In 2005, the Government of Canada announced its commitment to disclose the awarding of grants and contributions over $25,000 as part of its Management Improvement Agenda.

This website provides information on grants and contributions awarded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.

The rules and principles governing government grants and contributions are outlined in the Treasury Board Policy on Transfer Payments. Transfer payments are transfers of money, goods, services or assets made from an appropriation to individuals, organizations or other levels of government, without the federal government directly receiving goods or services in return, but which may require the recipient to provide a report or other information subsequent to receiving payment. These expenditures are reported in the Public Accounts of Canada. The major types of transfer payments are grants, contributions and 'other transfer payments'.

Included in this category, but not to be reported under proactive disclosure of awards, are: 1) transfers to other levels of government, such as equalization payments as well as Canada Health and Social Transfer payments; 2) grants and contributions reallocated or otherwise redistributed by the recipient to third parties; and 3) information that would normally be withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

In keeping with standard Government of Canada practice, Canada First Research Excellence Fund grants cannot be released to the media or formally announced by Institutions until the Government of Canada has made its official public announcement.