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About the Research Support Fund

The Research Support Fund (RSF) program assists Canadian post-secondary institutions and their affiliated research hospitals and Institutes with the expenses associated with managing the research funded by the three federal research granting agencies. The RSF program, formerly known as the Indirect Costs Program, is a Tri-agency initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The RSF program helps post-secondary institutions to manage the financial demands of the indirect costs of research. Indirect costs are defined as the central, faculty, departmental and/or institute costs that Concordia University of Edmonton incurs to support research but are not attributable to specific research projects. The RSF alleviates these challenges by funding items such as:

  • Salaries for staff or students who provide administrative support for researchers and their projects
  • Training costs for workplace health and safety
  • Costs related to the maintenance of libraries and laboratories
  • Administrative costs associated with getting a patent for an invention

The Research Support Fund (RSF) supports this research investment by funding the hidden costs of 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. The RSF helps to maintain modern labs and equipment; provide access to 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.

Expenditure Areas

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:

  • Research facilities
  • Research resources
  • Management and administration of an institution’s research enterprise
  • Regulatory requirements and accreditation
  • Intellectual property and Knowledge mobilization

Concordia University of Edmonton’s Research Support Fund Allocation

The Concordia University of Edmonton 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.

At CUE, the funding from this program is currently used to cover expenditures in the category of Management and Administration. The Research Support Fund allocation assists primarily in funding the cost of salary support and benefits for Office of Research Services staff. RSF funding enables the Office of Research Services to provide assistance and support to researchers to promote individual and collaborative research proposals, as well as increase the number of grant applications processed.

2018 – 2019 Allocation: $37,848

In 2018-2019, Concordia University of Edmonton received $37,848 in Research Support Funds and allocated these funds to the following category:

  1. Management and administration of an institution’s research enterprise $37,848 (100%)
  • In 2018-19 Research Support Funds are providing salary support and benefits for the Research Officer position in the Office of Research Services and delivering administrative support for researchers and their projects.

2017 – 2018 Allocation:  $38,726

In 2017-2018, Concordia University of Edmonton received $38,726 in Research Support Funds and allocated these funds to the following category:

  1. Management and administration of an institution’s research enterprise $38,726 (100%)
  • In 2017-18 grant funds assisted in providing the resources to the university for creating/adding a Research Officer position to the Office of Research Services.

Concordia University of Edmonton continues to use the Research Support Fund to assist its researchers and support the research infrastructure. Research Support Funds allowed CUE to redirect funds otherwise used to cover indirect research expenses to other institutional initiatives and needs.  The Research Support Fund has been of great benefit to CUE