Conduct Your Research

Indirect Costs of Research

Indirect Cost means the central, faculty, departmental and/or institute cost that Mount Royal incurs to support research but that is not attributable to specific research projects.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • The provision of institution facilities and space
  • Accounting
  • Payroll and personnel services
  • Janitorial services
  • The use of equipment

Mount Royal uses the criteria established by the federal Research Support Fund (formerly the Indirect Costs Program) as the baseline. This definition can only be overridden by specific contract language.

All external grant applications, research contracts, technical service agreements, flow through contracts, and agreements for clinical trials require the signature of the Associate Vice-President Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement in order to verify that indirect costs will be recovered in accordance with the Research Overhead and Indirect Costs Policy.


Research Contracts Minimum of 30% of total project costs
Research Grants Minimum of 15% of total project costs