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The main objective of this program is to strengthen niches of research excellence that have significant benefits for Québec, both scientifically and at a cultural, social and economic level.
More specifically, through this program, the FRQSC aims to:
- Facilitate the consolidation of large interdisciplinary , inter-institutional and intergenerational research groups to make Québec’s research system more dynamic, diverse and inclusive;
- Foster the emergence of research centres and networks in strategic sectors and contribute to their sustainability;
- Establish Québec researchers as leaders in their fields by supporting their participation in national and international research programs and their integration in large scientific networks;
- Exert a significant leverage effect to maximize investments in Québec research, notably by encouraging broad-based collaborations (inter-cluster, inter-sector and inter-level) in order to create competitive centres of excellence in Québec;
- Promote the production of innovative knowledge with a high potential for transformation and benefits of all kinds;
- Contribute to the establishment of stimulating quality environments to accommodate students and new academics, and to the training of highly qualified personnel;
- Allow open access to research results in accordance with the Fonds de recherche du Québec Open Access Policy (see Section 8 for rules regarding follow-up and reporting in relation to this objective);
- Promote the establishment of partnerships with potential users of the research results to facilitate their uptake in accordance with the Knowledge Mobilisation Strategy adopted by the FRQ;
- Help to bridge the gap between science and society by supporting open science initiatives;
- Raise awareness among the Québec research community of issues relating to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted by the United Nations (UN).
Regardless of its stage of development, each strategic cluster must:
- Be recognized as a research infrastructure by its managing institution, as defined in the CGR;
- Have the support of this institution;
- Demonstrate the commitment of at least one partner institution when submitting a pre-application.
- The principal investigator, all co-investigators, managing institutions and partners must meet the general eligibility requirements set out in the CGR (Section 2), as well as any other requirements described in this program, both at the time of application and for the entire duration of the grant if it is awarded.