Only letters of intent and funding applications from research fields covered by the FRQNT are eligible, unless otherwise indicated in the call for proposals guide.
Only a researcher with one of the following statuses may lead a research project (see researcher status definitions in the FRQ Common General Rules):
Clinical university researcher;
* Only researchers who receive a salary under definition i) of criterion a) in the Common General Rules may lead a project. Researchers who receive a salary under definition ii) of criterion a) of the Common General Rules cannot lead a project under this program, but can join the team as co-investigators.
** Under this program, a college researcher can have a master's or PhD, or an equivalent qualification recognized by a Québec university.
Retired researchers cannot lead a project under this program but can join the team as co-investigators.
A co-investigator is an individual who is part of an application for funding and whose CV is required and considered in the scientific review process. Co-investigators make a significant contribution or provide specific expertise to the project or research program for which funding is requested.
Research projects must be carried out by teams of at least two co-investigators, including the principal investigator, with one of the following statuses (see full researcher status definitions in the FRQ Common General Rules):
Clinical university researcher;
Other research statuses**.
* Under this program, a college researcher can have a master's or PhD, or an equivalent qualification recognized by a Québec university.
** Including categories a) to e), unless otherwise indicated in the call for proposals guide.
The team may be joined by one or more other collaborators. A collaborator is an individual reported by the principal investigator to provide a specific expertise to the project or research program for which funding is requested. Collaborators do not provide their CV and may not be delegated to manage part of the funds through an inter-institutional transfer.
Participation of researchers in other teams
Researchers may not belong to more than two teams under the same call for proposals, either as principal investigator or co-investigator.
An obligatory minimum of 30% of the grant must be dedicated to the training of new researchers. These funds must be used to contribute to salaries, scholarships and scholarship supplements for college or university students, award holders and postdoctoral fellows involved in project activities.
To be eligible to apply for a grant, the applicant (principal investigator) must be employed by an institution recognized by the FRQ to manage funding at the time of application. Every funding year, the managing institution must confirm that it continues to employ the funding recipient on an ongoing basis (including maintaining appropriate visas, if applicable).
Other sources of funding
The research project cannot be concurrently funded by another granting agency, unless it is possible to demonstrate that the two funding mechanisms are complementary.
Other eligibility requirements depending on the call for proposals
Specific eligibility conditions may be set out in the call for proposals guide, such as the requirement that the research project be carried out with the contribution of a partner in a practice setting.
Ongoing process of eligibility
Eligibility is an ongoing process that extends to the end of the period covered by the grant.