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McMaster's Institutional Performance Objectives 2016-2017

McMaster’s Performance Objectives for the Research Support Fund

The Federal Indirect Cost of Research program was started in 2003 with a total dollar value of $224m. This fund was provided to Canadian Universities to offset the cost of doing research. In the Winter of 2015 the program was reconfigured and is now known as the Research Support Fund (RSF).

The RSF program provides for:

1. Research Facilities: the program provides for the costs of renovating and maintaining research facilities; upgrading and maintenance of research equipment and other devices; hydro, heat, security and maintenance as well as technical support for laboratories, offices and other facilities. Research space includes laboratories, library space and offices in the case of Humanities and Social Sciences researchers.

This category consumes the greatest percentage of funds. McMaster will use RSF funds to renovate more research lab space.


2. Research resources: the program provides for the purchase of library holdings; improved information resources, library operating costs and administration as well as insurance of research equipment and vehicles. Improved information systems for non-administrative systems.

The Library will provide McMaster Researchers with increased access to current research publications.


3. Management and administration of an institution’s research enterprise: these eligible costs include the administrative costs of staff whom assists the researchers with grant applications, the purchase and maintenance of administrative systems used to administer research administration, salaries and benefits of research admininstration staff such as HR, payroll, financial, training costs on new admin systems as well as costs of institutional publications and communications. 

McMaster implemented an ERP system "Mosaic", in 2013. Research reporting for both Pre and Post Awards continue to improve. 

4. Regulatory Requirements and accreditation: the program covers the costs of the creation and support of regulatory bodies, training of faculty and other research personnel in health and safety, animal care, ethics review, handling radiation and biohazards, and environmental assessments; upgrades and maintenance to meet regulatory requirements; technical support for animal care and for handling of dangerous substances and biohazards as well as the purchase of animals for training purposes.

Regulatory offices will increase the level of training offered to researchers.

5. Intellectual property: the program covers the costs of the creation, expansion or sustenance of a technology transfer office or similar function, the administration of invention patent applications, support for technology licensing; administration of agreements and partnerships with industry; development of incubators; support for the creation of spin-off companies; outreach activities undertaken to transfer knowledge through venues not eligible for funding under other federal programs as well as the marketing of teaching material, scientific photo libraries, survey instruments, statistical packages, data sets and databases, software, computer models and other tools.

This funding is critical to the McMaster Industrial Liaison Office. The Office will endeavor to increase the number of spin off companies as well as the number of technology agreements.