CRCC Inaugural Progress Report

Tue. May. 28, 2019

The Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) brings together heads of the three granting agencies—SSHRC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)—and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), as well as the National Research Council; Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; Health Canada; and Canada’s chief science advisor. Launched in October 2017, the CRCC plays a key role in providing direction and advice to further improve coordination across research disciplines and address issues of common concern to the granting agencies and CFI.

As chair of the CRCC since its inception, I am proud to present, on behalf of the committee, our inaugural progress report. I invite you to read it here: CRCC Progress Report.

The committee builds on a tradition of cooperation between the three agencies and CFI. It has brought new visibility, resources and opportunities to meet the needs of Canadian researchers. In our first year, we worked closely together to address national priorities. We held cross-Canada consultations that helped shape new policies and programs. Since then we have come together to:

  • launch the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF),
  • engage broadly with Indigenous communities, and
  • implement policies and programs to support early career researchers and make equity, diversity and inclusion hallmarks of research excellence in Canada.

We are building on the promise of Canadian research.

On behalf of the CRCC, I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the expertise and leadership of all those who have worked on CRCC initiatives. You have been instrumental to the progress made in advancing these priorities. Your commitment to Canadian research inspires the committee’s work.



Ted Hewitt

Chair, Canada Research Coordinating Committee