The Government of Canada's Research Support Fund (RSF) assists Canadian post-secondary institutions and affiliated research hospitals/institutes with indirect costs associated with federally funded research, helps them in achieving research excellence and maintaining world-class research environments.
RSF are administered by the Tri-Councils (Canadian Institutes of Health Research - CIHR, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council - NSERC, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - SSHRC).
These indirect costs of research are essential research support activities/expenses not directly traceable to specific research program/project such as:
The University of Manitoba defines indirect costs of research as “Central and departmental costs incurred by the university to support research which are not attributable to specific research projects. These costs may be related to research facilities, research proposal development, information systems to track grant applications, payroll costs for research administration and promotion, management and administration, regulatory requirements and accreditation, and intellectual property.”
The University of Manitoba (UofM) must apply annually for the Federal RSF. The amount awarded is based on averaged Tri-Agency funding received by UofM (and its affiliated research hospitals and institutes) in the previous three years.
Organizations are considered an affiliate if federally funded research conducted there contributes to the applicant institution's research excellence and/or the applicant institution incurs indirect costs for federally funded research conducted at the affiliate institution.
The University of Manitoba received $9.1 million in RSF funds for 2018/2019, and $9.0 million for 2019/2020. Since 2001, the federal government has invested almost $150 million to help support indirect costs of research at the University of Manitoba.
2020 – 2021 Research Support Fund Distribution
The University of Manitoba received $8,591,435 in Federal RSF support.
The following chart provides an overview of how the funds are allocated under each of the five expenditure categories (including the affiliated institutions):
The University of Manitoba and the network of affiliated institutions have a mutual interest in achieving excellence in research activities.
This integration establishes the basic principles and objectives of an affiliation regarding the administration, regulation and accountability of research carried out by various groups of individuals with University appointments, and by others associated with the University, including students.
A comprehensive list of affiliated institutions includes:
|Performance Indicators|| Target
at Year End
|Research Facilities||Strengthen researcher retention and quality of research by upgrading and maintaining research facilities and equipment
Ongoing technical support for laboratories, offices and other facilities.
|Specific lab renovations to attract potential research funding
Annual research equipment maintenance and service contracts
|Modern and dependable research facilities & equipment.
Efficient and productive research activities.
Attraction of potential research funding
|Completed lab and research space renovations.
Continuation of technical support for laboratories, research offices and facilities.
Upgraded research equipment
|Research Resources||Improve and manage research data information & analysis by upgrading databases and access to electronic resources
|% change of data usage and downloads for research purposes
Purchase of electronic resources, databases, online access to journals and upgrades to cables and wireless technologies
|Enhance research with up-to-date data management systems and information||Annual data usage, page views and users.
Upgraded IT projects in research areas.
|Management and Administration||Provide research administrative support for processing new grants and contracts
Monitor expenses and review processes to ensure research compliances are meeting external agency guidelines
|• # grants
• # contracts
• # industry partners
|Maintain success rates in research grants, contracts and industry partners||Data pertaining to the number of grants & contracts awarded.
Continuation of research administration support.
|Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation||
Comply with regulatory requirements
• Upgrade and maintain research facilities
|Improved compliance with regulatory requirements as measured by laboratory inspections, incident investigations and regulator’s audits.
# of certificates issued to trained faculty and research personnel
|Research facilities & equipment meet regulatory requirements
Trained faculty and research personnel
Fewer incident investigations
|Data pertaining to new protocols and renewals.
Maintain compliance with CCAC.
|Intellectual Property||Sustain the Technology Transfer Office
Increase the institution’s research base by identifying collaborative research opportunities
|• # Patents filed
• % change in Disclosures
• % change in Licenses
• % change in Startups
• $ in Royalty Revenue
|Value-added growth of new research partnerships
Continued support to researchers in their commercial endeavors and industry linkages
| Data pertaining to disclosures, patents, licenses, royalty revenue and start-ups.
Status of new initiatives.
Federal Research Support Fund website:
For additional information:
Senior Budget Officer
Office of the Vice-President
(Research and International)