The Research Support Fund
The Research Support Fund helps Canadian post-secondary institutions with the hidden costs of research. By alleviating the financial burden of expenses, such as lighting and heating, the program ultimately helps researchers concentrate on cutting-edge discoveries and scholarship excellence. After all, it is easier to achieve a eureka moment when the lights are on.
Whether they are salaries for staff or students who provide research administration support, training costs for workplace health and safety, or the administrative costs associated with getting a patent for an invention, the hidden or indirect costs of research pose a financial challenge to Canadian institutions.
With this understanding of the real and unavoidable costs of research in mind, the Government of Canada introduced the Research Support Fund (formerly known as the Indirect Costs Program) in 2003 as part of the federal government’s strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development. This permanent program provides Canadian universities and colleges with an annual grant to help pay for a portion of their indirect costs of research. It currently has a budget of $369 million and serves 125 post secondary institutions across the country.
Whether the grant pays for the maintenance of libraries, laboratories or research networking spaces, or for the technical support required for an institution's website or library computer system, the overall goal of the Research Support Fund is to help ensure Canada's research institutions remain top-notch.
The King's University is pleased to receive funds through the Research Support Fund to help defray the indirect costs of research at our institution. These funds make an important contribution to our research efforts. Click on the links below to see how these funds were used in 2017-18 and how we plan to use them in 2018-19.