Updated Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide – Effective October 1

The Tri-Agencies (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) recently released an update to their Financial Administration Guide (TAFAG), effective October 1, 2016.

The most pertinent items:

  1. Home internet costs are no longer eligible. Those charging these costs directly through a PCard should update this immediately.
  2. Post Doctoral Fellows receiving a stipend or salary from a researcher’s grant are eligible to apply for their own grants – SSHRC only – certain programs apply.
  3. Travel and subsistence costs for collaborators are eligible if they are related to planning, exchange of information or dissemination with the grantee, unless not permitted in certain programs.
  4. Travel claims should include the purpose of the trip including how it relates to the funded research.  Please include this information on the travel claims.
  5. Accommodation and subsistence costs are not eligible for PIs who are on sabbatical or research leaves.  This does not apply to short trips for conferences while on leave.
  6. Computers, tablets, modems, emerging technology, other hardware and/or specialized software must have adequate justification stating the need in relation to the funded research.  This information should be included in the comments tab when requisitioning through Mustang Market.
  7. Now applicable for all 3 agencies (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) – Grantees are no longer eligible to hold and receive funding if a sabbatical or research leave is more than 12 months long.

A full summary of changes…

If you need further clarification please contact your financial officer at Research Finance.

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Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall

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