Research Support Fund
All research conducted at Memorial incurs indirect costs. These costs include administrative expenditures that are necessary to support research, but that are not always attributable to specific projects.
Indirect costs, also sometimes called overhead, are real charges incurred and borne by the institution that are necessary for the conduct of scholarly research. They can include:
- use, maintenance and upgrading of building space, utilities and libraries;
- technical support of labs, offices and other facilities;
- management and administration of research, procurement and finance, regulatory requirements and research compliance (i.e. research ethics, biohazards certification, animal care etc.);
- hazardous waste disposal;
- occupational safety, campus security; and
- liability insurance.
The Research Support Fund assists Canadian post-secondary institutions with the costs associated with managing their research enterprise, helping them to maintain a world-class research environment. Grants can be used to:
- maintain modern labs and equipment;
- provide access to up-to-date knowledge resources;
- provide research management and administrative support;
- meet regulatory and ethical standards; or
- transfer knowledge from academia to private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
The Research Support Fund program replaced the Indirect Costs Program (ICP), at the start of the 2015-16 fiscal year. The ICP was introduced by the Government of Canada in 2003 to assist Canadian universities and colleges with an annual grant to pay for a portion of their indirect costs of research.
The Research Support Fund provides assistance in the following five expenditure categories:
- Research facilities;
- Research resources;
- Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise;
- Regulatory requirements and accreditation; and
- Intellectual property.
The Research Support Fund is offered through the Government of Canada. More information is available online.
The amount of Memorial’s Research Support Fund allocation is calculated based on the amount of funding awarded in the previous fiscal year by federal granting agencies. Memorial allocates its annual grant based on a formula and distributes the funding to departments, facilities and affiliated organizations where the eligible costs are incurred.
List of affiliated institutions
- Eastern Regional Health Authority
List of sub-affiliated institutions
- Health Sciences Centre
- Janeway Child Health Centre/Children's Rehabilitation Centre
- Leonard A. Miller Centre
- St. Clare's Mercy Hospital
- Walter Templeman Health Care Centre (Bell Island)
- Waterford Hospital
Research Support Fund Communications Strategy
In May 2015, Memorial University prepared a Communications Strategy to support and acknowledge the funding provided through the Research Support Fund during the grant period.
The strategy, updated in June 2020, outlines the university's approach to bring awareness to the value and impact of the program within the research community and within the Canadian research environment. Our focus will be identifying, supporting and celebrating excellence in research at Memorial University, in particular, research supported through the Research Support Fund. Our marketing and communications will reflect the innovative nature of research and its impacts on the wider community.
At Memorial, the Research Support Fund has broadly supported a range of research activities such as the following:
- Online session ethics: creating an ethics application in the Researcher Portal (April 17, 2019)
- Diving into data: Microdata research centre celebrates fifth anniversary at Memorial (April 30, 2019)
- ‘Transformational step’: Federal program to bring greater diversity to university research (May 14, 2019)
- Creator-owned model: Revised IP policy will drive commercialization and entrepreneurialism (May 22, 2019)
- Solid foundation: More than $8 million in federal investment energizes discovery-based research (May 22, 2019)
- Online session funding: creating a research funding application in the Researcher Portal (July 24, 2019)
- Insight and talent: More than $2 million federal investment creating new knowledge at Memorial (July 25, 2019)
- Critical research: More than $5.5 million in federal funding to focus on enhancing oil spill response measures (September 10, 2019)
- Wikipedian-in-residence: Author Jenny Higgins tackles N.L. digital content in new role (Oct. 21, 2019)
- ‘Urgent insight’: More than $1.8 million investment for research focused on Alzheimer’s disease, brain repair and chronic pain (January 29, 2020)
- Feedback welcome: Consultation on policy on Research Impacting Indigenous Groups (Jan. 31, 2020)
- ‘Data are not neutral’: Global leader in Indigenous research visiting Memorial this month (Feb. 3, 2020)