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 2020-2021 Government of Canada Research Support Fund Grant

In 2020-21, NAIT was awarded a grant of $61,309  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 specifically aided in offsetting the indirect salary costs for NAIT’s Lead of Grants and Proposals, whose role is crucial in the team-based review of research initiatives and proposals under development, advising Research Leads and associates with regard to funding opportunities, providing guidance and feedback for grant writing and application activities, and allowed for improvement to Stage-Gate administrative processes.