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Research Support Fund

The Government of Canada invests in research excellence in the areas of health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities through its three granting agencies: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

The Research Support Fund (RSF) supports this research investment by funding the hidden costs of research to help over 125 Canadian postsecondary institutions and their affiliated research hospitals and institutes make the most of the federal investment in academic research by supporting a portion of the indirect costs of research. These are costs that are not attributed directly to a university research project, but which are real costs to the university.

Eligible institutions receive an annual grant through the RSF to support research-related administrative costs. 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 and Knowledge mobilization

More information on this program can be found here.

Concordia University of Edmonton’s Research Support Fund Allocation

Our annual RSF allocation is calculated based on a formula which includes the amount of funding received by CUE and our researchers from the three federal research-granting agencies: NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR over the past three years.


2017 – 2018 Allocation $38,726

Research resources $2000

Management and administration of an institution’s research enterprise $35,226

Regulatory requirements and accreditation $1500

The Research Support Fund assists Concordia University of Edmonton and other Canadian postsecondary institutions with the costs associated with managing their research enterprise, helping them to maintain a world-class research environment. The RSF helps to maintain modern labs and equipment; provide access to up-to-date knowledge resources; provide research management and administrative support; meet regulatory and ethical standards; transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and many other activities that help to make Canada a world leader in research and development.