Research Support Fund

Indirect Costs of Research

Direct costs of research are the costs directly associated with the completion of a specific research project. These costs might include the costs of materials and supplies, the cost to hire research personnel, and the costs to pay for research and dissemination related travel.

Indirect costs of research are the costs incurred by a university in supporting, managing, and housing research activity. These costs are:

  • The costs of maintaining the buildings, labs, and facilities in which the research takes place (such as maintenance, heating and cooling costs, power, cleaning)
  • Housing, maintenance, and mangement of research equipment
  • Support and Services such as library, information technology, finance, and human resources
  • Legal costs associated with developing and negotiating research agreements and partnerships
  • Research administration and support provided by the Research + Industry Office, including legal support for contracts and agreements, research finance, research ethics support, grant development support, etc.

Many of the indirect costs of research are incurred whether or not any research funding application is successful. In order to recover these costs, Emily Carr University of Art + Design charges a rate of 20% of the direct costs of research on all research contracts and projects. The only exception to this rate are funds from any of the Tri-Council funding agencies (which are recovered through the Research Support Fund) and funds through applications to agencies that specify a verified alternate rate.

What is the Research Support Fund?

The Research Support Fund is a Federal program instituted in 2003 (previously called the Indirect Cost Program) that assists Canadian postsecondary institutions and their affiliated research hospitals and institutes with the expenses associated with managing the research funded by the three federal research granting agencies:

Research Support Fund 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; and
  • transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

What does the Research Support Fund support at Emily Carr University?

Research Support Funds are allocated every year based on the amount of research funding received through the tri-council. In 2021-22, Emily Carr received $205,014 which will be used to offset the cost of research administration that include tasks such as:

  • research expense processing and compliance;
  • financial reporting both internally and externally;
  • general pre- and post- award administrative support for grantees.

Please see this document for a summary of the last five year RSF allocation to Emily Carr University of Art + Design: Allocation_last_five_years.pdf

The Research Support Funds have been instrumental in growing research at Emily Carr. Our ability to support Faculty in applying and managing their grant funds has increased the number of Faculty involved in research. More information on research at Emily Carr can be found at