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 is defined as the central, faculty, departmental and/or institute cost that MRU incurs to support research but that is not attributable to specific research projects. Some examples of the costs supported by the RSF program are:
- 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; and
- administrative costs associated with getting a patent for an invention.
Mount Royal University applies annually to receive a grant through the RSF program to help pay for a portion of the administrative costs related to federally funded research. The amount of the grant is based on the average Tri-agency funding received by Mount Royal University in the previous three years. Mount Royal University received $82,297 in Research Support Funds in 2013-2014, $108,463 in 2014-2015, $161,183 in 2015-2016, $216,648 in 2016-2017 and $223,112 in 2017-2018.
Mount Royal University's 2018-2019 Research Support Fund Report
In 2018-2019, Mount Royal University received $212,426 in Research Support Funds and allocated these funds to the following categories:
- Research Facilities: $3,292
- Research Resources: $24,234
- Management and Administration: $178,749
- Regulatory Requirement and Accreditation: $6,151