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Consult Program details for more information on the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, how to apply and other program guidelines.

The Canada First Research Excellence Fund is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS).


 To avoid duplication of information and possibly conflicting interpretations, TIPS asks eligible institutions to nominate a single point of contact to interact with TIPS. Through these designated contacts, TIPS will keep institutions informed of updated program information. Please check with your institution’s designated contact (usually a senior administrator, such as the vice-president of research) for the latest program updates and answers to frequently asked questions.

If you believe that your institution meets the eligibility criteria of the program, but you have not yet been contacted by TIPS and would like to receive updated program information, please send an email to the general inquiries address provided below.


General inquiries

Email: information@cfref-apogee.gc.ca
Tel.: 613-943-9316

Technical support

If you are experiencing technical problems (e.g., difficulty viewing or downloading electronic forms), please contact:

Email: websupport@cfref-apogee.gc.ca
Tel.: 613-995-4273


Valérie Laflamme
Associate Vice-President, Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat
Email: valerie.laflamme@chairs-chaires.gc.ca
Tel.: 613-943-3082

Dominique Lalonde
Acting Director, Programs
Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat
Email: dominique.lalonde@chairs-chaires.gc.ca
Tel.: 613-947-6938

Mélanie Paradis
Administrative and Program Assistant
Email: melanie.paradis@chairs-chaires.gc.ca
Tel.: 613-943-3087

Andrea Matyas
Director, Communications
Email: andrea.matyas@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca
Cell: 613-608-6084