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 May 2022, 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:
- Research Data Management workshop, May 13, 2021
- Feedback welcome: Researcher needs assessment survey launched, May 13, 2021
- Point person: A Q&A with graduate studies librarian Dr. Natalia Barykina, May 20, 2021
- ‘Real impact’: From theory to real world: Almost $280,000 to strengthen Memorial’s innovation ecosystem, May 26, 2021
- SciVal training for research administrators, May 27, 2021
- ‘Energizing’ process: Planning underway for first innovation strategy at Memorial, June 15, 2021
- Innovation Strategy town hall, June 18, 2021
- Incorporating Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) into NSERC Discovery Grant Applications, Aug. 9, 2021
- Updated EDI resources for research grant applications, Aug. 13, 2021
- ‘Unwavering commitment’: Nunatsiavut-born lawyer named associate VP (Indigenous research), Sept. 8, 2021
- Matchmakers: Program provides MBA students, startups with ‘invaluable’ experience, Sept. 21, 2021
- Incredible uptake: Emerging ocean innovators and entrepreneurs latest cohort of national program, Sept. 23, 2021
- Cell Press - Online Author Workshop, Nov. 2, 2021
- Research Week 2021: Reconciliation and Relationships in Research, Nov. 12, 2021
- ‘Ideal solution’: Empowering innovators to develop business skills, solve industry challenges, Feb. 17, 2022
Performance indicators and target outcomes (for current fiscal year)
Overview of allocation of grant funds at Memorial
The Incremental Project Grants (IPG) funding opportunity is a new stream of the Research Support Fund (RSF), in addition to the RSF grant, that provides further support for the indirect costs of research.
The IPG will provide eligible institutions with additional support for projects that focus on a set of priorities that cut across the RSF’s five existing categories of eligible expenses. The initial four IPG priority areas are:
- innovation and commercialization activities;
- facilities renewal, including deferred maintenance;
- information resources, including digital resources, open access and databases; and
- equity, diversity and faculty renewal (in the context of equity, diversity and inclusion).
The objective of the IPG stream aligns with the RSF’s objective to reinforce the federal research investment by helping Canadian postsecondary institutions ensure their federally funded research projects are conducted in world-class facilities with the best equipment and administrative support available. More information about IPG is available online.