Research Support Fund
The Government of Canada's Research Support Fund (RSF) assists Canadian post-secondary institutions with the costs associated with managing their research enterprise, helping them to maintain a world-class research environment.
The Government of Canada’s Research Support Fund (which has replaced the Federal Indirect Cost Program) assists Canadian post-secondary institutions with the costs associated with managing their research enterprise, helping them to maintain a world-class research environment. 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
- Transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors
Every year, the federal government invests in research excellence in the areas of health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities through its three granting agencies – Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
The Research Support Fund reinforces this research investment by helping institutions ensure that their federally funded research projects are conducted in world-class facilities with the best equipment and administrative support available. They do this by providing support for indirect costs associated with the research projects that may not be covered through other funding.
Conestoga College is an eligible recipient for support through the Research Support Fund. This funding is allocated to cover the indirect costs of research projects.
Such costs include:
- Human Resources, including hiring, mentoring, and professional development
- Finance, Accounting and Purchasing for project control and reporting
- Applied Research project support, including Research Ethics Board administration
- Facilities Management including maintenance, security, capital planning, insurance and utilities
- IT support for research projects, including infrastructure and support
Learn more about the Research Support Fund.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program is managed by NSERC in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
The objective of the CCI Program is to increase innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It supports applied research and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, as well as technology transfer, adaptation and adoption of new technologies.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Composed of 13 Institutes, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) provide leadership and support to health researchers and trainees across Canada. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation to improve health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports post-secondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences.
Canada Foundation for Innovation
The infrastructure funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) includes state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories, databases, specimens, scientific collections, computer hardware and software, communications linkages and buildings necessary to conduct leading-edge research.
CFI's College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF) is intended to support substantial research infrastructure projects that will augment the existing applied research and technology development capacity of colleges, and allow them to respond to important sector industry needs.
Ontario Centres of Excellence
The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drive the development of Ontario's economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses. In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province's publicly funded colleges, universities and research hospitals.