Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Research Support Fund Program

The Research Support Fund (RSF) assists Canadian universities with the expenses associated with managing the research funded by the three federal research granting agencies, SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR. The RSF reinforces the federal government's research investment by helping institutions ensure that their funded research projects are conducted in world-class facilities with the best equipment and administrative support available.

Direct costs — equipment, research assistant salaries and research travel, for example — are borne by funding agencies, but to establish successful research programs, there are many indirect costs, including maintenance to labs and equipment, access to up-to-date knowledge and information, research management and administrative support, and knowledge transfer from academia to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

To maintain transparency, and to demonstrate the importance of the RSF program to our researchers, students, community members and elected officials, this report is prepared and made public annually.

The federal government requests that institutions report the use of funds in five areas of priority:

Research facilities: The RSF grant is used to employ a technician to upgrade and maintain research equipment and other devices located in TRU's research labs (including an NMR, mass spectrometer, and a gene sequencer) that enable faculty and students to undertake world-class research. Funds from the grant were used to assist in the renovation of a microbiology lab.

Research resources: The RSF grant creates additional capacity within the TRU Library, ensuring it provides effective research services for faculty and students.

Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise: The fund provides researchers with grant-writing assistance, research accounting services, research communication support, the Annual Report on Research, and the software used by faculty to manage their grants.

Regulatory requirements and accreditation: The RSF grant commits resources to the Research Ethics Board, the Animal Care Committee and the Biosafety Committee; in turn, the RSF provides resources that cover the costs associated with membership in regulatory bodies (for example the Canadian Council on Animal Care) necessary to maintain research in these areas and to provide veterinary services for the university. The RSF enables TRU’s research compliance coordinator and other staff to provide training and support to our animal care, human ethics, and biohazards committees. 

Intellectual property and knowledge mobilization: The RSF supports the university-industry liaison and enterprise creation office, the role of which is to develop industrial partnerships, administer agreements, including contracts and memorandums of understanding, with industry and the private sector. 

In the 2018-19 fiscal year, TRU projects an allocation of $454,548, which will be distributed based on the five expenditure categories:

  • Research facilities — 23%
  • Research resources — 25%
  • Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise — 30%
  • Regulatory requirements and accreditation — 15%
  • Intellectual property and knowledge mobilization — 7%

Research Support Fund 2018-19