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: