How PFP works

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The Canadian Nuclear safety Commission's (CNSC) Participant Funding Program is effectively managed according to the six following steps:

1. Public announcement

The CNSC announces that participant funding is available for a specific matter and posts the information on its website. This notice states who may apply and the maximum funding amount available. PFP application forms can be submitted for a specific period of time, as indicated in the notice and determined on a case-by-case basis.

2. Complete funding application

Parties wishing to apply for participant funding must complete the Funding Application Form by the stated deadline. Funding applicants are required to outline their proposal and projected expenditures, and explain how their proposed activities will add value to the CNSC’s regulatory processes.

3. Funding recommendations

An independent funding review committee reviews all funding applications and makes recommendations for each applicant. Funding applicants are notified of funding decisions, which are also posted on the CNSC website.

4. Contribution agreement

A contribution agreement (PDF) is sent to successful funding applicants. It outlines what information the CNSC expects to receive from the applicant, and the maximum funding approved for the matter. Successful funding applicants must sign and return the contribution agreement to the CNSC for the release of any approved funding.

5. Fulfillment of contribution Agreement

Successful applicants must provide deliverables to the CNSC within the agreed-upon timelines, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the program. A final financial report (PDF) of eligible expenditures must be submitted to the CNSC to complete the requirements of the contribution agreement. Recipients are not required to submit receipts to the CNSC, but are strongly encouraged to retain them for at least three (3) years in the event of an audit.

6. Payment conditions

Payment is normally made by the CNSC following the receipt of the signed contribution agreement, the deliverable(s) and the final financial report within the agreed-upon timelines. Subject to the maximum contribution established in the contribution agreement, the CNSC will reimburse the recipient only for eligible costs incurred.

Where warranted, an advance payment may be issued following the receipt of a signed contribution agreement. Recipients must contact the PFP administrator to request advance payments. Should an advance payment be made by the CNSC, the percentage of remaining funding, or appropriate difference owing, shall be made following the recipient’s fulfillment of the contribution agreement. Advance payments shall not exceed seventy-five (75) percent of the maximum amount approved for that recipient.

For additional information, please consult the Participant Funding Program Guide (PDF) and our PFP frequently asked questions or contact us.

Participant Funding Program