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Research Portal Information for Scholarships Liaison Officers at Institutions


The Research Portal provides a single point of entry for applicants, reviewers, committee members, institutions and partners. The Research Portal is used to manage application and review processes, acceptance of awards, notification of results and reporting.  

The Research Portal allows Scholarships Liaison Officers (SLOs) to access, browse, approve and process applications. Each institution designates a “Master SLO” who is responsible for assigning privileges in the Research Portal to other SLOs at their institution depending on their role.

All Master SLOs, SLOs and SLOs Assistants must read the section Instructions for SLOs before using the Research Portal.

Registration Process for Master SLOs

Each institution must have a designated Master SLO. To register a Master SLO, follow these steps:

  • If you do not have a Research Portal account, you must first Create your Account.
  • Print, complete and sign the Master Scholarships Liaison Officer (Research Portal) Registration Form. The registration form requires the approval and signature of your institution’s Dean of Graduate Studies. If the Dean of Graduate Studies is also the Master SLO at the institution, their administrative superior must approve and sign the registration form.
  • Email a scanned copy of the completed and signed registration form to There is no need to mail or fax the original signed form.

The agencies will grant you the role of Master SLO once your account is created and the registration form has been received. There can only be one Master SLO at your institution.

Help with the Research Portal

Refer to the Research Portal – Frequently Asked Questions, the Frequently Asked Questions for Scholarships Liaison Officers at Institutions or contact the This link will take you to another Web site Helpdesk.

Instructions for SLOs


The Institution Portal within the Research Portal is a secure electronic workspace for SLOs at eligible Canadian institutions. It allows these individuals to do the following in their role as institutional representatives:

  • view, print or save applications as a PDF;
  • manage the allocation process;
  • view the results of the offers of awards; and
  • view the notice of awards as a PDF.

Roles and Access Privileges

The Institution Portal provides the following three roles:

Roles Access Privileges
Master SLO

Note: This is the only role that will be assigned by the agency.
  • view, print or save applications as a PDF
  • set application status (i.e., Offered, Alternate, Not Offered, Ineligible, Deferred, Withdrawn)
  • delete or assign SLO and SLO Assistant roles to other individuals
  • view, print or save applications as a PDF
  • set application status (i.e., Offered, Alternate, Not offered, Ineligible, Deferred, Withdrawn)
SLO Assistant
  • view, print or save applications as a PDF

Research Portal Welcome

Log in to the Research Portal using your email address and password. Two tabs will appear: (1) Applicant and (2) Institution (SLO). From the Institution (SLO) tab, you can view the list of applications that are currently submitted to your institution.

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The Institution (SLO) Portal page is divided into three sections:

  1. Allocations
  2. Application Status Summary
  3. Application Status

Note: The first time you access the Institution (SLO) Portal, you will be required to agree to the terms and conditions for the SLO before being permitted to view the applications. Refer to the Signatures section.

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The Allocations section is divided into two types: (1) Allocations by agency and (2) Allocations remaining.

“Allocations by agency” represents the number of offers that institutions may award on behalf of each agency for the selected funding cycle.

“Allocations remaining” represents the balance of allocations as offers are made to successful applicants on behalf of each agency. As an offer is made, the total for the appropriate agency will decrease by one allocation. If there are no scholarships remaining, the total for each agency will be “0”. When offers are made, applicants will have 21 days to accept or decline the offer. If an offer is declined, the “Allocations remaining” for the specific agency will increase by one. This will allow the institution to make an offer to the next applicant on the Alternate list from the same agency. This process can be repeated until there are no allocations remaining, but before January 31 of the following year. Should any offers of award be declined after January 31, institutions will no longer be able to make subsequent offers; therefore, institutions should encourage applicants to accept or decline the offers promptly using the Research Portal.

Application Status Summary

In the Application Status Summary section, you will see application status sorted by agency. There are nine possible status labels:

Received by Administrator: The completed application has been successfully submitted to the institution by the applicant.

Offered: An offer has been made to the applicant by the institution.

Alternate: The application has been deemed meritorious in the institution’s competition; however, due to its ranking, falls below the allocation cut-off. The applicant is therefore on the alternate list. Should an award become available due to a decline, an applicant on the alternate list may receive an offer.

Not Offered: The application has been deemed non meritorious in the institution’s competition. Subsequent offers may not be made to the applicant.

Ineligible: The application has been deemed ineligible based on the eligibility criteria outlined in the funding opportunity description.

Accepted: The offer has been accepted by the applicant.

Declined: (a) an offer from the institution has been declined by the applicant; or (b) an offer from an institution has been accepted by the applicant; therefore, all other pending offers are automatically set to Declined; or (c) an offer that has not been accepted within 21 days from the date of offer.

Note: This status can only be selected by the applicant or generated automatically by the Research Portal.

Deferred: Before commencing an award, the applicant may defer an award for up to two years, for a maximum of one year at a time, only for reasons of maternity, child rearing, illness, or health-related family responsibilities.

Note: The term “maternity” refers to “parental”.

Acceptance Withdrawn: The acceptance of the offer has been withdrawn at the applicant’s request.

Note: It is imperative to assign the accurate status for all applications. For instance, all meritorious and eligible applicants who rank below the allocation cut-off should be assigned the status of Alternate. Only non-meritorious applications should be assigned a status of Not Offered. In the case of a termination of award, the status must remain at Accepted. In addition, the unused portion of the terminated award must not be offered to the next candidate on the alternate list.

Application Status

In the Application Status section, the list of applications will automatically default to the current funding cycle. To view applications from a previous funding cycle, select the desired year from the Funding Cycle drop-down and the page will refresh itself. The applications can be filtered or sorted by (a) family name; (b) first name; (c) application title; (d) last updated; (e) status; (f) department; and (g) agency. To sort, just click on one of the column headings mentioned above.

To filter, enter a value in the blank field under the relevant column heading and select the filter type by clicking . You can filter more than one column at a time. For example, to view all NSERC applications with an Offered status:

  • Under Agency, type NSERC and select the filter type (e.g., Contains). All applications will appear in the list.
  • Then under Status, type in Offered and select the filter type (e.g., Equal to) and all relevant applications will appear.

To clear filters, click , select “No filter” and the page will refresh itself.

How to View an Application

To view submitted applications (status = Received by Administrator), click on the title of the application you wish to view. The Application Overview page will appear. On the Application Overview page, you can do the following:

  • Under Application, click View and a printer-friendly version of the application will appear. This view will not include the attachments.
  • Under Attachments, click View to view individual attachments as a PDF.
  • Under Attachments, click Export application and attachments to PDF to view the complete application, including the Reference Assessment Forms.
  • Under Canadian Common CVs Attached, click View and a PDF version of the applicant’s CGS M Canadian Common CV (CCV) will appear.
  • Under Canadian Common CVs Attached, click View – reviewer version and a PDF version of the applicant’s CGS M CCV will appear. Personal information (e.g., addresses, email addresses) has been removed from the CCV. This version must be used for evaluation purposes at the institution.
  • Under Invitations, click View and a printer-friendly version of the Reference Assessment Form will appear.
  • Confirm the field of research (i.e., health; natural sciences and/or engineering; social sciences and/or humanities). If necessary, modify accordingly using the drop-down list.

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Note: Email addresses associated with SLO Research Portal accounts should not be used for the purpose of submitting CGS M reference letters since this would prevent you from viewing that application in the SLO Portal.

How to Manage Applications

Offers of awards will be made by all institutions on behalf of the three agencies as of April 1 of each year using the Research Portal. By mid-March, SLOs will be able to enter the results of the CGS M competition for their institution into the SLO Portal. Four buttons will appear: Offered; Alternate; Not Offered and Ineligible. It is the responsibility of the SLOs to “action” each application by clicking on one of the four buttons. SLOs will be prompted to confirm each selection. Institutions are accountable for the accuracy of competition results that they enter into the Research Portal. As a courtesy, once a status is set, the system will generate an email advising the applicant to check their application status. It is the responsibility of the applicant to periodically verify the Research Portal as of April 1 for results of the competition.

Official offers of awards can only be made using the Research Portal. Institutions cannot release the results through any avenue before April 1.

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Status Offered

If the institutions wish to extend an offer to an applicant, the SLO must click the Offered button. Should offers be declined, institutions may make subsequent offers to persons on the Alternate list but only until January 31 of the following year. When an application is set to Offered, all other buttons will disappear. When an application is set to Alternate, the Offered and Ineligible buttons remain. When an applicant accepts a CGS M offer through the Research Portal, an award start date must be selected. The system will then generate a tri-agency Notice of Award (NOA) consisting of a letter of congratulations, award details and the terms and conditions of the award. The NOA will be available as a PDF and will become the recipient’s official record. It will also appear on the applicant’s Application Overview page as well as on the SLO Portal.

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The acceptance of an award is the only instance that will generate official documentation. Applications set at Alternate, Not Offered, Ineligible or Declined will not generate official documentation in the Research Portal.

Status Deferred

If an applicant wishes to defer an award, the SLO must click the Deferred button and select a deferral date. The date can be changed as often as necessary. An applicant may defer an award for one year (renewable to a maximum of two years). When an award is deferred, it is offered to the next person on the alternate list to meet the related quota for the current funding cycle. The status will remain at Deferred until March 15 of the following funding cycle, where the status will revert automatically to Accepted. At that time, the applicant will receive a system-generated email asking them to confirm with the institution if they want to defer their award for an additional year.

If the applicant wishes to defer the award for an additional year, upon receipt of the required documentation, the SLO must then defer the award once again. The applicant must take up the award two years after the initial deferment was made (status = Accepted) or the SLO must withdraw the acceptance of offer (status = Acceptance Withdrawn).

If the applicant does not wish to defer for an additional year, then the status will remain at Accepted. The applicant will appear in the list of applications for the current funding cycle following the initial deferment, and the quota for that current funding cycle will decrease by “1”.

Status Withdrawn

If an applicant wishes to withdraw an acceptance of offer, the SLO must click on Withdraw Acceptance. The status change (Withdrawn) will appear in the SLO Portal and in the Application Overview page. The status of Declined should not be used in this instance.

Status/Application Workflow

Status Status SLO/Institution Applicant/System Applicant
In progress Received by administrator Ineligible - -
In progress Received by administrator Offered Accepted -
In progress Received by administrator Offered Accepted Deferred [by SLO at the applicant’s request]
In progress Received by administrator Offered Accepted Withdrawn [by SLO at the applicant’s request]
In progress Received by administrator Offered Declined [by the applicant] -
In progress Received by administrator Offered Declined [by the system] No action taken by applicant within 21 day window
In progress Received by administrator Not offered - -
In progress Received by administrator Alternate Offered Accepted
In progress Received by administrator Alternate Offered Declined [by the applicant]
In progress Received by administrator Alternate Offered Declined [by the system; no action taken by applicant within 21 day window]
In progress Received by administrator Alternate Offered Accepted [by the applicant] and Deferred [by the SLO at the applicant’s request]
In progress Received by administrator Alternate Offered Accepted [by the applicant] and Withdrawn [by the SLO at the applicant’s request]
In progress Received by administrator Alternate Not offered -
In progress Received by administrator - - -


Download List of Applications in Excel Format

From the Institution Portal page, SLOs can download the application status summary table and the list of applicants in Excel format. The download will be based on the last filter or the last sort (e.g., status = Offered). To download, click on the following icon: .

How to Assign or Delete a Role

This task can be carried out only by the Master SLO. Before you begin, ensure that the individual to whom you intend to assign a role has a Research Portal account.

Assigning a Role

  • On the Institution Portal page, click Scholarships Liaison Officer in the top menu and then click on Role Assignment Authority and the page will appear.
  • Click Add user.
  • Enter the new SLO’s email address in the Email field.
    Note: This email address must be the same as that used by the individual to register with the Research Portal.
  • Select one of the following roles from the dropdown list.
    Note: SLO roles are not agency-specific. SLOs will see applications for all three agencies.
    • Scholarships Liaison Officer
    • Scholarships Liaison Officer (Assistant)
  • Click Add.
  • Repeat steps 2 to 5 to add other authorized SLOs at the institution.
Deleting a Role
  • From the Role Assignment Authority page, select the name of the SLO you want to remove from the list and click Delete. A confirmation message will appear.
  • Click OK to remove the individual from the list. The screen will refresh and the individual’s name will no longer appear on the list.

Change of Master SLO

The This link will take you to another Web site Helpdesk must be informed by the institution as soon as the Master SLO is replaced or leaves the institution. The Helpdesk will immediately remove the role of Master SLO from the individual’s account. Provide a completed, signed and scanned Master Scholarships Liaison Officer (Research Portal) Registration Form with the replacement’s relevant information by sending an email to

Protection and Disclosure of Personal Information

The agencies are subject to the Privacy Act and related policies that govern the ways in which personal information is collected, disclosed, retained and disposed of, in order to protect the privacy of individuals.

The Access to Information Act and Privacy Act (the Acts) provide specific and limited exemptions regarding the protection of personal information under the control of the agencies. Because research institutions are directly involved in the administration of applications and awards, officials and employees of these institutions are entrusted by the agencies with information that would generally not be disclosed to the public. This information must be managed by the institution in a secure manner, disclosed to employees on a strict “need-to-know” basis, and used only for the purposes for which it was collected. Institutional employees to whom such personal information is disclosed must be made aware of these requirements and obligations.

Given that some institutions are already subject to the provincial privacy laws, and their own confidentiality policies, the agencies do not expect that this will create any new or undue administrative burden.


Before you, as an SLO, use the Research Portal to support the delivery of the CGS M Program, you must read and agree to the Terms and Conditions for the Scholarships Liaison Officer that appear in a pop-up window during the submission process. It is your responsibility to retain a copy of the agreed Terms and Conditions for your records.

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