Research Support Fund

About the Program

The cost of research includes both direct and indirect costs.  Indirect costs include maintaining the research space and libraries; cost of utilities for that space; management and administration of research, finances, regulatory requirements and compliance; and liability insurance amongst other costs.  It is difficult to assign these indirect costs to specific projects since the costs are shared across projects.

The Research Support Fund (RSF) (formerly the Federal Indirect Cost Program) is a Government of Canada funding program to assist Canadian post-secondary institutions in offsetting some of the indirect costs involved in administering Tri-Agency awards.  The funds provided are to assist with expenses in five major categories:  Facility, Management & Administration, Resources, Regulatory Requirements and Intellectual Property.  RSF grants are allocated annually based on a 3-year rolling average of an institution’s Tri-Agency revenue.

For more information:

RSF at USask

Under the oversight of the Provost’s Committee on Integrated Planning (PCIP), the U of S grant is managed by the Office of the Vice-President Research (OVPR).  

At the U of S, the funding from this program is used to cover expenditures in all five categories.  As recommended by the OVPR and approved by PCIP, each year’s RSF allocation is directed to three areas within the UofS:  Canadian Light Source, Operating Budget Support and Research Support.

  • Canadian Light Source (CLS): All of the RSF grant that is directly attributable to CLS Tri-Agency awards is transferred to the CLS to cover the indirect costs related to the operations of this national research facility.
  • Operating Budget Support: This category receives 50% of the remaining RSF grant, which is used to provide funding to the operating budget for infrastructure that supports research such as facilities (utilities and rent), library acquisitions and information technology resources, regulatory requirements (ethics, waste disposal), as well as financial and program management.
  • Research Support: This category receives the other 50% of the remaining RSF grant, which is used to fund research support initiatives in areas such as:  college-specific activities through the College Priority Fund; support for Research Centres through an allocation to the Strategic Research Fund, internal assistance programs that support and promote individual and collaborative research proposals, as well as financial and program management.
RSF Outcomes

Each federal fiscal year that the RSF is received, the U of S prepares an Outcomes Report. This report provides financial information as well as impact statements on research at the U of S. The Outcomes Reports from past years are available below:

RSF Expenditures

Expenditures under the Research Support Program (RSF) 2014-15

Facilities
$772,771
Resources
$1,538,599
Management and Administration
$4,824,847
Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation
$1,298,393
Intellectual Property  
$200,000
TOTAL
$8,899,331

RSF Expenditures Highlights

Facilities

Funds allocated within the Facilities category allowed coverage of a variety of expenses such as technical support salaries, repairs to existing equipment, insurance for research spaces, leased space for research administration, and cost of utilities for research spaces.

Resources

Monies allotted within Resources ensured the continuation of available library resources, including a searchable database and e-documents. As well, these funds contributed to various salaries and maintaining services provided by the IT department to support research, annual memberships and costs associated with participation in multi-university, national & international research collaborations.

Management and Administration

This allocation assists primarily in funding salaries in support of research enterprise in numerous units such as: Audit Services, Financial Reporting, Office of Vice-President Research, Canadian Light Source, various centres that support research, and a number of colleges and schools.

Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation

Funds allotted in this category assist in providing technical support, upgrades within Regulatory Requirements, and training in Regulatory Requirements including salaries support within Human Research Ethics, Animal Research Ethics, Animal Resource Centre, CLS and Medicine. Indirect Costs funds ensures that ethical, compliance & safety requirements are met before funding is released to researchers which is highly reassuring to funding agencies.

Intellectual Property

Indirect Costs made available in this category provide researchers access to a dedicated office providing support & expertise in ensuring all aspects of intellectual property are effectively managed such as research commercialization and patenting. Within this dedicated office, the following expenses are covered with these funds: invention/patent administration, Technology Licensing, Industry Partner Administration, and Incubators and Spinoff Company setups.

RSF Performance Objectives

Eligible expenditure category

Institutional performance objective

Indicator

Target Outcome

Research facilities

To provide satisfactory research facilities

Survey of researchers

Satisfactory research facilities

Research resources

To provide satisfactory research resources

Survey of researchers

Satisfactory research resources

Management and administration of an institution’s research enterprise

To provide satisfactory management and administration of the research enterprise

Survey of researchers

Satisfactory management and administration of the research enterprise

Regulatory requirements and accreditation

To provide satisfactory support toward meeting regulatory requirements

Survey of researchers

Satisfactory support toward  meeting regulatory requirements

Intellectual property and knowledge mobilization

To provide satisfactory support around intellectual property and knowledge mobilization

Survey of researchers

Satisfactory support around intellectual property and knowledge mobilization

RSF - Affiliated Institutions

The following affiliated institutions are included by the RSF to determine the amount of Tri-Agency funding associated with the university and the corresponding RSF funding.

Affiliated health agencies/(hospitals)

Regina Qu-Appelle Health Region
Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
Saskatoon Health Region

Other affiliated institutions

Canadian Light Source
Prairie Swine Centre Inc.
Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation
Briercrest College and Seminary
College of Emmanuel and St. Chad
Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research
Horizon College and Seminary
Lutheran Theological Seminary
St. Andrew’s College (SK)
St. Peter’s College (SK)
St. Thomas More College