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

2021-2022

Table 1: 2021-2022 Projected Expenditure Categories Distribution

Expenditure Categories

Projected Budget

Projected Distribution
Research facilities $3,893,821 27.5%
Research resources $2,499,738 17.7%
Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise $5,656,704 40.0%
Regulatory requirements and accreditation $1,364,862 9.6%
Intellectual property $734,623 5.2%
Total $14,149,748 100%

Please note that the University also received $2,788,170 for the new supplement for incremental projects.

2020-2021

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 Expenditure Categories Distribution

Expenditure Categories

Budget Actuals

Distribution
Research facilities $ 3,863,896 27.3%
Research resources $ 2,457,783 17.3%
Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise $ 5,806,538 41.0%
Regulatory requirements and accreditation $ 1,248,951 8.8%
Intellectual property $ 794,960 5.6%
Total $ 14,172,128 100%

Please note that the University also received $2,172,406 for the new supplement for incremental projects.

Previous years

2019-2020

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.

2018-2019

For 2018-2019, the University of Ottawa received $13,806,881 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 ($3,994,168; 28.9%);
  • Research Resources ($2,495,846; 18.1%);
  • Management and Administration ($5,313,825; 38.5%);
  • Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation ($1,293,878; 9.4%); and
  • Intellectual Property ($709,164; 5.1%).

Please note that the University also received $1,298,976 for the new supplement for incremental projects (Incremental Project Grant).

2017-2018

For 2017-2018, the University of Ottawa received $13,810,308 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 ($4,559,546; 33.0%);
  • Research Resources ($2,425,013; 17.5%);
  • Management and Administration ($4,953,713; 35.9%);
  • Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation ($1,224,780; 8.9%); and
  • Intellectual Property ($647,256; 4.7%).
2016-2017

For 2016-2017, the University of Ottawa received $13,875,309 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 ($4,504,721; 32.5%);
  • Research Resources ($2,188,830; 15.8%);
  • Management and Administration ($5,329,367; 38.4%);
  • Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation ($1,253,110; 9.0%); and
  • Intellectual Property ($599,281; 4.3%).
2015-2016

For 2015-2016, the University of Ottawa received $12,648,659 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 ($3,987,445; 31.5%);
  • Research Resources ($2,104,182; 16.6%);
  • Management and Administration ($4,826,141; 38.2%);
  • Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation ($1,238,039; 9.8%); and
  • Intellectual Property ($492,852; 3.9%).
Institutional Performance Indicators Report

Institutional performance objectives: The University of Ottawa aims to support and maintain the research enterprise as demonstrated in the table below by supplementing funds from the Research Support Fund with the institutions’ internal operational budgets.

For the forthcoming year (2021-2022), the University of Ottawa’s target is to minimize the negative impacts of stagnant funding from the RSF program and to maintain current level of research activities.

Institutional Performance Indicators 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Research Facilities
Total research space in Net Assignable Square Meters (NASM)1
109,119 108,618 111,348 117,302 122,962 123,650
Research Resources
Number of journal subscriptions (electronic formats) held by the institution
111,573 122,175 125,793 * * *
Management and Administration of Research Enterprise
Number of active research files
9,329 9,661 10,387 10,458 10,556 10,581
Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation
Number of active human ethics certificates
7,202 7,441 7,350 6,887 6,792 6,623
Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation
Animal Care protocols and training materials2
- - - - - -
Intellectual Property
Number of invention disclosures 3
69 86 87 67 84 48

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 reviews and approves just over 500 protocols regarding animal use with the assistance of the Director of Animal Ethics & Compliance, the Training and Communications Coordinator, the Animal Ethics Coordinator, and with the assistance of a Research Coordinator for a few months in 2021. Protocols are normally reviewed and approved within 8 weeks unless some information is missing or when the volume of protocols is particularly high. The years 2020-2021 have brought some additional complications with the Covid-19 pandemic and also with a major upgrade of the Topaz software for animal use protocols. The backlogs are being addressed to bring the work up to date by early 2022. Training materials and processes continue to be improved and are well suited to the various clienteles.

3 As the university closed in March 2020, there were projects that were put on hold and therefore caused delays in disclosures. The lack of face-to-face meetings with researchers during Covid due to social distancing measures has reduced the number of disclosure conversations as well.

*The Library implemented a new interface with a new method to count the number of e-journals held at the University of Ottawa in 2018-2019. Therefore, the number of active e-journals since 2018-2019 is incomparable to the previous years. The number of e-journals subscriptions held at the institution will not be used as a performance indicator for Research resources.

 

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