Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)
Office of the Vice-Principal (Research)

Research Support Fund

About

The Research Support Fund (RSF) is a Government of Canada funding program to assist Canadian post-secondary institutions in offsetting the indirect costs of research associated with Tri-Agency awards (i.e., NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR) – managing the research enterprise and helping to maintain a world-class research environment (Research Support Fund website).

"Direct" costs of research normally comprise all of the budgeted expenditures for carrying out a specific research project at the University or affiliated organizations. These direct costs can be directly assigned to research projects relatively easily with a high degree of accuracy.

"Indirect" costs are real dollars spent by the University and affiliated organizations to support research activities. Although it can be difficult to assign these costs to specific projects, they represent necessary provisions for the conduct of research including items such as utilities, building costs, research contract/applications support, human resources, research accounting, library costs and central computing costs.

Queen’s University distributes the RSF grant in two broad steps. The first is to allocate appropriate amounts to its Affiliates, which include Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Providence Care Centre, and the Canadian Microelectronics Corporation. The second step is to allocate the remainder to each of its Faculties in a manner that reflects their relative contribution to the total grant received. 

The funds provided are to assist with expenses in five major categories: Facility, Management & Administration, Resources, Regulatory Requirements, and Intellectual Property. RSF grants are allocated annually based on a 3-year rolling average of an institution's Tri-Agency revenue.

The RSF grant permits grant-holding institutions to partially meet the compliance expectations of the various funders (e.g., human ethics, animal care, biohazards, and controlled goods), as well as financial and audit requirements. The RSF grant reduces the amount Queen’s University must draw from critical operating funds, which are required to continue to offer high-quality teaching and research environments.

For an example of the how the Research Support Fund makes an impact at Queen's, please visit the 2017 article below. 

    2016-2017 RSF Outcomes

    Breakdown of Distribution Across Queen’s and Affiliates 

    Queen's University

    $8,426,980

     

    Affiliated Hospitals

    $370,120

    $8,797,101

    Other Affiliates*

     

    $1,322,886

    Total RSF

     

    $10,119,987

    Affiliated Hospitals: Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu, Providence Care, Ongwanada

    Other Affiliates*: Canadian Microelectronics Corporation

    2016-2017 RSF Outcomes Report
    The table below lists performance indicators and target outcomes for these activities for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017, in comparison to the previous Fiscal Year.

    Eligible expenditure category

    Institutional performance objective

    Indicator

    Output

    Outcomes reported at year end 2016-2017 *

    Outcomes reported at year end 2015-2016 *

    Research facilities

    Support and enhance world-class laboratory-based research and increase research intensity and national position.

    Laboratories refurbished and/or maintained to meet the needs of new research development

     

    Portion of Research Support Fund grant invested refurbishing and/or maintaining laboratories

    37,500 square metres of laboratory space maintained and
    1,336 square metres were refurbished

    37,500 square metres of laboratory space maintained and
    912 square metres were refurbished

    Research resources

    Support the student research experience and training; and support research prominence of faculty members and post-doctoral fellows

    Library resources available to the research community at Queen’s

    Portion of Research Support Fund used to support  the library research holdings and to maintain subscriptions to electronic journals and databases critical to faculty and student research

    The library purchased and/or supported:

    2,896,178 total titles

     

    781,527 ebooks

    102,607 ejournals

    Facilitating the following transactions critical to
    faculty and student
    research:

    120,385 circulations of print materials

    2,620,137 downloads of ejournal articles

    15,319 responses to
    research enquiries

    The library purchased and/or supported:

    2,883,109 total titles

    3,327,933 total volumes

    775,039 ebooks

    79,174 ejournals

    Facilitating the following transactions critical to
    faculty and student
    research:

    98,283 circulations of print materials

    2,587,638 downloads of ejournal articles

     

    Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise

    Provide faculty support services to enhance faculty and staff productivity, research and retention

    Research administration services provided by the Vice-Principal (Research) and Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) service units, e.g., University Research Services, and Research Accounting

    Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the research administration service units within the Vice-Principal Research and Vice-Principal Finance and Administration portfolios

    998 new research grant proposals were submitted,

    794 new research accounts opened,

    42 full-time staff supporting
    research administration services (excluding human and animal ethics, IP, contract negotiation)                      

    Compliance with Tri-Agency financial policies and guidelines

    1,111 new research grant proposals were submitted,

    746 new research accounts opened,

    41 full-time staff supporting
    research administration services (excluding human and animal ethics, IP, contract negotiation), updated after review

    Compliance with Tri-Agency financial policies and guidelines

    Regulatory requirements and accreditation

    Provide faculty support services to enhance faculty and staff productivity, research and retention

    Review and approval services provided by the Research Ethics Boards (REBs) and the University Animal Care Committee (UACC)

    Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the REBs (General and Health Sciences) and the functions of the UACC

    2,160 HSREB ethics
    protocols approved and/or renewed,

    1,094 GREB ethics
    protocols approved and/or renewed,

    131 animal use protocols
    approved and/or
    renewed                       
     

    8 full-time staff supporting the Ethics Boards and UACC

    Compliance with CCAC Guidelines and Tri-Agency policies

    2,081 HSREB ethics
    protocols approved and/or renewed,

    1,065 GREB ethics protocols approved and/or renewed,

    127 animal use protocols
    approved and/or
    renewed (revised after review)

    8 full-time staff supporting the Ethics Boards and UACC

    Compliance
    with CCAC Guidelines and Tri-Agency policies

    Intellectual property

    Provide support to facilitate impact of research outcomes through innovation, collaborations with industry, and knowledge translation.

    Contract review services provided by Industry Partnerships, which supports researchers’ ability to advance their discoveries to the public and market

    Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the protection of intellectual property, which may lead to commercialization opportunities

    743 contracts to support research were executed,

    46 invention disclosures were processed,

    7 license / option agreements finalized,

    29 new patent applications were filed

    13 full-tiime staff

    657 contracts to support research were executed,

    51 invention disclosures were processed,

    10 license / option agreements finalized,

    15 new patent applications were filed

    13 full-tiime staff

    *Note: These outcome values represent the total investments made by the University in the five categories. The RSF funds provide approximately 17% of the cost of these investments, while the remainder is borne by the University.

    2017-2018 Institutional Objectives
    The table below lists the performance indicators and target outcomes for these activities for the Fiscal Year 2017-18.

    Eligible expenditure category

    Institutional performance objective

    Indicator

    Output

    Outcomes reported at year end

    Research facilities

    Support and enhance world-class laboratory-based research and increase research intensity and national position.

    Laboratories refurbished and/or maintained to meet the needs of new research development

     

    Portion of Research Support Fund grant invested refurbishing and/or maintaining laboratories

    Square metres of laboratory space maintained and/or refurbished

    Research resources

    Support the student research experience and training; and support research prominence of faculty members and post-doctoral fellows

    Library resources available to the research community at Queen’s

    Portion of Research Support Fund used to support  the library research holdings and to maintain subscriptions to electronic journals and databases critical to faculty and student research

    Number of library resources supported and/or purchased

    Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise

    Provide faculty support services to enhance faculty and staff productivity, research and retention

    Research administration services provided by the Vice-Principal (Research) and Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) service units, e.g., University Research Services, and Research Accounting

    Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the research administration service units within the Vice-Principal Research and Vice-Principal Finance and Administration portfolios

    Number of:

    - research proposals submitted

    - research accounts opened and monitored

    - full-time staff supporting research administration services

    - electronic research administration and ERP systems implemented and/or sustained

    Compliance with Tri-Agency financial policies and guidelines

    Regulatory requirements and accreditation

    Provide faculty support services to enhance faculty and staff productivity, research and retention

    Review and approval services provided by the Research Ethics Boards (REBs) and the University Animal Care Committee (UACC)

    Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the REBs (General and Health Sciences) and the functions of the UACC

    Number of:

    - human ethics protocol approved and renewed by the REBs

    - animal use protocols approved and renewed by the UACC

    - full-time employees supporting the REBs and UACC

    Compliance with CCAC Guidelines and Tri-Agency policies

    Intellectual property

    Provide support to facilitate impact of research outcomes through innovation, collaborations with industry, and knowledge translation.

    Contract review services provided by Industry Partnerships, which supports researchers’ ability to advance their discoveries to the public and market

    Portion of Research Support Fund used to support the protection of intellectual property, which may lead to commercialization opportunities

    Number of:

    - research contracts executed

    - Invention disclosures

    - License/Option agreements

    - Patents Filed/Issued