The Government of Canada established the Indirect Cost Program (ICP) to support post-secondary institutions in covering a portion of the indirect costs of research supported by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Each year the University of Lethbridge must apply to receive the ICP funding. The funding received is calculated using a funding formula that is based upon the average amount of research funding received over a three-year period from NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR.
The University of Lethbridge has experienced nearly 300% increase in its research funding portfolio over the past decade. While there are many factors that contributed to this increase, the ICP funding contributed significantly to this expansion. This grant supports research promotion, renovation of laboratories and technical support needed to support this research expansion, and institutional support from many administrative services including Grant Officers who assist faculty in the preparation, evaluation and submission of research grant proposals.
The continuing nature of this program has allowed the University of Lethbridge to make strategic decisions on how to allocate the funding. These key decisions have resulted in the expansion of the support services provided to support researchers, post-doctoral fellows and students as well as facilitate the dissemination of intellectual property and the commercialization of research endeavors.
|Facilities||Funds allocated to adapt and upgrade 3 laboratories tomeet researcher's needs. This helps attract and retain researchers by meeting their space and resource requirements. In addition to these renovation expenditures, this allocation enabled payment for 2 technical support positions and covered a small portion of the operating costs which included custodial, utilities and insurance.|
|Resources||This funding covers approximately 20% of the costs associated with site license to Canadian Research Knowledge Network.|
|Funds allocated primarily for salaries to support the research enterprise in numerous units such as: Office of Research and Innovation Services, Financial Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Faculty of Arts and Science. In addition, the funding was used to promote research activities.|
|Includes maintenance of the animal care facility and technical support and training for handling dangerous substances and biohazards.|
|Intellectual Property||Includes partial costs for the operation of the University Industry Liaison Office.|