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.

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. 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.

Research Support Fund Performance Objectives, 2020-2021

Eligible program expenditure category Output(investment or expense of RSF grant funds) Performance objective Performance indicator Target outcome
Research Facilities Projected percentage of RSF grant invested in supporting operation of research facilities: 5% Supporting operation and maintenance of research equipment by partially covering the compensation of technical staff Time spent on operating and maintaining research equipment Dependable research equipment for productive research activities
Research Resources Projected percentage of RSF grant invested in supporting operation of research resources: 52% Ensure maintenance of library services and access to Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) Total number of views /downloads accessing digital content in the library Maintain access to research librarian and CRKN digital content network in the library
Management & Administration of Research Enterprise Projected percentage of RSF grant invested in management and administration of research enterprise: 31% Continue providing competent research facilitation and management support (proposal writing, grant management, research personnel hiring, finance), to faculty and students applying to and holding Tri-Agency grants and awards

Maintenance of electronic grants management system (Romeo)
Number of applications submitted, success rates and amounts awarded for major Tri-Agency grants and awards

Number of active account
Effectively supported operations of research administration and management leading to growth of research

Effective management of grants and awards
Regulatory Requirements & Accreditation Projected percentage of RSF grant invested in supporting regulatory requirements and accreditation: 8% Maintain compliance with regulatory requirements

Train faculty and students in maintaining regulatory requirements
Maintaining good standing with Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines

Number of training sessions and /or number trained
100% compliance with Tri-Agency (TCPS2) and CCAC

Trained faculty and students
Intellectual Property (IP) Projected percentage of RSF grant invested in supporting IP development and management: 4% Maintain support for faculty, students and community for innovation and entrepreneurship Industry and community partnerships, agreements and licenses To maintain/ increase the number of industry and community partnerships, agreements and licenses

In the 2020-21 fiscal year, TRU projects an allocation of $603,943 which will be distributed based on the five expenditure categories:

  • Research facilities — 5%
  • Research resources — 52%
  • Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise — 31%
  • Regulatory requirements and accreditation — 8%
  • Intellectual property and knowledge mobilization — 4%
RSF 2020-2021
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