments, through SSHRC's finance division, on behalf of the designated Agency. All subsequent installments are subject to parliamentary appropriations and the conditions that may be attached to them. The Agency and the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) reserve the right to defer or suspend subsequent installments if the parliamentary appropriations are reduced or cancelled, or if the need for funds is not demonstrated.

At the U of S, the Vice-President Research is the Principal Investigator for these institutional awards.  The Vice-President Research delegates financial management of the grant to the appropriate college/unit leadership role.  If there is a research component to the award, the Vice-President Research delegates financial management of this portion of the grant to the chairholder. 

The U of S financial operations office is responsible to open a separate Banner Finance fund for each grant it receives, provide monitoring oversight to ensure all payments made into and from the fund are clearly recorded, and comply with the agencies regulations.