The Government of Canada has announced special funding, in the form of supplements to existing research grants, that will provide relief and assistance to research trainees from Ukraine.
The Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine) is administered by Canada’s three federal research funding agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) – and provides support to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers directly impacted by the Russian regime’s invasion of Ukraine.
Specifically, this temporary funding will help trainees currently in Canada who were expected to return to Ukraine in 2022 but cannot due to the current crisis, as well as trainees currently in Ukraine who wish to continue their planned studies and research in Canada.
Active and eligible CIHR grant-holders can apply for this special supplement by completing and submitting a short application form. The fund will allow up to $20,000 for the master’s level, $25,000 for the doctoral level and up to $45,000 for the postdoctoral level and will be in the form of supplements for salaries and stipends that may extend for up to one year. Applications will be accepted using a continuous intake up to December 22, 2022.
Following the recent statement by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health and further to the commitment of the three federal granting agencies to support researchers and students impacted by the crisis in Ukraine, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) have established a limited-time Special Response Fund for Trainees (Ukraine), or SRFT-Ukraine, to initiate or maintain the employment or financial support – via stipend or salary – of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, who are directly impacted by the crisis in Ukraine.
Canada is recognized as a leader in building partnerships and uniting researchers and highly qualified personnel of different nationalities and cultures in the shared pursuit of scientific excellence. Recognizing how the crisis in Ukraine may affect the research landscape, this additional funding for grant holders will support trainees, defined as graduate students or postdoctoral researchers through salaries and stipends.
- The applicant (grant holder) must hold an active grant (including the automatic extension period) awarded under an eligible program at the time of application. Grant holders must also maintain an active grant (including the automatic extension period) during the entire period of tenure of the SRFT-Ukraine.