The policy is modeled after CIHR’s policy, which has been in effect since 2008. While CIHR-funded researchers will now refer to the new harmonized policy, compliance requirements will not change for the health research community. NSERC and SSHRC* researchers will be required to comply with the new policy for all grants awarded from May 1, 2015 onwards.
Working together to promote access to the results of publicly funded research
The 2010 release of Access to Research Results: Guiding Principles by the three federal granting agencies--the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)--included a commitment to developing a shared approach for improving access to publicly funded research in keeping with internationally recognized best practices, standards and policies for funding and conducting research.