Research Support Fund
The Government of Canada Research Support Fund helps Canadian post-secondary institutions with the expenses associated with managing research funded by the three federal research granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Research funding provided through the granting agencies is generally limited to direct project costs (e.g., research equipment, research assistant salaries, etc.).
Institutions that receive funding for research also incur indirect costs to manage their research enterprise. See indirect costs policy (pdf).
Research Support Funds are awarded annually and may be used to cover new expenditures to maintain the current level of services, or to support an institution's research environment and improve its management. 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; or
- transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors
Visit the Research Support Fund web page for more information on eligible expenses and how grants are disbursed
NAIT allocation of the 2017-2018 Government of Canada Research Support Fund Grant
In 2017-18, NAIT was awarded a grant of $51,650 from the Research Support Fund. As NAIT delivers on its promises to Alberta, industry, students and staff, the Research Support Fund grant has been directed to support research management and administration lessening the burden of research administration on the institution. The grant allowed for improvement to administrative processes and contributed to an increased collaborative culture around research administration.