The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is administered by the Vanier-Banting Secretariat (the Secretariat) on behalf of Canada's three granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC). The Secretariat is housed within the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
The Secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Vanier CGS program and provides administrative support to the selection committees responsible for application review, in collaboration with the selection committee chairs.
The Secretariat reports to the Tri-Agency programs (TAPs) management committee, which itself reports to the TAPs steering committee. The Chairs of the selection committee's report to the steering committee annually following the selection committee review meetings. The TAPs steering committee reports to the deputy ministers of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Health Canada.
Tri-Agency programs management committee
The TAPs Management Committee's mandate consists of operational oversight of:
- The organization, implementation and continuing administration of the programs administered by the Tri-Agency Secretariats, acting on authority delegated from the TAPs steering committee.
- Advising the TAPs steering committee by providing recommendations for its consideration on matters of program design, competitions, post award monitoring, evaluation and audit, communications, research policy, reporting and national tri-agency policy.
It is composed of:
- the executive director of the Secretariat;
- CIHR's associate vice-president, Research and Knowledge Translation Portfolio;
- NSERC's vice-president, Research Grants and Scholarships Programs;
- SSHRC's vice-president, Research Capacity Directorate;
- Health Canada's executive director, Science Policy Directorate; and,
- Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's director general, Coordination Branch, Science and Innovation Sector.
Tri-Agency programs steering committee
The TAPs steering committee's mandate is to provide strategic oversight of the program, including:
- its design and delivery
- performance management, post award monitoring, evaluation
- communications and reporting activities
- accountability (governance structure)
- control activities
- high-order governance for the suite of Tri-Agency programs, including the foresight of longer-term developments that impact the S&T environment and may affect the demand for or contribution of Tri-Agency programs
The members of the TAPs steering committee are the presidents of each of the three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC), and the deputy ministers of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Health Canada.
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