Research Support Fund

ÉTS offers teachers and students a variety of individual and collective measures and services to support their research.

Ancillary services incur expenses in supporting research activities. Among these services are:

  • Financial management;
  • IT support;
  • The Communications Service;
  • Laboratory maintenance and security;
  • Purchasing of equipment;
  • Support staff.

To help with these costs, the federal government provides an annual grant to Canadian universities and colleges.

The Research Support Fund, formerly called the Indirect Costs Program, allows ÉTS to recover part of the costs related to research. The amount awarded each year is based on the total research activities carried out by all institutional researchers through the three granting councils: NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR.

In 2018-2019, ÉTS received $3,019,277. This sum was allocated as follows:

  • 54.4%: Facilities;
  • 30.4%: Management and administration;
  • 8.4%: Research resources;
  • 5.9%: Intellectual property;
  • 0.9%: Regulatory requirements.

In 2019-2020, ÉTS expects to receive $3,043,367 from the Research Support Fund.

Impacts of the Research Support Fund Grants

Research activity at ÉTS has experienced continual growth for many years. Funding obtained through the Research Support Fund helps to organize research in a consistent manner and to provide a creative environment that adequately supports the efforts of ÉTS researchers, while offering students a stimulating learning environment that motivates them to greater achievements.

Whether in terms of maintaining and renovating research spaces, improving information resources, supporting research projects, training faculty or managing patent applications, these grants have an impact at many different levels.

The federal government’s financial support allows ÉTS to foster and strengthen the complementarity and synergy among all the players involved in research and knowledge transfer, to participate internationally in major research projects, and to exercise leadership in innovation closely linked to the industrial milieu.

Performance Objectives for 2019-2020

Expense Category

Performance Objective:

  • Optimize the allocation and use of research spaces.


Indicator:

  • Space allocated and used for research.


Outputs

  • Portion of the Research Support Fund grant invested in developing research spaces.


Target Outcome:

  • Optimized use of research spaces.

Performance Objective:

  • Improve the range of services offered.


Indicator:

  • Improvements made to information resources.


Outputs:

  • Portion of the Research Support Fund grant invested in librarian salaries, research tools and in technical staff for the servers and networks.


Target Outcome:

  • Number of professors who have used the available resources.

Performance Objective:

  • Improve administrative support for research projects.


Indicator:

  • Number of new grants obtained.


Outputs:

  • Portion of the Research Support Fund grant invested in research advisor and other support staff salaries.


Target Outcome:

  • Increase in the number of grants obtained.

Performance Objective:

  • Increase efficiency in the processing of applications.


Indicator:

  • Number of cases processed.


Outputs:

  • Portion of the Research Support Fund grant invested in research advisor and other support staff salaries.


Target Outcome:

  • Number of cases processed (% increase).

Performance Objective:

  • Optimize the internal process for managing intellectual property.


Indicator:

  • Portion of the Research Support Fund grant invested in research advisor and other support staff salaries.


Outputs:

  • Portion of the Research Support Fund grant invested in research advisor and other support staff salaries.


Target Outcome:

  • Number of cases processed (% increase).