Research Support Fund

The Government of Canada’s Research Support Fund (RSF) is a federal program designed to help Canadian post-secondary institutions manage the additional costs associated with administering federal research funding awarded by SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR.

These costs are essential activities that support an institution’s research, but which are not associated with any one research project. They can include:

  • research administration costs (salaries and benefits of those roles involved in managing research contracts, legislated reporting, research staff hiring, grant financial accounting, research training and support, legal and compliance reviews of research contracts, etc.)

  • research facilities (research libraries, labs, computers, telephones, internet, heat, water, electricity, etc.)

  • regulatory requirements and accreditation (costs associated with Research Ethics Board, facility upgrades to meet regulatory requirements, etc.)

  • research resources (research books, databases, and software)

  • intellectual property and technology transfer costs (commercialization supports, dissemination of research discovered, development of partnership agreements, etc.)

Each year, post-secondary institutions apply to the RSF. The total amount they are eligible for is a percentage of the three-year average of the tri-agency funding the institution has received. At present, NorQuest has no affiliated organizations.

Learn more about the Government of Canada’s Research Support Fund.

NorQuest College RSF funding

  • In 2020-21, NorQuest College expended its RSF grant, worth $18,559, on research administrative costs.
  • In 2021-22, NorQuest College expended its RSF grant, worth $26,764.00, on research management and administrative costs.