Research Support Fund

Research requires both direct and indirect investments. Operational maintenance of research infrastructure requires reinvestment on a significant scale. Examples of indirect costs include:

  • costs related to the management and administration of space and facilities
  • insurance
  • purchasing services
  • library services
  • as well as pre-award and post-award research administration services

For more information, see What are indirect costs?. Recognizing that research requires a significant investment at the institutional level, the Research Support Fund (RSF), was introduced in 2003 to assist Canadian postsecondary institutions with the expenses associated with managing the research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Networks of Centres of Excellence. Carleton University, and its affiliated institution the Dominican University College, receive an annual grant to help pay for a portion of the central and departmental administrative costs related to federally funded research. Carleton uses its grant to support a variety of initiatives across campus to maximize the investment of federal funding. For 2017-18, Carleton intends to spend its Research Support.