Research Support Fund (RSF)

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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.

At Saint Paul University, the Research Support Fund is used to support activities such as the purchase of library holdings, assistance in preparing and managing grant proposals.

For 2024-2025, Saint Paul University (SPU) will receive $181,128 (an increase of $31 706 that reflects well on our performance) to be spent in one or more of five eligible categories.

The Research Support Fund (RSF) amount to be awarded to SPU will be spent as follows:

– $60,000 – Research Resources: library operations and administration costs (costs related to Library staff salaries).

$121,128 – management and administration of the institution’s research enterprise: human resources and salaries (salaries and benefits for employees who support research in the Office of Research).


The amount of Saint Paul University‘s grant will be 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.

These investments will help 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.


November 30, 2021

Hiring of a Senior Research Advisor whose mission is to provide ongoing support to faculty members in their research, up to and including the formulation of their research grant applications, whether to SSHRC, CIHR or any other agency.