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Tri-Agency Grants Management Solution (TGMS) Initiative

Harmonizing and modernizing Tri-agency grants management

The three federal granting agencies, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) have embarked on an initiative to modernize their grants management system to better support applicants, administrators and reviewers during the grants management lifecycle.



Tri-agency Grants Management Solution (TGMS) Initiative



Why are new systems needed?

The agencies’ existing grants management operate on dated technology and are limited in their ability to adapt to the changing needs of both the research community and the agencies themselves.

  • The current systems are complex, not well integrated, administratively burdensome and time-consuming to use.
  • The technology that they are built on is out-of-date and is increasingly challenging to maintain and evolve.
  • The data architecture is not well structured, making it difficult to share, extract and analyze data.

What will a new grants management solution accomplish?

The TGMS Initiative will procure a user-centric solution that will support the grants management lifecycle (i.e., from program design to end-of-grant reporting, which includes the function currently provided by the Canadian Common CV) to achieve the following business outcomes:

Improved user experience for the research community and Tri-agency staff

Improved effectiveness and collaboration

Increased ability to acquire high-quality data and report on the research result

Reduced risk of aging technologies, providing a strong foundation for the future

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