Tri-Agency Grants

Tri-Agency is the umbrella term used to describe the three Canadian Government research funding agencies:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

The Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration (TAGFA) is in effect for all eligible administering institutions on April 1, 2020. This Guide streamlines and simplifies the administration and use of grant funds by creating a ‘principles-based’ guide that promotes efficiencies, reduces administrative burden and provides greater flexibility to administering institutions and grant recipients in ensuring the appropriate accountability and use of grant funds.

This principles-based guide will foster a balance between control and flexibility, and it will also take into consideration existing administering institutions’ policies, processes and internal controls.


Use of Grant Funds

The use of grant funds will be governed by directives and principles.


Expenses must meet the 4 principles:



Roles and Responsibilities

There will be a shared accountability between the grant recipient, administering institute and Tri-Agency.




Current and upcoming training events are here.


Managers should escalate their concerns to the Helpdesk email

UBC Vancouver

Edmund Gin
Acting Senior Manager, Research Finance Compliance and Training
(604) 822-6158

Evelyn Miguel
Associate Director, Research Finance
(604) 822-3275

UBC Okanagan

Scott Jolley
Manager, Financial Services and Research Finance | Finance
(250) 807-9599 ext 79599