Note that only applications for financial assistance in the research fields covered by the FRQNT are eligible. (Règles générales communes, 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, 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 and CHUN)
University researchers are regular faculty members in a Québec university, have a Ph.D. or equivalent or have 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.
Researchers subsidized by a Canadian or Québec funding agency are also considered CHU researchers. University researchers who satisfy "New researchers start-up program" (Établissement de nouveaux chercheurs) eligibility criteria are considered new researchers (CHUN).
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)
A college researcher is a 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)
A retired college professor is 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)
An institutional researcher 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. He or she is afforded the same conditions regarding the protection of academic freedom as Quebec university or college researchers. The researcher's home institution must make a formal commitment to this effect. The institution is also subject to the same requirements concerning research ethics, integrity and intellectual property as Quebec university or college researchers. The researcher's home institution must make commitment to this effect.
Affiliated researcher (CHA)
Affiliated researchers who are 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)
Government researchers are researchers from a government department or agency.
Industrial researcher (CHI)
Industrial researchers are researchers from industry.
Researcher from outside Québec (CHH)
Researchers from outside Québec are researchers in a research environment located outside Québec.
Collaborating researcher (COL)
A collaborating researcher is a university researcher or a researcher in practice setting contributing to research activities ponctually or occasionnally. 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)
Guest researchers are 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 with no recognized institutional affiliation are 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 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.
Residence of university, college, institutional or unaffiliated researchers
University, college, institutional or unaffiliated researchers must be Québec residents within the meaning of the Act and Regulation respecting health insurance. Researchers from the Université du Québec en Outaouais who live in Ontario are exempted from this condition.
Identification of the project lead
A project lead is a university (CHU, CHUN) researcher or a college (CHC) researcher who holds a professor position in a Quebec educational institution.
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, CHC) or a regular member of a team (CHU, CHUN 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 (CCV) 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, 2015, 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. Researchers may lead only one project under this program.
Activities must be part of an innovative, incubator or a high-benefit project and may involve a number of components.
Research projects cannot be subsidized by another funding agency while funded by the Fonds.