Member Benefits

NDRIO is a membership-based not-for-profit organization where the roles and rights of members, and an appropriate fee structure, are critical elements of its overall governance. Membership is not required to access NDRIO programs, which will be made available to eligible researchers and research institutions across Canada. However, NDRIO’s governance rests and draws upon the engagement and commitment of its membership.

There are two categories of membership: Primary Members (Voting) and Associate Members (Non- Voting).

Primary (Voting) Members are post-secondary institutions, research hospitals and/or affiliated institutes that are eligible for Tri-Council grants.

The rights and responsibilities of the Primary (Voting) Members include:

  • Attendance at, participation in, and voting at all annual general meetings; 
  • The opportunity to nominate researchers for the Researcher Council;
  • The opportunity to advise the Board of Directors on the strategic direction, policies and programs of NDRIO;
  • The opportunity to sit on advisory/ad-hoc committees or other bodies that may be established by the new organization to fulfil its responsibilities.

Voting Members will name a primary representative who will represent the Member institution on all matters requiring a vote. Annual Membership fees range from $5,000 to $15,000, based on research intensity. 

Associate (Non-Voting) Members include post-secondary institutions that choose not to be Voting Members and national organizations with DRI-related associations that have a significant amount of activity in one of the three DRI pillars – ARC, DM and/or RS. 

The rights and responsibilities of Associate (Non-Voting) Members include: 

  • Attendance at annual general meetings and other meetings as appropriate; 
  • Participation on advisory and ad-hoc committees as appropriate and applicable; and 
  • Acting as a conduit to provide information to and gather input from their Members. 
  • Associate Members will pay a flat rate membership fee of $500 per year. 

All Membership must be approved by the Board.