Research Support Fund

Research Support Fund (RSF) Program

Every year, the federal government invests in research excellence in the areas of health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities through its three granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC). Collectively known as the Tri-Agency, funding provided by these agencies are generally limited to direct research expenses, such as research equipment, materials and supplies; research assistant salaries; and dissemination.  Research projects also incur indirect costs.  These are defined as any expenditure that cannot be traced to a specific research project but is a cost incurred by the University to provide the resources and infrastructure required to allow a research project to proceed. Indirect costs can include, but are not limited to, the provision of space, administration, maintenance of buildings, utilities, accounting, payroll, human resources and information technology services, grants and contract administration and the provision for equipment replacement.

The Research Support Fund (RSF) (formerly known as the Indirect Costs Program) was introduced in 2003 as part of the federal government’s strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development.  It reinforces the federal government's research investment by helping institutions cover a portion of the indirect costs associated with managing the research funded by the Tri-Agency and ensures that the federally funded research projects are conducted in world-class facilities with the best equipment and administrative support available.

RSF funds are awarded annually. The U of L has flexibility in determining how to use the grant, provided the funds are used to defray costs in the following categories:

The U of L's RSF grant is calculated based on the funding received by researchers from the Tri-Agency in the three most recent years for which data are available.

The U of L's grant in 2020/21 is $2,030,318.  The expected allocation across eligible expenditure areas is as follows:

CATEGORY ALLOCATION
Research Facilities $170,000
Research Resources $152,000
Management & Administration $701,786
Regulatory Requirements & Accreditation $914,512
Intellectual Property & Commercialization $92,020
Total $2,030,318

In 2020/21 the University of Lethbridge will invest the Research Support Fund (RSF) in:

Facilities: Funding tanks for storage of liquid nitrogen and partial coverage of facilities management to defray the cost of heat, lighting and electricity for the research space.

Resources: Funding to partially offset the cost Canadian Research Knowledge Network access to digital content for the academic research enterprise and annual license for a Curriculum Vitae (CV) management tool.

Management and Administration: The RSF is critical in maintaining the support infrastructure required for the research enterprise. The staff support the researchers in all aspects of research administration including grant applications, grant administration, and reporting.

Regulatory requirements: This area of support has increased significantly over the past few years. There has been a significant investment in animal care and safety training.

Intellectual Property and Knowledge Mobilization: Administrative support to increase collaborative research with external partners. 

 

The U of L's RSF grant is calculated based on the funding received by researchers from the Tri-Agency in the three most recent years for which data are available. The U of L's grant in  2019/20 was $2,088,795.  The allocation across eligible expenditure areas was as follows:

In 2019/20 the University of Lethbridge invested the Research Support Fund (RSF) as follows:

  • Facilities: Funding technicians used to support the research facilities, liquid nitrogen used to support research equipment and for facilities management to defray the cost of heat, lighting and electricity for the research space.

  • Resources: Funding to partially offset the cost Canadian Research Knowledge Network access to digital content for the academic research enterprise.

  • Management and Administration: The RSF is critical in maintaining the support infrastructure required for the research enterprise. The staff support the researchers in all aspects of research administration including grant applications, grant administration, and reporting.

  • Regulatory requirements: This area of support has increased significantly over the past few years. There has been a significant investment in animal care and safety training.

Click here to view the U of L's Institutional Performance Objectives relative to the RSF.

Click here to view the U of L's report on achieving its performance objectives for 2019/20.

Click on the links below to learn more about previous RSF grant allocations and outcomes