Appendix B: Methodology for updating institutional quotas
The methodology used to obtain the 2015-16 to 2017-18 Vanier institutional quotas is as follows:
- Each granting agency receives a three-year quota of 600 (excluding additional nominations for foreign students by institutions).
- Each agency calculates the following for each nominating institution:
- The amount of funding received through the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program in 2009- 2010, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012.
- The amount of funding received through agency doctoral and Vanier programs in 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014.
- The sum of (a) and (b) is calculated to determine the total doctoral and Chairs funding received by the nominating institution. This total is then converted to a fraction of the total doctoral and Chairs funding received by all institutions. This fraction is multiplied by the three-year quota allocation of 600 to determine the final quota for each nominating university.
- The final numbers reflect a reduction of the calculated quota amount for those institutions that exceeded their previous three-year quota for a particular agency.
- Industry-partnered doctoral data was not included in the calculation of the amount of doctoral funding received.
All institutions must have received CRC funding (in addition to having an eligible doctoral program) in order to receive an allocation. Doctoral-level funding is not required, however will be factored into the calculations and may influence the number of allocations given to a university.
The number of Vanier CGS quotas is calculated over a three year period. Annual quotas are determined by dividing the total allocations by three. The remaining quotas which do not divide evenly by three are considered "floating quotas" and can be used in any year within the three year period. Note that floating quotas will by default be included in the current competition however these will only be applied in instances where the number of nominations exceeds the number of quotas for that given year. The following examples describe how annual targets were calculated within the three year quota period:
- Example 1: University A has a total of 90 quotas for three years: yearly quota distribution would be as follows: YR1: 30; YR2: 30; YR3: 30
- Example 2: University B has a total of 32 quotas for three years: yearly quota distribution would be as follows: YR1: 10; YR2: 10; YR3: 10 with two floating quotas to be used in either of the three years.
- Example 3: University C has a total of two quotas for the three years: yearly quota distribution quotas would be as follows: the two quotas would be floating therefore they could be used in either of the three years.
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