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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:


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

  • Research and innovation hubs at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam Campuses
  • 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 licences for:

  • NVivo
  • CanSim Database
  • Science & Technology Journals
  • Elsevier Clinical Skills
  • Lexicomp clinical databases and clinical decision support tools
  • 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 (Fiscal Year 2019-20)

Eligible program expenditure category

Output (investment or expense
of RSF grant funds)

Performance objective

Performance indicator

Target outcome

Reported Outcome

Research Facilities

$18,000 invested in upgraded Research and Innovation external and internal websites


19,000 invested in research facilities, including creation of a new highly visible and accessible Research and Innovation Office (RIO)

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

Improve faculty and student access to information about research opportunities at the College


Improve visibility and accessibility of Research and Innovation Office

Marketing and communication strategy finalized 

Refreshed website fully integrated with the College main site page

Refreshed information page and resources (DC Connect) for faculty researchers


Research 'stories' established on 10 week rotation with Marketing and Communications

Number of people aware of the Research and Innovation Office

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

Baseline for number of page views established 

5-6 stories about faculty and student research per year


Establish baseline of awareness of Research and Innovation Office

Increase Research and Innovation Office's in-person and virtual traffic 

Institutions's new website platform ready for implementation


12 faculty stories completed (Including Fall & Winter Research Cafes)


Redesigned Research and Innovation site on College Intranet


Rewritten application and assessment forms and terms of reference for internal grants


Research and Innovation Office moved and upgraded and visibility and accessibility increased



Research Resources

$131,000 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

Established strategies for determining faculty needs regarding publication and database access



Baseline established in fall 2019 faculty survey of usage by faculty of Library resources, databases and data analysis software


Database and resource purchases revised based on frequency of use and faculty demand

Management and Administration.

$245,000 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


Number of  research affiliations with other organizations



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)


Increase in research affiliations with external organizations

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


2 Research Cafes and 1 research conference hosted, with approximately 20-30 at the research cafes and 50 at the conference in attendance (compared to 0 events in 2018-2019 fiscal year)


17 research partnerships established with external organizations (up from 14 in 2018-2019 fiscal year) as per faculty survey


5 external grants received (up from 2 in 2018-2019 fiscal year)


41% increase in internal funding applications from 2018-19 fiscal year

Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation

$33,000 invested in upgrade of Animal Health Lab


$1400 for Animal Care Committee personnel


$45,000 invested in Animal Health Lab simulator


$27,300 for REB personnel

Raise animal health lab to accreditation standards


Identify equipment to enhance research opportunities in Animal Health Lab.


Improve workflow of REB

Animal Health Lab meets accreditation standards


Installation of upgraded equipment in lab


REB workflow is improved

Accreditation standard achieved


At least one enhancement of research equipment in Animal Health Lab


REB application approval process time shortened to one month or less

Replacement of the counter tops and exam tables in the Animal Health Lab


Animal Health Lab meets CCAC, CVMA and CVBC accreditation standards


Syndaver simulator installed in Animal Health Lab

Partial progress towards meeting CCAC accreditation standard (to decrease requirement for live animals)


REB review process takes on average 2 to 4 weeks

Intellectual property and Knowledge Mobilization

$23,000 invested in salaries of supporting personnel, including: 
Contracts Manager
Institutional Repository Librarian
Librarian to provide workshops
Two student research assistants to assist with Institutional Repository



Improve the process of creating contracts and agreements with outside partners


Increase the presence of faculty research on the Douglas Institutional Repository (DOOR)


Increase awareness of research being done at Institution

Increase number of research agreements with outside organizations


Increase number of faculty profiles, conference presentations and publications on DOOR


Degree of outside awareness of research being done at Institution


Reputation of Institution

5% increase in number of research agreements with outside organizations


Faculty presence on DOOR increased by 50% 


Increased awareness of research at Institution


Increased reputation as Institution with faculty and students engaged in research

42% increase in number of research agreements (from 7 to 10) in fiscal year 2019-20


Faculty publications on DOOR increased by 51% and conference presentations by 26%


Government of Canada