Incremental Project Grant

In 2018, the federal government announced a new stream of the Research Support Fund, the Incremental Project Grants (IPG), to provide postsecondary institutions with additional funding to pay for the indirect costs of research. The total IPG budget is $231.3 million over five years and $58.8 million per year after that.

The IPG support four areas of activities:

  • innovation and commercialization;
  • facilities renewal, including deferred maintenance;
  • information resources, including digital resources, open access, and databases; and
  • equity, diversity and faculty renewal.

Please visit the Research Support Fund website for additional information on the IPG stream of the Research Support Fund.

At the University of Ottawa, the IPG is used to support activities such as: the renewal and maintenance of animal care facilities and core facilities; the implementation of knowledge mobilization and commercialization support activities for researchers and students; and the continued implementation of the Canada Research Chairs Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan.

2021-2022

For 2021-2022, the University of Ottawa received $2,788,170 from the Incremental Project Grants. This funding will be allocated to specific projects, and it will be distributed to cover expenses accordingly.  The University will use these funds in three program areas:

  • Improve facilities renewal such as animal care facilities, core laboratories, and core facilities;
  • Support commercialization and knowledge mobilization; and
  • Increase support to broader EDI-related initiatives for research

2021-2022 Projected Budget for IPG Projects

Project name Projected Budget Projected Distribution
Renewal of Animal Care Facilities $1,428,428 51.2%
Improve support for core facilities $500,000 17.9%
Commercialization and knowledge mobilization $375,290 13.5%
Health and Social Innovation Hubs $315,212 11.3%
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) $169,240 6.1%
Total $2,788,170 100%

 

Previous years

2020-2021

In 2020-2021 the University of Ottawa received $2,172,406 from the Incremental Project Grants. This funding was allocated to specific projects and was distributed to cover expenses accordingly.  The University used these funds in three program areas:

  • Improve facilities renewal such as animal care facilities, core laboratories, and core facilities;
  • Support commercialization and knowledge mobilization; and
  • Increase support to broader EDI-related initiatives for research

2020-2021 Projected Budget for IPG Projects

Project name Projected Budget Projected Distribution
Renewal of Animal Care Facilities $1,167,406 53.7%
Improve support for core facilities $500,000 23.0%
Commercialization and knowledge mobilization $295,000 13.6%
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) $210,000 9.7%
Total $2,172,406 100%

 

IPG Institutional Objective and Performance Table

IPG Priority Area Project title Budget Actuals Perfomance Objectives Peformance Indicators Reported Outcomes
Facilities renewal Renewal of Animal Care Facilities Upcoming Improve uOttawa animal care facilities
  • Major compliance issues are addressed
  • New equipment installation is completed
  • Standard maintenance is completed
Upcoming
Facilities renewal Improve support for core facilities Upcoming Support efficiency and effectiveness of individual core facilities to increase researchers’ access to high cost and specialized equipment.
  • Increased number of users of renewed individual core facilities compared to the previous year
  • Core facilities are able to successfully execute their operational plans.
  • Researchers have access to new specialized equipment and services through new core facilities.
Upcoming
Innovation and commercialization activities Commercialization and knowledge mobilization (KMb) Upcoming Supporting commercialization and knowledge mobilization
  • Increase the total number of annual co-op placements
  • Increase the total number of industry-university interactions (activities, collaborations and projects) with Kanata North companies.
  • Increase the total number of KMb support activities for uOttawa researchers and students
  • Increase the total number of KMb incentives for uOttawa researchers and students
  • Increase the total number of uOttawa interactions (activities, collaborations and projects) with external stakeholders
Upcoming
Equity, diversity and faculty renewal Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Upcoming Increase support to broader EDI-related initiatives for research, including some support to CRC Institutional EDI Action Plan.
  • Development of EDI Action Plan for research.
  • Activities of the uOttawa CRC Institutional EDI Action Plan will be completed and targets will be met.
Upcoming
2019-2020

For 2020-21 the University of Ottawa received $1,781,149 from the Incremental Project Grants. The grant was allocated to cover expenses for specific projects, and it was distributed accordingly.  The University used these funds in three areas of the program:

  • Improve facilities renewal such as animal care, core laboratories and core facilities;
  • Support commercialization and knowledge mobilization; and
  • Increase support to broader EDI-related initiatives for research

 

IPG Institutional Objective and Performance Report Table

IPG Priority Area Project title Budget Actuals Perfomance Objectives Peformance Indicators Reported Outcomes
Facilities renewal Renewal of Animal Care Facilities $1,229,234 Improve uOttawa animal care facilities
  • Project plan developed
  • Financing secured
  • Work commenced

In progress:

These projects have been re-scoped to better address all regulatory compliance concerns within existing infrastructure. This project will continue over the next two years.

Facilities renewal Improve support for core facilities $500,000 Support efficiency and effectiveness of individual core facilities to increase researchers’ access to high cost and specialized equipment.
  • Increased number of users of core facilities compared to previous year
  • Core facilities execute operational plans
  • Researchers have access to new specialized equipment and services through new core facilities

Achieved: 

An in-depth review and assessment of the University of Ottawa’s core facilities support program was initiated in spring 2018 and completed in fall 2018. Among its 15 recommendations, the top 3 priority actions enabled by IPG funding were:

  1. to develop a more inclusive definition of core facilities,
  2. to enhance support for the management of core operations, and
  3. to provide more tailored financial support proportionate to the scale of each core facility.
Innovation and commercialization activities Commercialization and knowledge mobilization (KMb) $47,732 Supporting commercialization and knowledge mobilization
  • Increase the total number of KMb support activities for uOttawa researchers and students
  • Increase the total number of KMb incentives for uOttawa researchers and students

In progress:

  • Hired 1 FTE Knowledge Mobilization Advisor
  • Offered new KMb support activities (training sessions, KMb webpage, KMb celebration
  • KMb integrated into the institution’s strategic documents
  • Developing a KMb institutional strategy
  • Inaugurated KMb incentives: the KMb Excellence Award and KMb grant for a total investment of $91,000
Equity, diversity and faculty renewal Equity, Diversity and Inclusion $4,184

Continue implementing the CRC Institutional EDI Action Plan 

Activities of the uOttawa CRC Institutional EDI Action Plan will be completed and targets will be met.

In progress:

In 2019-2020, uOttawa started recruitment of an EDI advisor to lead EDI in research activities, both for the CRC program and the broader uOttawa research community. Due to a scarcity of candidates, the first rounds of recruitment were unsuccessful and therefore were ongoing into 2020-2021.  Activities funded through the IPG in 2019/2020 included establishing a women’s research chairs mentoring group and EDI professional certificate training.

During this year, uOttawa progress on its CRC Action Plan was substantial. As of December 2019, the CRC program reported that uOttawa had surpassed its equity targets in the categories of women and visible minorities (with 23 women and 11 members of visible minorities, thus exceeding the projected goals of 18 and 8, respectively).  With respect to persons with disabilities and Indigenous peoples, in keeping with the Privacy Act, the University could not publicly disclose numbers for these areas, of which fewer than 5 held chairs.  Further, in early 2020, the CRC program gave a “Satisfies” rating to the uOttawa EDI Action Plan.
2018-2019

In 2018-2019, the University of Ottawa received $1,298,976 from the Incremental Project Grants. This funding  was allocated to specific projects and was distributed to cover expenses accordingly.  The University used these funds in one program area:

  • Improve facilities renewal such as animal care facilities, core laboratories and core facilities

 

IPG Institutional Objective and Performance Report Table

IPG Priority Area

Project Title

Budget Actuals

Performance Objectives

Reported Outcomes

Facilities renewal

Renewal of Animal Care Facilities

$998,618

  • To commence preliminary planning for the renewal of the facilities
  • To support operational efficiencies in order to provide lower per diem rates to researchers

In progress:

The projects have been rescoped to better address all regulatory compliance concerns within existing infrastructure. The project will continue over the next two years.

Facilities renewal

Renewal and maintenance of essential laboratory equipment

$300,358

  • Improve laboratory facility operations by replacing and/or repairing essential equipment scheduled for renewal, such as ultra and high-speed centrifuges, biological safety cabinets, and ultra-low freezers.
  • Funds will also be allocated to upgrade microscopes and imaging systems. 

Achieved: 

We significantly improved laboratory facility operations by replacing/upgrading several pieces of essential equipment that were scheduled for renewal/required updating: a chemidoc imaging system, a cryostat, 6 ultralow freezers, 4 high-speed/ultra-speed rotors, 2 biological safety cabinets and 2 cell culture incubator stacks.

Facilities renewal

Improve support for core facilities

$0

  • To support efficiency and effectiveness of individual core facilities; and
  • To increase researchers’ access to high cost and specialized equipment.

Delayed:

This project was delayed because the anticipated project ramp-up time was unrealistic and the funds were needed for the ACVS project, which was the priority.

Innovation and commercialization activities

Strengthen commercialization activities

$0

  • To strengthen commercialization activities by increasing the number of patent applications.

Delayed:

This project was delayed because funds were needed for the ACVS project, which was the priority.

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