Prior to April 1st, 2013, grant holders required pre-approval from the Tri-agencies (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) before purchasing certain electronic devices (i.e. tablets and iphones), in order to ensure the expenses were deemed eligible by the agencies.
Effective April 1st, 2013, grant holders are no longer required to consult with the agencies in advance of these purchases as long as they are required for research related purposes. Instead, grant holders are asked to provide a detailed justification when submitting the expense for payment. The justification must explain why the purchase is required for research purposes and how it relates to the research project being charged.
Research Accounting will continue to review these explanations and will contact the grant holders or authorized delegates if additional details are required for audit purposes.