About the Canada Research Coordinating Committee


The CRCC is mandated to achieve greater harmonization, integration and coordination of research-related programs and policies and to address issues of common concern to the granting agencies and the CFI.

CRCC members work together to strengthen Canada's ability to grow in the rapidly evolving global research landscape while focusing on key priority areas such as strengthening equity and diversity in research; increasing the capacity of Indigenous communities to conduct research and partner with the broader research community, and improving support for the next generation of scientists and scholars. 

Work plan


The Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) has updated its work plan for 2019-20 after its first year of operation, which saw the launch of the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF). NFRF pushes boundaries by encouraging researchers to take risks, innovate and work freely across disciplinary and national borders. During the year, the CRCC worked closely with the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to engage with Indigenous communities, support early career researchers, and make equity, diversity and inclusion hallmarks of research excellence in Canada.

The 2019-20 work plan addresses issues of concern to researchers in all fields working in a rapidly evolving global landscape. Under the work plan, the CRCC will:

  • launch the NFRF – Transformation stream, which will provide large-scale support for Canada to build strength and leadership in interdisciplinary and transformative research;
  • develop an international framework that fosters global excellence in the generation of ideas and talent and will support the launch of the NFRF – International stream, which will enhance opportunities for Canadian researchers to work with international partners;
  • review funding programs to identify gaps and linkages and to align opportunities for researchers at all stages of their careers;
  • continue to advance initiatives introduced in 2018-19, including:
    • co-development with Indigenous partners of models to support Indigenous research and research training that contribute to reconciliation; and
    • the implementation of tri-agency action plans to support early career researchers and promote equity, diversity and inclusion in Canadian research; and
  • engage with stakeholders and experts across the research community to inform the implementation of these and future priorities.

The CRCC wishes to express its appreciation for the expertise and leadership of Canadian researchers and administrators, Indigenous leaders and scholars, graduate students, and agency staff over the past year. Their commitment to Canadian research inspires us.


The CRCC has developed a work plan that addresses the priorities laid out in the open letter to its members. The vision for the future of Canada's research landscape is a bold, world-leading and highly coordinated system of federal support for science—a system that fosters research excellence and contributes to the social and economic well-being of Canadians.

Through its work plan, the CRCC commits to engaging with the research community in the development of new programming and initiatives in each priority area, such as:

  • developing innovative programming across the granting agencies that supports international, multidisciplinary, high-risk and rapid-response research that generates new knowledge;
  • building Canadian capacity to identify and respond to emerging areas of research; 
  • removing barriers faced by under-represented and disadvantaged groups to ensure equitable access across the granting agencies and establish Canada as a world leader in equity, diversity and inclusion in research;
  • developing, in partnership with Indigenous communities, an interdisciplinary Indigenous research and research training model that contributes to reconciliation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit; and
  • establishing Canada as a world leader in supporting the development of talent throughout the research career life cycle.
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