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The Research Support Fund (formerly known as the Indirect Costs of Research 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. The Fund helps Canadian postsecondary institutions with expenses associated with managing research funded by the three federal funding agencies: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). It reinforces the federal government research investment by helping institutions ensure that their federally funded research projects are conducted in high quality facilities with the best equipment and administrative support available. The Fund currently has a budget of $342 million and serves 126 postsecondary institutions across the country.

Each year the Mount receives a grant through the Research Support Fund to help pay for a portion of the central and departmental administrative costs related to federally funded research. For 2016- 2017, based on a formula calculated on the percentage of federal research funding awarded, the Mount was allocated $384,708. These funds were used as follows:

  • Research Resources: $150,000
    This funding is used for library acquisitions to support our students and faculty in conducting  their research.
  • Management and Administration: $215,708

    There are significant staffing resources that go into the management and administration of research projects. Following are examples of some of the areas and offices involved:

    The Mount's Research Office led by the Associate Vice-President, Research, handles oversight and development of research initiatives including application for grants, communication of the research objectives and outcomes for the Mount and research ethics;


    Financial Services, which handles procurement of equipment, materials and supplies for research, grant accounting and report submission, payroll services and payment of research expenditures;

    Human Resources, which handles any search processes and hiring of employees for grant initiatives.

  • Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation: $3,000

    Research Support Funding is used to support a portion of the expenditures related to the process of Research Ethics approval and oversight such as Committee expenditures and supplies.

  • Intellectual Property: $16,000

    The Mount shares the cost of a position for an Industrial Liaison Officer with several other universities.

For 2017-2018, the Mount proposes to use its allocated funds of $352,171 as follows:

  • Research Resources: $140,000
  • Management and Administration: $193,171
  • Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation: $3,000
  • Intellectual Property: $16,000
    proposed rsf distribution

For more information on the Research Support Fund, please click here.