Over the past two months, the Fonds de recherche teams have focused on processing funding applications and preparing the review committees. Since the start of the review committee meetings on January 15, FRQnet's reviewer portal has been used on a daily basis and will continue to be for the next two months. We are always seeking ways to improve the system and therefore welcome your comments and suggestions to make the portal more user friendly.
As announced in a communication on December 18, the FRQ led training sessions on the electronic financial reports for the institutional representatives who oversee financial matters in FRQnet's institutions portal. Primarily aiming to present the new interface, the meetings were also the opportunity to discuss the new harmonized expenditure categories between the three Fonds, transactional processes for the submission and approval of reports and upcoming steps to roll out the financial report module in the portal. The representatives from the finance departments suggested a number of improvements that will facilitate reporting in the electronic financial reports that must be submitted to the Fonds this year. The presentation is available on the Web sites of the FRQ.
Below are some of the key elements from the sessions held in the week of January 29, 2018.
- In the period to open a 2016–2017 financial report, which begins in the next few days, a number of communications will be sent out to award and grant holders and representatives in the finance departments of the institutions that manage funding. The submission deadline is March 2, 2018.
- The period to open a 2017–2018 financial report begins on April 1, 2018. The submission deadline is June 30, 2018.
- The 2018–2019 financial reports, which must be submitted by June 30, 2019, will cover FRQSC and FRQNT awards and grants, as well as those given under certain FRQS programs. The FRQS will provide further details on these programs in due course.
- Over the next year, the financial reports, which will soon be made available in FRQnet's institutions portal, will be improved and expanded with elements including an automatic notifications module and the option to transfer data in XML format.
NOTE: Award and grant holders must activate their FRQnet account to approve the financial reports before submitting them to the FRQ.
The FRQ would especially like to thank the finance departments of the institutions that manage funding and the award and grant holders for their collaboration during this year-end period.
More generally, the FRQ will continue to track the improvements to the portals that facilitate the processes taking place in the upcoming weeks, from the assessment of letters of intent and applications to the awarding of funds.
Visit the webpage on Recognized institutions to manage funding to become a recognized institution.
For technical questions on the Fonds de recherche e-portfolio:
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For program questions, contact the program manager of the Fonds that oversees the program. The contact information is available on the Web sites of the Fonds.
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