Research Support Fund

The Research Support Fund (RSF) offsets the indirect costs of research.

These indirect costs are expenses incurred in general support of grants, and are not directly attributable to the specific goals of any grant. For example, the management and administration of grants through the Research and Industry Office is considered an indirect cost. The maintenance and management of specialized research facilities is also considered an indirect cost because it is necessary for the performance of research but is not directly funded by research grants.

What is the Research Support Fund?

The Research Support Fund is a Federal program instituted in 2003 (previously called the Indirect Cost Program) that assists Canadian postsecondary institutions and their affiliated research hospitals and institutes with the expenses associated with managing the research funded by the three federal research granting agencies:

Research Support Fund grants can be used to:

  • maintain modern labs and equipment; 
  • provide access to up-to-date knowledge resources; 
  • provide research management and administrative support; 
  • meet regulatory and ethical standards; and 
  • transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. 

What does the Research Support Fund support at Emily Carr University?

Research Support Funds are allocated every year based on the amount of research funding received through the tri-council. In 2017-18, Emily Carr received $223,941 which will be used to offset the cost of research administration that include tasks such as:

  • research expense processing and compliance;
  • financial reporting both internally and externally; 
  • general pre- and post- award administrative support for grantees.


The Research Support Funds have been instrumental in growing research at Emily Carr. Our ability to support Faculty in applying and managing their grant funds has increased the number of Faculty involved in research. More information on research at Emily Carr can be found at