Please note that this program is jointly supported by the following organizations :
Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de la Science (MESRS)
Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS)
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC)
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)
Please consult the respective rules of each appropriate program to request the release of teaching duties.
The objectives of the Program to release college researchers from their teaching duties are to:
Enable college professors and researchers to contribute to the technological, economic, social and cultural development of Québec;
Enable college researchers to contribute to regional development in collaboration with the community;
Enable college researchers to raise awareness of research among their students;
Foster the emergence and consolidation of pedagogical, technological and fundamental research activities in colleges;
Foster the creation of networks of researchers from universities and colleges based on research themes and, in certain disciplines, on research equipment availability;
Foster the concerted and integrated management of the financial support that the government grants college researchers.
To be eligible for the program, a college researcher must:
Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or provide proof, at the time of submission of the grant application, that he/she holds a permit attesting that he/she has legal status and the right to work in Canada. Furthermore, grant applicants must provide proof that he/she has an employment relationship (regular, full-time position) with a university, college or research institution located in Québec. Funding of the first year of a grant award will not begin until the researcher has demonstrated that he has applied for a Québec Selection Certificate from the appropriate authorities. Furthermore, to qualify for the second year of a grant award, the researcher must have taken the necessary steps to obtain permanent resident status.
Be a member of the teaching staff of a general or vocational college, a private college declared to be of public interest, or a government school that provides postsecondary education in Québec. Non-tenured professors are eligible provided they maintain their employment relationship with their college for the period covered by the grant;
Maintain a minimum teaching load of 0.2 full-time equivalent (FTE) at a college for the duration of the grant.
The following are also eligible:
College professors who are full-time or part-time researchers at a college centre for technology transfer (CCTT);
Retired college researchers; however, they may only benefit from the statutory supplement.
The following are not eligible:
College researchers whose work is in a field that is not covered by the FRQNT and is not consistent with the FRQNT mission;
Employees or directors of a CCTT who have no teaching duties.
Under the responsibility of the applicant, the college researcher must include his/her request for a release from his/her teaching duties and statutory supplement in the financial assistance request form of one of the following programs:
Programme d'aide à la recherche sur l'enseignement et l'apprentissage (PAREA) of the ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport;
Programme d'aide à la recherche technologique (PART) of the ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport;
Strategic clusters program at the FRQNT;
Team research project program at the FRQNT;
Targeted research partnership projects at the FRQNT;
Innovation strategic initiatives at the FRQNT.
Evaluation of applications
The applications for releases and statutory supplements are evaluated with the applications for funding submitted to one of the aforementioned programs. Assessment committee members evaluate the applications based on criteria and indicators that are specific to each program. Members must also rank the applications for funding based on merit, determine the ones that could be granted appropriations for operations and then recommend a release percentage and statutory supplement for the college researchers identified in the application.
If necessary, assessment committee members may call upon the services of external experts.
College researchers who wish to join a team or cluster that is currently being funded by the FRQNT must complete the appropriate form on the Fonds website, accompanied by a Canadian Common CV, on May 1st of each year (4 p.m.). These applications must be approved by the head of the team or cluster.
These annual applications are analyzed and evaluated by the members of the Fonds scientific council. In completing the form, researchers must provide justification for the requested release by defining their role in the achievement of the research project of the team or cluster.
Description and nature of the financial support from the Fonds
College researchers are generally released from only part of their teaching duties.
The sums granted for releases and supplements are paid out to the colleges. The extent of the release is determined by the members of the assessment committees of each of the aforementioned programs. Releases may not exceed 50 % of a researcher's teaching duties. The recommendations of the assessment committees must be approved by the board of directors. Each statutory supplement totals $7,000 annually.
False or misleading information
Under the Act respecting the Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation (R.L.R.Q., c. M-15.1,0,1), any applicant who gives false or misleading information to obtain or procure financial support is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine. If found guilty, the individual is barred from receiving financial support for a five-year period.
Where a legal entity commits an offence, any of its directors or representatives who knew about the offence are considered to be parties to the offence and are also subject to a fine, unless they prove to the court's satisfaction that they did not agree with the commission of the offence. Moreover, such declaration constitutes a breach of responsible research conduct.
The Fonds have the right to impose any penalty or take any additional measures they deem expedient. The Fonds may also take legal action to recover fraudulently obtained funds and collect damages.
Research ethics and conformity
All projects involving human subjects or biological materials (body parts, products, tissues, cells or genetic material from a human body, of a person living or dead) or administrative, scientific or descriptive data from human subjects, require the approval of the research ethics board of the principal applicant's institution Common Rules and Regulations item 5.3).
Furthermore, if applicable, researchers must report any environmental impacts of their research and employ reasonable efforts to minimize them. To this end, they must obtain the required authorization and permit before the start of the project.
Responsibilities of the Fonds
The FRQNT is not liable for any direct or indirect injury arising from processing of grants, bursaries or other applications, and, without limiting the generality of the above, is not liable for any direct or indirect injury arising from unauthorized disclosure by the FRQNT of the information contained in candidates' files. Despite all the precautions taken by the FRQNT to protect information that must be kept confidential, certain countries to which information is transmitted may not have security procedures such as asymmetric cryptography or encryption.
Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information.
The FRQNT is subject to the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information (R.S.Q., chapter A-2.1). The mandatory data is gathered, used and kept in accordance with the provisions of the Act. The applicant should contact the person who oversees the Act for information on access procedures, the protection of personal information and the rights of recourse stipulated in the Act.
The responsible authority for access to documents and protection of personal information :
Me Mylène Deschênes, B.C.L., LL.B., LL.M.
Director, Ethics and Legal affairs
Candidates and institutions must meet the general eligibility requirements at the time of submission and the Common Rules and Regulations throughout the period covered by the grant.