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 (TAP) Management Committee, which itself reports to the TAP Steering Committee. The Chairs of the selection committees report to the management committee annually following the selection committee review meetings. The TAP Steering Committee reports to the ministers of Innovation, Science and Industry and minister of Health.
Tri-Agency programs Management Committee
The TAP 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 TAP Steering Committee.
- Advising the TAP 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 Programs;
- NSERC's vice-president, Research Grants and Scholarships Programs;
- SSHRC's vice-president, Research Programs Directorate;
- Health Canada's executive director, Science Policy Directorate; and,
- Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's director general, Science and Research Sector.
Tri-Agency Programs (TAP) Steering Committee
The TAP 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 TAP 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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