Research Support Fund

In 2003, the Government of Canada established the Indirect Costs Program (ICP) as a permanent program.  This program provides Canadian universities and colleges with an annual grant to help pay for a portion of their hidden or “indirect” costs of research – administrative expenditures that support research but are not chargeable to specific research projects.  In 2015 the program was renamed the Research Support Fund (RSF).  Please visit the Research Support Fund website for additional information on the program.

Indirect costs include a broad range of activities such as the maintenance of research facilities, the purchase of library holdings, support for technology transfer of research, assistance in preparing grant proposals, and technical support to meet regulatory requirements.

Indirect Costs and the University of Ottawa

The amount of the University of Ottawa’s grant is based on the amount of funding received by researchers from the three federal granting agencies - CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC - in the three most recent years for which data is available. In 2016-17 the University received $13,875,309 from the RSF. The grant is allocated to cover a proportion of all indirect costs within the university.  A portion is retained centrally, and it is further distributed to faculties and affiliated hospitals/research institutions (see below). The University uses these funds in five areas (see graphic and table), as defined by the program.

These investments helped to:

  • Attract and retain researchers and provide them with the resources and infrastructure they need to succeed
  • Support the development of the future generation of researchers
  • Attract additional funding to support the University’s research environment

 

University of Ottawa Affiliated Hospitals/Research Institutions

  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation
  • Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
  • Institute of Mental Health Research
  • Bruyère Research Institute
  • Institut du Savoir Montfort

Indirect Costs 2016-2017

Graphique des coûts indirects pour 2016-2017, voir tableau pour les données.

 

Breakdown of spending in 2016-2017
Areas of funding Spending Pourcentage
Research facilities $4,504,721 31%
Research resources $2,188,830 17%
Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise $5,329,367 38%
Regulatory requirements and accreditation $1,253,110 10%
Intellectual property $599,281 4%
Institutional Performance Objectives
Institutional Performance Objective
Expenditure Categories Performance Objectives Indicators Outputs Outcomes
Research Facilities Maintain ability to support research facilities Total research space in Net Assignable Square Meters (NASM)1 Portion of RSF invested in research facilities NASM devoted to research in current FY is equal to or more than NASM in baseline FY (2014/15)
Research Resources Maintain ability to provide research resources Number of journal subscriptions (traditional and electronic formats) held by the institution Portion of RSF invested in research resources Number of journal subscriptions in current FY is equal to (or not less than 10% less than) the number of journal subscriptions in baseline FY
Management and Administration of Research Enterprise Maintain institutions’ ability to support existing research activity Number of active research files in FY 2015/16 Portion of RSF invested in management and administration Number of active research files in current FY 2015/16 is equal to or more than the number of active files in baseline FY
Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation Human Ethics
Maintain institutions’ ability to support human ethics compliance activities
Number of active Ethics certificates Portion of RSF invested in regulatory requirements and accreditation Number of active human ethics certificates in current FY is equal to or more than the number of active human ethics certificates in baseline FY
Animal Care
Assist researchers and review animal use protocols within 5 weeks, and provide improved training
Annual protocol review statistics and improved training materials Continued improvements to protocol management and training systems Confirmation that animal use protocols are being reviewed within 5 weeks and that completed, targeted training materials are available
Intellectual Property Promote innovation, industry interaction and entrepreneurship – Sustenance of technology transfer office Number of inventions disclosures Portion of RSF invested in intellectual property activities Number of inventions disclosed in current FY same as baseline FY

1 The amount of area (in NASM*) used for research purposes. *1 square meter = 10.76 square feet

 

Research space includes all spaces functionally usable for research such as lab space (e.g. animal facility, wet lab, clean room, dry lab, engineering facility, greenhouse, server rooms), lab-office space, office-type space used for research, office and work space of research support staff. It excludes custodial, circulation and mechanical area.

Institutional Performance Indicators Report

In 2016-2017, funds from the Research Support Fund supplemented by the institutions’ internal operational budgets supported and maintained the research enterprise as demonstrated in the table below.

Summary of Institutional Performance Indicators Report
Institutional Performance Indicators 2014 2016
Research Facilities
Total research space in Net Assignable Square Meters (NASM)1
106,244 108,618
Research Resources
Number of journal subscriptions (electronic formats) held by the institution
104,000 122,175
Management and Administration of Research Enterprise
Number of active research files
8,803 9,661
Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation
Number of active human ethics certificates
Animal Care protocols and training materials 2
6,379
-
7,441
-
Intellectual Property
Number of invention disclosures
56 86

1 The amount of area (in NASM*) used for research purposes in square meters. *1 square meter = 10.76 square feet

2 The Animal Care Committee (ACC) evaluates and approves 400 protocols with the help of the Director of Animal Ethics and the training and communications coordinator. The standard protocols are evaluated and approved or renewed within a 5 week period unless they are incomplete or if the volume of protocols is particularly high. Material and training procedures continue to be improved and adapted to the different clients.

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