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Saint Paul University Research Policies


Guidelines for Effective Research Training

These guidelines are intended to support and extend the impact of the scholarly commitment to effective research training by ensuring that, across all SSHRC funding opportunities, everything possible is done to maximize the impact of training and of investments in training, in the social sciences and humanities. For more information, click here.


Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS): Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans

The Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS or the Policy) is a joint policy of Canada’s three federal research agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), or “the Agencies.” For more information, click here.


Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research

The Framework describes Agency policies and requirements related to applying for and managing Agency funds, performing research and disseminating results, and the processes that Institutions and Agencies follow in the event of an allegation of a breach of an Agency policy. For more information, click here.


Research Data Archiving Policy

The purpose of this policy is to facilitate the advancement of knowledge in the social sciences and humanities by encouraging researchers to share research data. Sharing data strengthens our collective capacity to meet scholarly standards of openness by providing opportunities to further analyze, replicate, verify and refine research findings. Such opportunities enhance progress within fields of research, avoid duplication of primary collection of data, as well as support the expansion of interdisciplinary research. In addition, greater availability of research data will contribute to improved training for graduate and undergraduate students, and, through the secondary analysis of existing data, make possible significant economies of scale. Finally, researchers whose work is publicly funded have a special obligation to openness and accountability.

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Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

The Open Access policy announced by the three federal research granting agencies – Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – means that all Saint Paul University researchers who receive grant funding will need to make their research available online for free.

As of May 1, 2015, researchers who receive NSERC and SSHRC grants must comply with the policy. Researchers who were awarded grants prior to May 1, 2015, are encouraged, but not obligated, to follow the policy.

For further information about the Open Access Policy, click here.


Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Saint Paul University

NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC, in consultation with other institutions that administer funds for federally funded projects, have collaborated and created this Memorandum, which acts as a tangible agreement declaring shared accountability for funds administered. It describes the basic requirements for institutions to be eligible to administer agency funding.

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