The Tri-Council agencies (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) do allow monthly charges for the use of home internet as well as monthly plan fees for electronic devices (i.e. cellular phones) as long as they are required for research purposes and with adequate justification.
It is recommended that grant holders pay for these services in advance and submit a personal reimbursement claim for these costs. The reimbursement claims must sufficiently document how these expenses relate to the research project being charged.
In rare circumstances where a procurement card has been used to prepay these types of charges, grant holders are responsible for forwarding a detailed justification to Research Accounting, to be retained on file for future audit purposes.
This document should contain the following details:
Please be advised the Tri-Council monitoring team may call upon grant holders to further discuss these claims as part of future monitoring visits or audits.
If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Research Accounting at firstname.lastname@example.org
Queen's Research Accounting