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 2019-2020, ÉTS received $3,063,347. This sum was allocated as follows:

  • 52.76%: Facilities;
  • 32.59%: Management and administration;
  • 8.28%: Research resources;
  • 5.49%: Intellectual property;
  • 0.89%: Regulatory requirements.

In 2020-2021, ÉTS received $3,213,359 from the Research Support Fund. This sum was allocated as follows:

  • 55.5%: Facilities;
  • 37.2%: Management and administration;
  • 1.9%: Research resources;
  • 4.5%: Intellectual property;
  • 0.9%: Regulatory requirements.

RSF Funding = $3,213,359

SPS Funding = $54,755
Activities related to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (100%)

In 2021-2022, ÉTS received a total of $3,258,450 in RSF and $81,622 in SPS. The breakdown by completed expenditures will be posted in September 2022.

In 2022-2023, ÉTS expects to receive a total of $3,317,859 in RSF and $97,485 in SPS.

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 Targets for 2022-2023

The amounts of SRF funds to which ÉTS is entitled for 2022-2023 are SRF: $3,317,859 and Supplementary Project Grant (SPG): $97,485.

As part of its 2022-2023 SRF grant, ÉTS has established the following performance targets:

Performance target:

  • Develop new research facilities and maintain the quality of existing facilities.

Output:

  • Portion of SRF grant invested in research infrastructure and research space/laboratory development.

Expected results:

  • Increase the effectiveness, capacity and efficiency of the use of research space.

Performance target:

  • Improve service delivery.

Output:

  • Portion of SRF grant invested in salaries for librarians, research tools and technical staff for servers and networks.

Expected results:

  • Increase the number of researchers using the services and the deposit of open access scientific publications.

Performance target:

  • Improve research positioning.

Output:

  • Portion of SRF grant invested in salaries of research advisors and other support staff and tools.

Expected results:

  • Increase in the number of grant applications and the number of contracts signed.

Performance target:

  • Maintain high standards of ethical and responsible research conduct.

Output:

  • Portion of SRF grant invested in salaries for ethics counsellor positions, ethics certificate application tracking and approval system, and community training.

Expected results:

  • Increase in the number of files processed.

Performance target:

  • Increase in the number of invention declarations and partnerships.

Output:

  • Portion of SRF grant invested in salaries of research advisors and other support staff, and community training.

Expected results:

  • Increase in the number of invention declarations and the number of collaborative agreements.

The Supplementary Project Grant (SPG) will be fully dedicated to all equity, inclusion and diversity activities and faculty renewal.