At the University of Ottawa, the Research Support Fund is used to support activities such as the maintenance of research facilities, the purchase of library holdings, the promotion and sustenance of technology transfer services, assistance in preparing and managing grant proposals, and technical support to meet regulatory requirements.

Indirect Costs and the University of Ottawa

In 2003, the Government of Canada established the Indirect Costs Program (ICP) as a permanent program.  This program provides Canadian universities and colleges with an annual grant to help pay for a portion of their hidden or “indirect” costs of research administrative expenditures that support research but are not chargeable to specific research projects.  In 2015, the program was renamed the Research Support Fund (RSF).  Please visit the Research Support Fund website for additional information on the program.

The amount of the University of Ottawa’s grant is based on the amount of funding received by researchers from the three federal granting agencies - CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC - in the three most recent years for which data is available.

In 2023-24 the University received $14,158,767 from RSF. The grant is allocated to cover a proportion of all indirect costs within the university.  A portion is retained centrally, and it is further distributed to faculties and affiliated hospitals/research institutions (see below).  The University uses these funds in five areas (see Table 1), as defined by the program.

These investments helped to:

  • Attract and retain researchers and provide them with the resources and infrastructure they need to succeed;
  • Support the development of the future generation of researchers; and
  • Attract additional funding to support the University’s research environment.

University of Ottawa Affiliated Hospitals/Research Institutions

  • Bruyère Research Institute
  • Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
  • Institut du Savoir Montfort
  • Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research

See the comprehensive list of other affiliated organizations.

Institutional Performance Indicators Report

Institutional performance objectives: The University of Ottawa aims to support and maintain the research enterprise as demonstrated in the table below by supplementing funds from the Research Support Fund with the institutions’ internal operational budgets.

For the forthcoming year (2023-2024), the University of Ottawa’s target is to minimize the negative impacts of stagnant funding from the RSF program and to maintain current level of research activities.

2023-2024 Research Support Fund – Institutional Performance Objectives

Eligible Program Expenditure CategoryOutput (Investment or expense of RSF grant funds)Institutional Performance ObjectiveInstitutional Performance IndicatorsTarget OutcomesReported Outcome
Research FacilitiesProjected percentage of RSF grant invested in supporting operation of research facilities: 28.3%Maintain facilities that serve to attract researchersTotal research space in Net Assignable Square Meters (NASM)1To maintain the total research space in Net Assignable Square MetersUpcoming
Research ResourcesProjected percentage of RSF grant invested in supporting operation of research resources: 17.4%Continue support of digital and print library resourcesNumber of journal subscriptions (electronic formats) held by the institutionTo maintain the number of journal subscriptionsUpcoming
Management and Administration of Research EnterpriseProjected percentage of RSF grant invested in research administration tools, systems and processes: 39.9%Continue maintenance of research tools and systemsNumber of active research filesTo maintain the number of active research files in research administration systemsUpcoming
Regulatory Requirements and AccreditationProjected percentage of RSF grant invested in initiatives supporting regulatory requirements and accreditation: 9.3%Maintain support for ethics servicesNumber of active human ethics certificatesTo maintain the number of active human ethics certificates managed at universityUpcoming
Regulatory Requirements and AccreditationProjected percentage of RSF grant invested in initiatives supporting regulatory requirements and accreditation: 9.3%Provide essential support for animal care and trainingAnimal Care protocols and training materials2To maintain the current animal care protocols and training materialsUpcoming
Intellectual PropertyProjected percentage of RSF grant invested in supporting intellectual property development and management: 5.1%Maintain support to protect intellectual property generated at the universityNumber of invention disclosures3To maintain number of invention disclosuresUpcoming

1 The amount of area (in NASM) used for research purposes in square meters. 1 square meter = 10.76 square feet

The Animal Care Committee reviews and approves close to 550 animal use protocols (with various amendments and yearly renewals) with the assistance of the Director of Animal Ethics & Compliance, the Training and Communications Coordinator and two Animal Ethics Coordinator (one position created in 2019 and the second one in mid-2022). The goal is to complete protocol review within 8 weeks unless information is missing or is problematic, or when the volume of protocols is particularly high. The years 2020-2022 have brought additional complications with the Covid-19 pandemic and with a major upgrade of the Topaz software for animal use protocols. The protocol review backlogs have been largely addressed and are expected to be fully addressed by early 2023. Training materials and processes continue to be updated/improved and are well suited to the various types of animal use.

3 As the university closed in March 2020, there were projects that were put on hold and therefore caused delays in disclosures. The lack of face-to-face meetings with researchers during Covid due to social distancing measures has reduced the number of disclosure conversations as well.

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Be sure to contact your Faculty’s Research Advisors! They are a great resource and will help guide you in the administrative process of getting funding for your research. Check out your faculty’s homepage to find out more.