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Research Support Fund 2014-2015

McMaster's outcomes report provides qualitative and quantitative information on how we have invested our Research Support Fund grants for 2014-2015.

Calculation of grant


In 2014/15 McMaster University received $12,463,748 from the federal Indirect Costs of Research (FICR) Program (this was the last year of the Indirect Costs Program, and was replaced by the Research Support Fund).

Most post-secondary Institutions in Canada receive a share of the pool of funds based on their individual Institution’s three year average of spent Tri-Council funding. The 2014/15 grant was calculated using data from 2012/13, 2011/12 and 2010/11. 

The total pool was $341M in 2014/15 and provided indirect costs at a rate of roughly 19.833% of most Tri-Council projects (some specific programs do not pay indirect costs and institutions are made aware if this at the application stage). 

McMaster received 3.65% of the pool. The FICR program supports the costs of heat, hydro, research accountants, assistance with research applications, the health physics office, support for central facilities such as the central animal facilities, library acquisitions, computing services etc.  Eligible and ineligible expenditures can be found here

McMaster's Use of the Research Support Fund

The federal government requests that we report the use of funds by five categories, which are: Facilities; Resources; Management and Administration; Regulatory Requirements and Intellectual Property.

Facilities expenditures include the cost of renovating labs, salaries for technicians and the utility costs for research labs. Research Resources include the cost of library acquisitions, operating costs for non-facility areas, insurance on research vehicles, etc. Management and Administrative costs include expenses to provide researchers with grant writing assistance, research accounting services, promotional expenses, audit costs, etc. Regulatory requirements include the costs of upgrades and upkeep of animal facilities, the management of ethics boards, the Health Physics office and other compliance type offices. Intellectual property expenses include the cost of tech-transfer offices and the support of technology licensing.

Distribution of FICR funds

Under the current budget model the funds are distributed among McMaster's six Faculties: Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences, Business, Humanities and Engineering. Each Faculty uses these resources to provide for step-down expenses such as hydro, research administration etc. 

In 2014-2015 the funds were distributed as follows: