Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)

Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)

The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) is a Tri-Agency program announced in May 2020 as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The initial (Stage 1) focus of this fund is on the provision of wage/stipend support for eligible research personnel who were/are paid by non-governmental sources. It can cover up to 75% of salaries paid to research personnel or trainees through research projects funded by sources such as industry, foundations, etc.

To qualify for payment, salaries must have been associated with projects that have either lost industry, NGO or foundation funding or have been interrupted due to the impacts of research curtailment, between March 15 and August 29, 2020.  CRCEF can fund salaries for a maximum of 12 weeks per individual within the eligibility period.

This Emergency Fund was previously communicated to Acadia faculty and staff via email. In addition, researchers identified in Acadia’s research database as potentially eligible for CRCEF Stage 1 support have been contacted with a request to submit a wage support application.

To ensure that no one who might be eligible is excluded from applying, all researchers should review the eligibility criteria.

There are two conditions for eligibility of research personnel for CRCEF Stage 1 support:

  • they are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (either from reduced funding or a negative impact on research activities); and
  • their salary or portion of salary is paid by non-governmental sources (CRCEF will provide 75% of that portion and for a maximum of $847).

For more detailed information on the CRCEF program, please visit  

For more information on CRCEF at Acadia and how to apply, please contact Leigh Huestis at

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