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.
At the University of Ottawa, the Research Support Fund is used to support activities such as the maintenance of research facilities, the purchase of library holdings, the promotion and sustenance of technology transfer services, assistance in preparing and managing 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 2021-22 the University received $14,149,748 from 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 Table 1), 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; and
- 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
|Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise||$5,656,704||40.0%|
|Regulatory requirements and accreditation||$1,364,862||9.6%|
Please note that the University also received $2,788,170 for the new supplement for incremental projects.
For 2020-2021, the University of Ottawa received $14,172,128 from RSF. The grant was allocated to cover a proportion of all indirect costs within the university. A portion was retained centrally, and it was further distributed to faculties and affiliated hospitals/research institutions. The University used these funds in five following areas, as defined by the program (see Table 2).
Table 2: 2020-2021 Projected Expenditure Categories Distribution
|Research facilities||$ 4,099,830||28.9%|
|Research resources||$ 2,561,871||18.1%|
|Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise||$ 5,454,396||38.5%|
|Regulatory requirements and accreditation||$ 1,328,107||9.4%|
|Intellectual property||$ 727,924||5.1%|
Please note that the University also received $2,172,406 for the new supplement for incremental projects.
For 2019-2020, the University of Ottawa received $14,095,015 from RSF. The grant was allocated to cover a proportion of all indirect costs within the university. A portion was retained centrally, and it was further distributed to faculties and affiliated hospitals/research institutions. The University used these funds in five areas, as defined by the program.
These investments helped to cover expenditures in the following categories:
- Research Facilities ($3,878,759; 27.5%);
- Research Resources ($2,490,069; 17.7%);
- Management and Administration ($5,634,823; 40.0%);
- Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation ($1,359,582; 9.6%); and
- Intellectual Property ($731,781; 5.2%).
Please note that the University also received $1,781,149 for the new supplement for incremental projects.
Institutional Performance Indicators Report
In 2019-2020, 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.
|Institutional Performance Indicators||2014||2019|
Total research space in Net Assignable Square Meters (NASM)1
Number of journal subscriptions (electronic formats) held by the institution
|Management and Administration of Research Enterprise
Number of active research files
|Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation
Number of active human ethics certificates
Animal Care protocols and training materials 2
Number of invention disclosures
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) reviews and approves approximately 500 protocols with the assistance of the Director of Animal Use Ethics, the Training and Communications Coordinator and the Animal Ethics Coordinator. Protocols are normally reviewed and approved within 8 weeks unless information is missing, or the volume of protocols is particularly high at certain times of the year. The year 2020 has brought some additional complications, with the Covid-19 pandemic but also with a major update of the Topaz software for animal use protocols. The few accumulated delays will be caught up by 2021. Training materials and processes continue to improve and are well adapted to the different clienteles.
*This year the Library implemented a new interface with a new method to count the number e-journals held at the University of Ottawa. Therefore, the number of active e-journals this year is incomparable to the 2014 baseline fiscal year. From now on, the number of e-journals subscriptions held at the institution will not be used as a performance indicator for Research resources.