Note that only applications for financial assistance in the research fields covered by the FRQNT are eligible. (Common General Rules, article 3.1) More specifically, funding applications for research into living organisms must address the research themes that pertain to the sub-domains and topics listed on our Web site (in French only).
Composition of the team
A team is composed of at least two university (CHU, CHUN,CHO, CHB and CHUT) or college (CHC and CHCT) researchers or institutional researchers (CE). The latter may be new or established researchers. The team must be composed so as to reflect how the skills and qualifications of the researchers who will carry out the research project blend to form a cohesive whole.
Researchers from other research venues, such as affiliated researchers (CHA), researchers with no recognized institutional affiliation (CHS), researchers from outside Québec (CHH), government researchers (CHG), industrial researchers (CHI), collaborating researchers (COL) and guest researchers (VIS) may be included in the team. Their CVs are not required.
University researcher (CHU)
Regular faculty members in a Québec university, having a Ph.D. or equivalent or having a position equivalent to that of a professor, and are authorized by their institution to direct or co-direct graduate research theses or dissertations. The remuneration of CHU researchers is included in the regular budget of their university.
A CHU whose salary is partially or totally covered by a salary award must declare the CHB status.
New University researchers (CHUN)
University researcher at a Québec university who holds a regular full-time position leading to tenure for less than three years at the competition deadline, or before September 1 of the following year at the latest. A new university researcher must meet the same criteria as those of a university researcher.
A CHUN whose salary is partially or totally covered by a salary award must declare the CHB status.
Research scholar (CHB)
Researcher who holds a research scholarship or salary award from a recognized funding agency. A research scholar is employed by a research institution and his salary is totally or partially covered by the scholarship or the award.
Professorial fellow (CHO)
Researcher who must occupy a position or have received a firm offer of appointment to a position with an annually renewable contract in a Québec university. The professorial fellow's nomination must be approved by the person(s) or body responsible for university nominations or their representative(s), in keeping with the regulations of the institution.
The position held must enable the professorial fellow to carry out research activities without the supervision of another researcher and individually or jointly supervise undergraduate or graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Retired university researcher (CHUT)
Retired university researchers must, for the duration of the grant, be guest, associate or emeritus professors in a Québec university and be authorized by their institution to direct research projects and supervise graduate students.
College researcher (CHC)
Full-time faculty member at a general or vocational college, a private government-approved college, or a government school that offers postsecondary education. A college researcher can also be a part-time or full-time researcher in a college centre for the transfer of technology.
Retired College researcher (CHCT)
Retired college professor from a general and vocational college, private college declared to be of public interest, government school that provides post-secondary education or college centre for technology transfer. He/she is no longer employed by the institution but is pursuing his/her research activities.
Institutional researcher (CE)
works in a Quebec research institution and whose salary is paid out of the regular budget of this institution;
holds a doctorate and has a university affiliation allowing him/her to supervise or co-supervise master's and Ph.D. students for the duration of the grant being applied for.
is afforded the same conditions regarding the protection of academic freedom as Quebec university or college researchers;
is also subjected to the same requirements concerning research ethics, integrity and intellectual property as Quebec university or college researchers.
A CE whose salary is partially or totally covered by a salary award must declare the CHB status.
Affiliated researcher (CHA)
Faculty members or researchers in a Québec university but who are not part of the regular staff and who have a Ph.D. or equivalent.
Government researcher (CHG)
Researchers from a government department or agency.
Industrial researcher (CHI)
Researchers are researchers from industry.
Researcher from outside Québec (CHH)
Researchers in a research environment located outside Québec.
Collaborating researcher (COL)
University researcher or researcher in practice setting contributing to research activities punctually or occasionally. This person may join a cluster or a team as a collaborator but not as a regular member. His or her scientific production is not evaluated.
Guest researcher (VIS)
Researchers from an institution other than the one with which the applicant is affiliated and who take part in the research activities of a group, team, or centre for a set period.
Researcher with no recognized institutional affiliation (CHS)
Researchers who live in Québec and who do not have a position with or are not remunerated by any public or private research or educational institution in Québec or elsewhere.
Citizenship of university, college, institutional or unaffiliated researchers
To qualify for a grant, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, 2001, c. 27. Otherwise, they must demonstrate, at the time of submission of the grant application, that they hold a permit attesting that they have legal status and the right to work in Canada. Furthermore, grant applicants must provide proof that they have an employment relationship (regular, full-time position) with a university, college or research institution located in Québec.
Funding for the first year will not begin until the researcher has demonstrated that he/she has applied for a Québec Selection Certificate (CSQ) from the appropriate authorities. Furthermore, to qualify for the second year of funding, the candidate must have taken the necessary steps to obtain permanent resident status. Finally, to qualify for the third year of funding, the researcher must have obtained permanent resident status, and provide proof.
Identification of the project lead
A project lead is a university (CHU, CHUN, CHO, CHB) researcher or a college (CHC) researcher who holds a professor position in a Quebec educational institution. Researchers may lead only one project under this program.
Participation of university, college or institutional researchers in other teams
Researchers may participate in only TWO team research projects either funded or in competition as a lead researcher (CHU, CHUN, CHO, CHB, CHC) or a regular member of a team (CHU, CHUN, CHO, CHB, CHUT, CHC, CHCT, CE). They may, however, contribute to the work of other teams as collaborators (COL). In such cases, they are identified in the "Autres membres" section and their scientific contributions is not considered when evaluating the teams' applications. Their role as collaborator requires clarifications in the Research project description.
For information purposes, a researcher funded twice in the program as a lead researcher or a regular member of one or two teams and whose funding at the grant competition deadline continues beyond March 31, 2017, may not submit a grant application as a lead researcher or regular member of a team. A researcher who is not funded in the program may participate in only two team research projects either as a lead researcher or a regular member of a team.
Research projects cannot be subsidized by another funding agency while funded by the Fonds.