Incremental Project Grants


Overview
Objective
Eligibility
Grant value and duration
Application form
Application instructions
Grant payment
Use of grant funds
Reporting
Questions



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Overview

The Incremental Project Grants (IPG) funding opportunity is a new stream of the Research Support Fund (RSF), in addition to the RSF grant, that provides further support for the indirect costs of research.

This new stream stems from additional funding for the RSF announced in Budget 2018, totalling $231.3 million over five years ($28.75 million in 2018-19) and $58.8 million per year after that.

The IPG will provide eligible institutions with additional support for projects that focus on a set of priorities that cut across the RSF’s five existing categories of eligible expenses. The initial four IPG priority areas are:

  • innovation and commercialization activities;
  • facilities renewal, including deferred maintenance;
  • information resources, including digital resources, open access and databases; and
  • equity, diversity and faculty renewal (in the context of equity, diversity and inclusion).

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Objective

The objective of the IPG stream aligns with the RSF’s objective to reinforce the federal research investment by helping Canadian postsecondary institutions ensure their federally funded research projects are conducted in world-class facilities with the best equipment and administrative support available. By directing funds to specific investments and annual or multi-year projects initiated by institutions, the IPG will facilitate tracking and reporting, to better demonstrate the impact of these investments.


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Eligibility

IPG funding is limited to institutions that meet the RSF eligibility criteria and are at the highest funding levels in the current RSF formula, which is equivalent to receiving $7 million or more in eligible direct research funding. Eligibility for the IPG will be assessed against this threshold on an annual basis.

Institutions with less than $7 million in eligible direct research funding will not be eligible for IPG funding, but will continue to benefit from the current progressive RSF funding formula.


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Grant value and duration

The IPG values are determined using the RSF’s current funding formula. Grants are awarded for one year only. Institutions must re-apply each year and meet all terms and conditions to continue receiving funds.


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Application form

The IPG will be imbedded in the RSF application process. In addition to completing the RSF application form, eligible institutions will need to complete the IPG application form. The form asks for additional information about the proposed use of the IPG funds. Each institution needs to submit only one IPG application, which may contain one or several projects corresponding to at least one of the eligible priority areas. The form must include:

  • a description and costing of proposed investments across the IPG’s eligible priority areas, including any other funds supporting the projects;
  • expected timelines;
  • expected outcomes; and
  • a strategic vision for the use of IPG funds.

The manner in which the RSF considers any forfeiture of funds, failure to comply with the deadline and requests for extensions will apply to IPG applications and awards. Refer to the Apply to the program page for more details.


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Application instructions

  1. Complete the IPG application form. If your institution is eligible for an IPG award, it will have received a form from the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS).
    1. For guidance, please refer to the instructions, which are included in the application form.
  2. Submit the IPG application form to TIPS by the application deadline by uploading it to the RSF-CRC Data Breakdown sharing site.

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Grant payment

The IPG amount will be paid to eligible institutions following the RSF’s regular payment schedule.


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Use of grant funds

Institutions can propose one or multiple projects. They must demonstrate that all proposed projects will correspond to one or several of the four priority areas.

The funds must be spent in the year of the award and reported on annually.

IPG funds can be used to support multi-year projects (that is, projects whose ultimate outcomes will be seen only at the end of a longer period of up to three years). The application will allow the institutions to apply for funding for the next phase of their project, provided they continue to meet the reporting and eligibility requirements.


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Reporting

Institutions receiving IPG funding are subject to the same reporting requirements as the RSF and are further required to provide clear, reportable evidence of the results and impacts of their grants.

In their IPG application, institutions are required to demonstrate their long-term vision for any multi-year project and then report annually on the project’s progress to access funding for its next phase.

Reporting on IPG expenditures will begin in year two of the funding opportunity. Institutions will be required to report on both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 fiscal years in June 2020.


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Questions

For questions about the application process, please contact information@rsf-fsr.gc.ca.