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Definition of Indirect Costs

Research indirect costs represent ongoing necessary costs of supporting the research mission of the university that are not directly associated with the conduct of the research itself. They are usually related to services and research space that cannot be attributed to one particular project. The usually include but are not limited to:

  • Maintenance of research laboratories (heat, light, water, building maintenance, security, insurance, etc.) and equipment;
  • Research administration (review of research proposals, maintenance of information on funding sources and research funding, training, salaries for staff, etc.)
  • Grant administration costs (payroll for research personnel, accounting, preparation of financial reports, etc.);
  • Promotion of research activities;
  • Library and other research resources, including online databases;
  • Information technology services;
  • Meeting regulatory and ethical requirements;
  • Administrative services related to the management of intellectual property, technology transfer, and knowledge mobilization.

Concrete examples of expenses incurred

The Research Support Fund program supports the activities of the Research Office which are essential to increasing Bishop’s research capacity and to providing high-quality administrative support to a growing number of researchers.  Among its activities are:

  • Providing information to academic staff and students concerning funding opportunities;
  • Ensuring the proper management of research grants;
  • Providing assistance and guidance to faculty members in the preparation of grant applications to funding agencies;
  • Promoting research achievements on campus, in the media and on the Web;
  • Offering support to the Research Ethics Board, the Ethics Review Committee for Student Research, the Animal Care and Biosafety Committee, and the Senate Research Committee

The costs for its operations include staff salaries, professional development, supplies, software, etc.

The Bassett Memorial Library, in collaboration with researchers and the Director of Research Services, has developed the University Institutional Research Repository thanks to funds provided by the Research Support Fund. The Repository is a tool designed to showcase and archive the intellectual and creative output of the Bishop’s University community, including but not limited to: faculty research and publications, student theses, Education graduate student exit projects, conference presentations, event audio and video recordings, and teaching resources. Bishop’s researchers can now make available their publications freely available to the Canadian and international research community and to the public at large.

The research program of Dr. Jade Savage in Biology aims to document the systematics and biodiversity of muscoid Diptera (house flies and relatives) in different target habitats, using a variety of analytical and conceptual approach. Her collections are housed in a laboratory that is partly maintained through the Research Support Fund.

Description of the Research Support Fund program

The Research Support Fund of the Government of Canada assists Canadian postsecondary institutions with the costs associated with managing their research enterprise, helping them to maintain a world-class research environment. More specifically, the Research Support Fund supports the indirect costs related to research projects funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Research funding provided through these granting agencies is generally limited to direct project costs (e.g., research equipment, research assistant salaries, etc.).

Allocation of the Grant from the Research Support Fund