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Useful Tips for Tri-Council Grants

Expense Eligibility

Occasionally grant holders may be unsure regarding the eligibility of a Tri-Council (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) related expense. In these cases, grant holders are encouraged to contact Research Accounting staff for guidance, prior to incurring the expense.

Research Accounting staff will provide guidance on the eligibility of the expense per agency rules and regulations as well as institutional policies, and may be able to suggest an alternate source of funding if the expense is ineligible on a Tri-Council funded project. If the eligibility of the expense is unclear, grant holders may be advised to contact the Tri-Council directly, to seek pre-approval.

Seeking pre-approval for these types of expenses minimizes the risk of an expense being deemed ineligible in a future monitoring visit or audit. Therefore this best practice is encouraged for uncommon expenses.

Eligibility questions may be directed to Research Accounting staff at