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General Information - Research Support Program on Intergovernmental Affairs and Québec Identity

Objectives of the Program

The Research Support Program on Intergovernmental Affairs and Québec Identity (PSRAIIQ) aims to support the development and dissemination of knowledge contributing to a better understanding of Québec and to the improvement of intergovernmental relations.

Administered by the Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes (SAIC), the program has two components.

The Intergovernmental Affairs component primarily supports projects that will contribute to the promotion of Canadian intergovernmental relations based on the respect of the Constitution and the recognition of Québec’s specificity and enhance the reflection and discussion on intergovernmental issues in Canada. These projects may concern:

  • Québec and Canadian politics;
  • intergovernmental relations;
  • institutional, constitutional and geopolitical issues related to Canadian federalism;
  • economic and financial issues related to fiscal autonomy, financial and fiscal transfers et equalization;
  • comparative federalism.

The Québec Identity component primarily supports projects that will contribute to the understanding of Québec in Canada, its national identity, its institutions and of Québec’s perspectives and realities among its partners of the Canadian federation. These projects may concern:

  • Québec political institutions;
  • Québec nation and its constituent elements;
  • Québec public policies;
  • identities issues;
  • the history of Québec and of its diverse societal components;
  • sense of common citizenship.

The projects under the PSRAIIQ program are intended to:

  • undertake research, analyses and other experts works and disseminate knowledge through, among others, the publication of books;
  • organize, or participate to, meetings enabling exchanges among Québec and Canadian or international experts at important events held in Québec or elsewhere in Canada.

Generally, projects must be completed within a twelve month period and no on-going funding can be provided under the program.

Eligible Projects

Only projects that are presented by researchers from recognized organizations (institutions, associations, institutes, research centres) are eligible.

Only projects meeting the objectives of the program and the orientations and priorities defined by the SAIC are eligible.

Description of the Project

Projects must be described in sufficient details, in the prescribed form.

All of the following elements must be covered in the description:

  • full address of the applicant(s) and, where relevant, of any organizations that are associated with the project, including their postal and email addresses as well as reference to their Web sites;
  • function, title, experience, communications and publications of the applicant (join detailled curriculum vitae);
  • description of the proposed activities;
  • description of the expected results/outcomes and their contribution to the program’s objectives;
  • detailled budget showing projected expenditures and schedule of disbursements;
  • the project’s financing package and funding sources;
  • original signature of the applicants attesting that all information provided is true and correct and, where applicable, authorizing the Government du Québec (or its agent) to audit the use of the grant;
  • the original signature of a contact person at the research office of the organization.

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Eligible Expenses

The grant can only be used for the reimbursement of eligible expenses reasonably incurred to realize the activities, analyses and research as described in the project.

Eligible expenses are:

  • Fees and salaries paid to individuals specifically hired for the realization of the project (for example, research assistant, i.e. undergraduate and graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows).
  • Reasonable transport and accommodation expenses.
  • Translation, printing and publication expenses.
  • Communication and promotional expenses directly related to the project.
  • Expenses incurred for the rental of material and equipment necessary to the realization of the project.

Non-eligible expenses:

  • Administration expenses.
  • Office rent.
  • Equipment purchase.
  • Capital expenditures.
  • Cocktail or reception related expenses.
  • Any other day-to-day operating expenses.
  • Any expenditure that the organization would otherwise have assumed in the normal course of its operations.

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Evaluation of Projects

Projects are evaluated by the SAIC on the extent of their relevancy with regard to the objectives, orientations and priorities of the Program, their originality and articulation, the achievements of participant researchers, their capacity to realize the project and the realism of the financial aspects of the project.

The grant is determined on the basis of the result of the evaluation and taking into account the orientations and priorities of the SAIC and availability of funds.

Payment of the Grant

Grants of less than 15 000 $ are paid in a single instalment.

Grants of 15 000 $ or more are paid in two instalments: 80% of the grant is paid after confirmation of the approval of the project by the SAIC and 20% at the end of the project, upon acceptance of the final report by the SAIC.

Other terms and conditions of payment may be determined by the SAIC depending on the nature and development of the project.

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Other Conditions

The project must be carried out as approved. Prior approval by the SAIC is required for any substantial change to the project.

For funding of 50 000 $ or more, audited financial statements of the project must be provided to SAIC with the final report.

The SAIC also reserves the right to require audited financial statements of any project that it subsidizes and may, at any time, verify the information and supporting documents related to the project.

After completion of the project, a final report must be transmitted to the SAIC, no later that March 31st of the financial year in which it has been completed. The final report must have been transmitted on time and approved by the SAIC before any proposal for a new project can be submitted to the PSRAIIQ.

If the eligible expenses that have effectively been incurred for the realization of the project are lower than the amount of the grant, effective revenues are higher than forecasted or the project has been cancelled, the unused portion of the grant must be repaid to the SAIC.

All documents, activities and communication products related to the project must include an acknowledgement the Government of Québec’s contribution with a prominence commensurate to the level of support provided.


All documents related to a request for funding support for a project under the PSRAIIQ must be mailed to:

Secrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes (SAIC)
Direction de la réflexion stratégique (DRS)
875, Grande Allée Est, 3e étage
Québec (Québec)  G1R 4Y8
Phone: 418 528-7915
Fax: 418 643-1138

Reach us by email

The SAIC adheres to the Government Sustainable Development Strategy and encourages responsible practices in this regard.

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