Research Support Fund

About

The Research Support Fund (RSF) is a Government of Canada funding program to assist Canadian post-secondary institutions in offsetting the indirect costs of research associated with Tri-Agency awards (i.e., NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR) – managing the research enterprise and helping to maintain a world-class research environment (Research Support Fund website).

"Direct" costs of research normally comprise all of the budgeted expenditures for carrying out a specific research project at the University or affiliated organizations. These direct costs can be directly assigned to research projects relatively easily with a high degree of accuracy.

"Indirect" costs are real dollars spent by the University and affiliated organizations to support research activities. Although it can be difficult to assign these costs to specific projects, they represent necessary provisions for the conduct of research including items such as utilities, building costs, research contract/applications support, human resources, research accounting, library costs and central computing costs.

Introduced in 2018-19, the Incremental Project Grants (IPG) provides further support for the indirect costs of research. Eligible universities are those receiving more than $7M in direct tri-agency research funding. The IPG provides universities with additional support for projects that focus on the following priority areas:

  • innovation and commercialization activities
  • facilities renewal, including deferred maintenance
  • information resources, including digital resources, open access and databases
  • equity, diversity and faculty renewal (in the context of equity, diversity, and inclusion)

Queen’s University distributes the RSF grant in two broad steps. The first is to allocate appropriate amounts to its Affiliates, which include Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Providence Care Centre, and the Canadian Microelectronics Corporation. The second step is to allocate the remainder to each of its Faculties in a manner that reflects their relative contribution to the total grant received. For the IPG  component, the university identifies a number of projects in the priority areas and allocates funding accordingly. In most cases, additional funds are provided from internal sources or partner programs.

The funds provided are to assist with expenses in five major categories: Facility, Management & Administration, Resources, Regulatory Requirements, and Intellectual Property. RSF grants are allocated annually based on a 3-year rolling average of an institution's Tri-Agency revenue.

The RSF grant permits grant-holding institutions to partially meet the compliance expectations of the various funders (e.g., human ethics, animal care, biohazards, and controlled goods), as well as financial and audit requirements. The RSF grant reduces the amount Queen’s University must draw from critical operating funds, which are required to continue to offer high-quality teaching and research environments.

For an example of the how the Research Support Fund makes an impact at Queen's, please visit the articles below.

The table below lists the performance indicators and target outcomes for these activities for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021.

Eligible expenditure category

Institutional performance objective

Indicator

Output

Outcomes reported at year end

Research facilities

Support and enhance world-class laboratory-based research and increase research intensity and national position.

Laboratories refurbished and/or maintained to meet the needs of new research development

 

Portion of Research Support Fund grant invested refurbishing and/or maintaining laboratories

Square metres of laboratory space maintained and/or refurbished

Research resources

Support the student research experience and training; and support research prominence of faculty members and post-doctoral fellows

Library resources available to the research community at Queen’s

Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the library research holdings and to maintain subscriptions to electronic journals and databases critical to faculty and student research

Number of library resources supported and/or purchased

Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise

Provide faculty support services to enhance faculty and staff productivity, research and retention

Research administration services provided by the Vice-Principal (Research) and Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) service units, e.g., University Research Services, and Research Accounting

Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the research administration service units within the Vice-Principal Research and Vice-Principal Finance and Administration portfolios

Number of:

- research proposals submitted

- research accounts opened and monitored

- full-time staff supporting research administration services

- electronic research administration and ERP systems implemented and/or sustained

Compliance with Tri-Agency financial policies and guidelines

Regulatory requirements and accreditation

Provide faculty support services to enhance faculty and staff productivity, research and retention

Review and approval services provided by the Research Ethics Boards (REBs) and the University Animal Care Committee (UACC)

Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the REBs (General and Health Sciences) and the functions of the UACC

Number of:

- human ethics protocol approved and renewed by the REBs

- animal use protocols approved and renewed by the UACC

- full-time employees supporting the REBs and UACC

Compliance with CCAC Guidelines and Tri-Agency policies

Intellectual property

Provide support to facilitate impact of research outcomes through innovation, collaborations with industry, and knowledge translation.

Contract review services provided by Industry Partnerships, which supports researchers’ ability to advance their discoveries to the public and market

Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the protection of intellectual property, which may lead to commercialization opportunities

Number of:

- research contracts executed

- Invention disclosures

- License/Option agreements

- Patents Filed/Issued

2019-2020 RSF Outcomes

Federal Indirect Costs Program 2019-20 Queen's University (excluding affiliates*)

 

 

Breakdown of Distribution Across Queen’s and Affiliates

Queen's University

$8,671,796

 

Affiliated Hospitals

$373,148 $9,044,944

Other Affiliates*

  $1,057,959

Total RSF & IPG

 

$10,102,903

Affiliated Hospitals: Kingston Health Sciences Centre (formerly Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital) and Providence Care

Other Affiliate*: Canadian Microelectronics Corporation

The table below lists performance indicators and target outcomes for these activities for the Fiscal Year 2019-2020, in comparison to the previous Fiscal Years.

Eligible expenditure category

Institutional performance objective

Indicator

Output

Outcomes reported at year-end
2019-20 *
Outcomes reported at year-end 
2018-2019 *
Outcomes reported at year-end 
2017-2018 *
Outcomes reported at year-end 
2016-2017 *

Research facilities

Support and enhance world-class laboratory-based research and increase research intensity and national position.

Laboratories refurbished and/or maintained to meet the needs of new research development

 

Portion of Research Support Fund grant invested refurbishing and/or maintaining laboratories

40,882 square metres of laboratory space maintained and 2,077 square metres were refurbished

37,500 square metres of laboratory space maintained and 2,300 square metres were refurbished

37,500 square metres of laboratory space maintained and 1,949 square metres were refurbished

37,500 square metres of laboratory space maintained and
1,336 square metres were refurbished

Research resources

Support the student research experience and training; and support research prominence of faculty members and post-doctoral fellows

Library resources available to the research community at Queen’s

Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the library research holdings and to maintain subscriptions to electronic journals and databases critical to faculty and student research

The library purchased and/or supported:

3,216,742 total titles

1,025,906 ebooks

129,308 ejournals

Facilitating the following transactions critical to faculty and student research:

86,462 circulations of print materials

2,451,751 downloads of ejournal articles

11,652 responses to research enquiries

The library purchased and/or supported:

3,038,764 total titles

976,866 ebooks

141,309 ejournals

Facilitating the following transactions critical to faculty and student research:

98,283 circulations of print materials

2,657,700 downloads of ejournal articles

16,136 responses to research enquiries

The library purchased and/or supported:

2,958,498 total titles

880,913 ebooks

119,922 ejournals

Facilitating the following transactions critical to faculty and student research:

99,826 circulations of print materials

2,752,700 downloads of ejournal articles

14,395 responses to research enquiries

The library purchased and/or supported:

2,896,178 total titles

 

781,527 ebooks

102,607 ejournals

Facilitating the following transactions critical to
faculty and student
research:

120,385 circulations of print materials

2,620,137 downloads of ejournal articles

15,319 responses to
research enquiries

Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise

Provide faculty support services to enhance faculty and staff productivity, research and retention

Research administration services provided by the Vice-Principal (Research) and Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) service units, e.g., University Research Services, and Research Accounting

Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the research administration service units within the Vice-Principal Research and Vice-Principal Finance and Administration portfolios

1152 new research grant proposals were submitted,

924 new research accounts opened,

33 full-time staff supporting research administration services (excluding human and animal ethics, IP, contract negotiation)

Compliance with Tri-Agency financial policies and guidelines

1023 new research grant proposals were submitted,

825 new research accounts opened,

45 full-time staff supporting research administration services (excluding human and animal ethics, IP, contract negotiation)

Compliance with Tri-Agency financial policies and guidelines

1114 new research grant proposals were submitted,

781 new research accounts opened,

46 full-time staff supporting research administration services (excluding human and animal ethics, IP, contract negotiation)

Compliance with Tri-Agency financial policies and guidelines

998 new research grant proposals were submitted,

794 new research accounts opened,

42 full-time staff supporting
research administration services (excluding human and animal ethics, IP, contract negotiation)

Compliance with Tri-Agency financial policies and guidelines

Regulatory requirements and accreditation

Provide faculty support services to enhance faculty and staff productivity, research and retention

Review and approval services provided by the Research Ethics Boards (REBs) and the University Animal Care Committee (UACC)

Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the REBs (General and Health Sciences) and the functions of the UACC

1,985 HSREB ethics protocols approved and/or renewed

1,215 GREB ethics protocols approved and/or renewed

135 animal use protocols approved and/or renewed

9 full-time staff supporting the Ethics Boards and UACC

Compliance with CCAC Guidelines and Tri-Agency policies

2,193 HSREB ethics protocols approved and/or renewed

1,169 GREB ethics protocols approved and/or renewed

158 animal use protocols approved and/or renewed

8 full-time staff supporting the Ethics Boards and UACC

Compliance with CCAC Guidelines and Tri-Agency policies

2,231 HSREB ethics protocols approved and/or renewed

1,118 GREB ethics protocols approved and/or renewed

141 animal use protocols approved and/or renewed

8 full-time staff supporting the Ethics Boards and UACC

Compliance with CCAC Guidelines and Tri-Agency policies

2,160 HSREB ethics
protocols approved and/or renewed,

1,094 GREB ethics
protocols approved and/or renewed,

131 animal use protocols
approved and/or
renewed

8 full-time staff supporting the Ethics Boards and UACC

Compliance with CCAC Guidelines and Tri-Agency policies

Intellectual property

Provide support to facilitate impact of research outcomes through innovation, collaborations with industry, and knowledge translation.

Contract review services provided by Industry Partnerships, which supports researchers’ ability to advance their discoveries to the public and market

Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the protection of intellectual property, which may lead to commercialization opportunities

883 contracts to support research were executed,

40 invention disclosures were processed,

3 license / option agreements finalized,

41 new patent applications were filed

21 patents were issued

21 full-time staff

943 contracts to support research were executed,

38 invention disclosures were processed,

5 license / option agreements finalized,

16 new patent applications were filed

13 full-time staff

840 contracts to support research were executed,

59 invention disclosures were processed,

7 license / option agreements finalized,

26 new patent applications were filed

13 full-time staff

743 contracts to support research were executed,

46 invention disclosures were processed,

7 license / option agreements finalized,

29 new patent applications were filed

13 full-time staff

*Note: These outcome values represent the total investments made by the University in the five categories. The RSF funds provide approximately 17% of the cost of these investments, while the remainder is borne by the University.