Lakehead University Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)
The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) is part of the federal government's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. It has 3 funding stages to help sustain research activity at Canadian universities and health research institutions. More information on the program can be found here: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/crcef-fucrc/index-eng.aspx.
CRCEF's 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.
The CRCEF program expects universities and their affiliated health research institutions to establish “appropriate procedures, systems and controls to ensure that agency and program policies and requirements are followed,” a CRCEF Oversight Committee has been formed by the Vice-President Research and Innovation. Committee members are from the Office of Research Services (ORS), Financial Services (FS), Office of Human Rights and Equity (OHRE), the Faculty of Graduate Studies, NOSM and TBRHRI. A CRCEF Oversight Committee will undertake an accelerated review process. Principles of equity, diversity and inclusion will be followed in all stages to prevent systemic barriers from impeding access to funds sought by equity-seeking groups. This is a people-centric program, and we are committed to ensuring our community is supported in an equitable way.
CRCEF has confirmed that Stage 1 is primarily a research accounting exercise and reimbursement of accounts is expected based on the receipt of an application confirming eligibility and availability of funds.
Faculty members will be contacted regarding the submission of salary funding requests for projects with eligible funding sources. A CRCEF application form can be accessed here and must be completed and submitted by August 5, 2020. Applicants must attach a CRCEF Time Sheet for each eligible research personnel which can be accessed here.
Faculty members and scientists at NOSM and TBRHRI who have eligible non-government supported research personnel administered by these institutions will be contacted directly by them.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
As an inclusive employer, Lakehead University recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of our entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by equity-seeking groups in our society, and we strive to support all individuals in achieving academic and professional success.
In managing the CRCEF funds, we commit to fully comply with the program’s equity, diversity and inclusion decision-making and allocation requirements. Equity-seeking groups include, but are not limited to, women, racialized minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons from LGBTQ2+ communities.
IMPORTANT: Determine eligibility before completing the form
Research-related personnel are those individuals employed by universities or health research institutions who are working for faculty members conducting research, or who are working in scientific and engineering facilities/laboratories supporting broad research objectives (e.g., graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other personnel associated with research projects). Principal Investigators are excluded from the research-related personnel definition.
If a salary is only paid in part by non-governmental sources, only that portion of the salary is eligible for CRCEF relief. Applicants must ensure personnel for whom they are requesting CRCEF wage support are not claiming other wage support (e.g., Canada Emergency Response Benefit - CERB, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy - CEWS). Universities are responsible for distributing funds to eligible applicants within their institutions.
Coverage period is March 15 to August 29, 2020 for 12 cumulative weeks. CRCEF covers up to 75% of wages up to a maximum of $847/week over a 12 week period. Principal Investigators (hereinafter referred to as the “Applicant”) are responsible to cover the rest of the salary from other sources.
To receive CRCEF funding for your employees, you must take active measures to prevent systemic barriers that result in individuals from equity-seeking groups receiving unequal access to, or being excluded from participating in, employment, services, or programs in Canada’s research ecosystem. As such, please provide detailed information in your application about why specific positions are needed for your ongoing operations and the employee who will fill the role keeping systemic barriers, unconscious bias, and the Ontario Human Rights Code in mind should you need to choose among employees and students. A resource to assist in this can be found here:
You are strongly encouraged to contact Human Resources (HR) you are contemplating any layoffs or if you have previously laid off staff due to COVID-19 issues. HR may be reached at: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/faculty-and-staff/departments/services/hr.
Health Research Affiliates:
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute (TBRHRI) are affiliated with Lakehead University and eligible to receive their proportionate share of the CRCEF attributable to their non-government total research income (three year average over three years (2015-2018) as reported in the Financial Information of Universities and Colleges (FIUC) from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO).
If you are a NOSM faculty member or TBRHRI Scientist or Lakehead University-TBRHRI Research Chair, you will need to apply to the institution administering the non-government research grant/contract and employer of the research personnel to receive the wage subsidy.
Lakehead, NOSM and TBRHRI have agreed to share the Stage 1 CRCEF based on the CRCEF Grant allocation formula and attributable to each institution’s share of non-government funding.
For more CRCEF information and FAQs, please refer to: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/crcef-fucrc/index-eng.aspx
For more information on the administration of the CRCEF program, please contact: