The Research Support Fund helps Canadian post-secondary institutions pay for the indirect costs of research. By reducing the financial burden of hidden expenses such as lighting and heating, this program allows researchers to devote their energy to cutting-edge discoveries and excellence.
Whether it be the salaries of staff or students who provide administrative support, the cost of providing occupational health and safety training or administrative expenses related to patent applications, these hidden, or “indirect,” costs of research represent a significant challenge for Canadian institutions.
The Government of Canada introduced the Indirect Costs Program, now called Research Support Fund, in 2003 in order to assist post-secondary institutions with these real and necessary costs. This program, which is permanent, provides Canadian universities and colleges with an annual grant to help pay for a portion of their indirect research costs.
Regardless of whether the funds are used for the maintenance of libraries, laboratories or research networking spaces or for technical support for a website or library information systems, the aim of the program is the same: to ensure the ability of Canadian research institutions to operate at the leading edge.
Every year, the federal government invests in research projects 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.
Research Support Fund - Government of Canada 2016-2017
In 2016-2017, HEC Montréal received funding of $950,682 from the Government of Canada to help pay for a portion of its indirect research costs. This funding was allocated between the main expenditure areas appearing in the above figure.
For 2017-2018, HEC Montréal expects to receive $915,475
|Research facilities||The grant helps to maintain the quality of technical support for research laboratories and offices and offsets a portion of the actual expenditures related to their operating costs.|
The Research Support Fund grant supports the maintenance of research resources. For example, HEC Montréal boasts one of the world’s best bilingual business libraries. This library is known for its vast digital collection and resources.
The grant helps offset the cost of acquiring new subscriptions.
|Management and administration of the institution’s research enterprise||
A significant proportion of the grant is allocated to expenses related to the salaries of Research Office staff, notably for staff who provide administrative support for monitoring grants and helping our professor-researchers prepare grant applications.
Thanks to the Research Support Fund grant, the Research Office is able to pursue its mandate by offering researchers access to the best resources and services in research grant management. This funding is essential for maintaining our research activities and ensuring our capacity to recruit the necessary expertise to respond to the numerous requests we receive from our researchers.
|Regulatory requirements and accreditation||Research ethics is a constantly evolving field, and to make sure that our researchers comply with ethical requirements, HEC Montréal is committed to giving the Research Ethics Board (REB) the human, financial and material resources it needs to fulfil its mission of defining and implementing a policy that meets the requirements of Canada’s three granting agencies.|
The Research and Knowledge Transfer Office is responsible for the enforcement of policies relating to intellectual property.
The grant covers a portion of the cost of administrative support for administering partnership agreements, developing business opportunities and commercializing academic research.
HEC Montréal has experienced a global increase in its research activities over the past years. The funding offered by the Research Support Fund allows it to make the additional investments needed to improve research resources and adequately maintain the infrastructure that is essential to creating a high-quality research environment.
By contributing to the funding of laboratories, meeting spaces, information services and networks, innovation parks and other places for gathering and team work, the Research Support Fund enhances research coordination and collaboration at HEC Montréal.
A lack of funding for indirect research costs would greatly compromise the quality, the timely production of results and the benefits of research projects at HEC Montréal.