ouglas College receives funding from the Government of Canada’s Research Support Fund program to support the ongoing costs associated with the management and administration of the Research and Innovation Office. The College currently supports several ongoing NSERC and SSHRC projects that require management by the Research and Innovation Office, Finance and the Douglas College Library. The Research Support Fund offsets some of the costs associated with managing these grants and also supports the continuing evolution and deployment of research strategies throughout the College by assisting with research infrastructure–both through the office and through ongoing capital costs.
The Research Support Fund assists Canadian postsecondary institutions and their affiliated research hospitals and institutes with the expenses associated with managing the research funded by the three federal research granting agencies:
- the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR);
- the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC); and
- the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Every year, the federal government invests in research excellence in the areas of health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities through its three granting agencies. The Research Support Fund reinforces this research investment by helping institutions ensure that their federally funded research projects are conducted in world-class facilities with the best equipment and administrative support available.
Eligible institutions receive an annual grant through the fund to help pay for a portion of the central and departmental administrative costs related to federally funded research.
The program (formerly known as the Indirect Costs Program) was introduced in 2003 as part of the federal government’s strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development. It currently has a budget of $342 million and serves 126 postsecondary institutions across the country.
Examples of costs supported by the program are:
- salaries for staff or students who provide administrative support for researchers and their projects;
- training costs for workplace health and safety;
- costs related to the maintenance of libraries and laboratories; and
- administrative costs associated with getting a patent for an invention.
The following is an overview of how Douglas College allocates the Research Support Fund:
In support of Douglas College research facilities, the Research Support Fund offsets some of the expenses associated with
- capital acquisitions and maintenance in the Research and Innovation Office
- capital acquisitions and maintenance in The Institute for Urban Ecology
- capital acquisitions and maintenance in The Digital Cultures Lab
- capital acquisitions and maintenance in the Douglas College Library as they pertain the supporting research activities
In support of Douglas College research resources, the Research Support Fund offsets some of the expenses associated with
- the purchase and maintenance of research-related software licences
In support of Douglas College management and administration of its research enterprise, the Research Support Fund offsets some of the expenses associated with
- the salaries (both administrative and secretarial) of the Research and Innovation Office
- attending research administration-related conferences for professional development
- travel costs associated with research promotion and international collaborations
In support of Douglas College regulatory requirements and accreditation, the Research Support Fund offsets some of the expenses associated with
- the costs associated with the Douglas College Research Ethics Board, where applicable
- training of faculty and other research personnel in health and safety, animal care, ethics review, handling radiation and biohazards, and environmental assessments
In support of Douglas College intellectual property and knowledge mobilization, the Research Support Fund offsets some of the expenses associated with
- the maintenance and creation of policies governing research (i.e., intellectual property agreements, non-disclosure agreements)