The Government of Canada Research Support Fund

Douglas 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 research 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 $400 million and serves 150 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:

Research Funds Allocation


In support of Douglas College research facilities, the Research Support Fund offsets some of the expenses associated with capital acquisitions and maintenance of:

  • a research and innovation hub at the Coquitlam Campus
  • the Research and Innovation office website

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 licenses for:

  • NVivo
  • CanSim Database
  • MathSciNet
  • American Chemical Society
  • Up-to-date Software for Health Sciences

In support of Douglas College management and administration of its research enterprise, the Research Support Fund offsets some of the expenses associated with:

  • The Research and Innovation Office (RIO)
  • Douglas College Applied Research in Education (DARE)
  • HiPE Research Committee

In support of Douglas College regulatory requirements and accreditation, the Research Support Fund offsets some of the expenses associated with:

  • Douglas College Research Ethic Committee (DCREB)
  • Douglas College Animal Care Committee (DCACC)

In support of Douglas College intellectual property and knowledge mobilization, the Research Support Fund offsets some of the expenses associated with:

  • Contracts Office
  • the maintenance and creation of policies governing research (i.e., intellectual property agreements, non-disclosure agreements)

Institutional Performance Objectives

Eligible program expenditure category

Output (investment or expense of RSF grant funds)

Performance objective

Performance indicator

Target outcome

Data Source

Research Facilities

$80,000 invested in upgraded Research and Innovation website.

Increase in internal and external awareness of research being done at the College.

Marketing and communication strategy finalized.

Refreshed website fully integrated with the College main site page.

Moving Research and Innovation web pages to the Institution's new platform by March 31, 2020.

Establish baseline for number of page views.

Produce 3 stories per semester about faculty and student research.

Metrics on RIO/DC website

Research Resources

$80,000 invested in research databases, site licences and research software and hardware for the Library.

Improve access to research resources for faculty.

Improved utilization of research software and site licences.

Minimum 5 percent increase on baseline usage established in June 2019.



Faculty survey

Management and Administration.

$216,000 invested in research support personnel.

Increase faculty awareness of research opportunities.

Increase number of affiliated organizations.

Increase number of faculty who abide by SOP for external grant applications.

Increase number of external grant applications.

Increased engagement in research and research funding opportunities.

Increased number of affiliations.

Number of grant and award applications processed in fiscal year 2019-2020.

10 percent increase in number of participants in High Impact Practices in Education initiatives (# of research salons, # of workshops, # of conferences).

5 percent increase in research funding applications (internal and external).

Faculty survey

RIO tracking of internal grant applications (# applications and # funded)

RIO tracking of external grant applications (# applications and # funded)

Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation

$108,000 invested in salaries, training and animal health labs.

To bring animal health lab to accreditation standards.

To improve workflow of REB and ACC.

Animal Health Lab meets accreditation standards

REB workflow is improved.

Accreditation standard achieved.

REB application approval process time shortened to one month or less.

REB reporting to RIO

Intellectual property and Knowledge Mobilization

$54,000 invested in salaries of supporting personnel.

To improve the process of contracts and agreements with outside partners.

To increase the presence of faculty research on the Douglas Institutional Repository (DOOR).

Increase in number of research agreements with outside parties.

Increase in faculty presence on DOOR.

Establish baselines for number of research agreements.

Increased faculty presence on DOOR.

Faculty presence on DOOR

Faculty survey

Research agreements