What is the Research Support Fund

The Research Support Fund is an investment by Canadian taxpayers to support some of the indirect costs of research. Formerly known as the Indirect Costs Program (established in 2003), these funds reinforce the research investment made by the federal government in the ares of health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities through its three research granting agencies, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

What are Indirect Costs of Research?

Research funding provided through the granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) is generally limited to direct project costs (e.g., research equipment, research assistant salaries, etc.). Institutions such as Mount Allison University whose researchers receive funding for research also incur costs to manage their research enterprise. These are often called "indirect costs of research." These costs include, for example, the costs of maintaining modern labs and equipment; costs of providing researchers with access to up-to-date knowledge resources; costs of managing and administering research; costs of meeting regulatory and ethical requirements; and costs of transferring research results to knowledge users.http://www.rsf-fsr.gc.ca/about-au_sujet/index-eng.aspx

Institutions have flexibility in deciding how to use their grant, provided that the funds are used for the payment of current expenditures attributed to federally-sponsored research that falls within the following five categories:

1. Research facilities
2. Research resources
3. Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise
4. Regulatory requirements and accreditation
5. Intellectual property

For more information, see http://www.rsf-fsr.gc.ca/.

Mount Allison University acknowledges the contribution of the federal government and Canadian taxpayers to our research enterprise through various grant programs and through the Research Support Fund. 
 
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