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 2022-23 the University received $14,309,806 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.
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation
  • Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
  • Institute of Mental Health Research
  • Bruyère Research Institute
  • Institut du Savoir Montfort

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 (2022-2023), 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.

2022-2023 Research Support Fund – Institutional Performance Objectives

Eligible Program Expenditure Category Output (Investment or expense of RSF grant funds) Institutional Performance Objective Institutional Performance Indicators Target Outcomes Outcomes Reported - 2018-19 Outcomes Reported - 2019-20 Outcomes Reported - 2020-21
Research Facilities Projected percentage of RSF grant invested in supporting operation of research facilities: 27.3% Maintain facilities that serve to attract researchers Total research space in Net Assignable Square Meters (NASM)1 To maintain the total research space in Net Assignable Square Meters 117,302 122,962 123,650
Research Resources Projected percentage of RSF grant invested in supporting operation of research resources: 17.3% Continue support of digital and print library resources Number of journal subscriptions (electronic formats) held by the institution To maintain the number of journal subscriptions * * *
Management and Administration of Research Enterprise Projected percentage of RSF grant invested in research administration tools, systems and processes: 41.0% Continue maintenance of research tools and systems Number of active research files To maintain the number of active research files in research administration systems 10,458 10,556 10,581
Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation Projected percentage of RSF grant invested in initiatives supporting regulatory requirements and accreditation: 8.8% Maintain support for ethics services Number of active human ethics certificates To maintain the number of active human ethics certificates managed at university 6,887 6,792 6,623
Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation Projected percentage of RSF grant invested in initiatives supporting regulatory requirements and accreditation: 8.8% Provide essential support for animal care and training Animal Care protocols and training materials2 To maintain the current animal care protocols and training materials - - -
Intellectual Property Projected percentage of RSF grant invested in supporting intellectual property development and management: 5.6% Maintain support to protect intellectual property generated at the university Number of invention disclosures3 To maintain number of invention disclosures 67 84 48

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 just over 500 protocols regarding animal use with the assistance of the Director of Animal Ethics & Compliance, the Training and Communications Coordinator, the Animal Ethics Coordinator, and with the assistance of a Research Coordinator for a few months in 2021. Protocols are normally reviewed and approved within 8 weeks unless some information is missing or when the volume of protocols is particularly high. The years 2020-2021 have brought some additional complications with the Covid-19 pandemic and also with a major upgrade of the Topaz software for animal use protocols. The backlogs are being addressed to bring the work up to date by early 2022. Training materials and processes continue to be improved and are well suited to the various clienteles.

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.

*The Library implemented a new interface with a new method to count the number of e-journals held at the University of Ottawa in 2018-2019. Therefore, the number of active e-journals since 2018-2019 is incomparable to the previous years. The number of e-journals subscriptions held at the institution will not be used as a performance indicator for Research resources.

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Research Management Services

Tabaret Hall
Room 159
550 Cumberland St
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1N 6N5

Tel: 613-562-5841 
Fax: 613-562-5338

General support: [email protected]

Contract Support: [email protected]

RMS directory

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.