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 du Québec aux relations canadiennes (SQRC), 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:
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:
The projects under the PSRAIIQ program are intended to:
Generally, projects must be completed within a twelve month period and no on-going funding can be provided under the program.
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 SQRC are eligible.
Projects must be described in sufficient details, in the prescribed form.
All of the following elements must be covered in the description:
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:
Projects are evaluated by the SQRC 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 SQRC and availability of funds.
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 SQRC and 20% at the end of the project, upon acceptance of the final report by the SQRC.
Other terms and conditions of payment may be determined by the SQRC depending on the nature and development of the project.
The project must be carried out as approved. Prior approval by the SQRC 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 SQRC with the final report.
The SQRC 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 SQRC, 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 SQRC 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 SQRC.
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 du Québec aux relations canadiennes (SQRC)
Direction de la veille et de la réflexion stratégiques (DVRS)
875, Grande Allée Est, 3e étage
Québec (Québec) G1R 4Y8
Phone: 418 528-7915
Reach us by email
The SQRC adheres to the Government Sustainable Development Strategy and encourages responsible practices in this regard.