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COVID-19 update—2021

Deadline: The 2021 deadline to submit applications is May 20, 2021.

Use of grant funds: Institutions may use their 2020-21 Research Support Fund (RSF) grant for expenses that are incurred between April 1 and June 30, 2021, and need to be deferred or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

End-of-grant period requirements: The deadline for the 2020-21 RSF grant (including Incremental Project Grants) end-of grant-period requirements has been extended until September 30, 2021. This extension is for reporting on expenses incurred in fiscal year 2020-21, including any expenses incurred under the 2020-21 grant between April 1 and June 30, 2021. The extension applies to all components of the end-of-grant-period requirements: the statement of account, outcomes report, and reporting on institutional performance objectives on the institution’s website, as applicable.

Date published: March 19, 2021

What is the Research Support Fund?

The Research Support Fund assists Canadian postsecondary institutions with the costs associated with managing their research enterprise, helping them to maintain a world-class research environment. Grants can be used to:

  • maintain modern labs and equipment;
  • provide access to up-to-date knowledge resources;
  • provide research management and administrative support;
  • meet regulatory and ethical standards; or
  • transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors,

…helping to make Canada a world leader in research and development.

 The bottom line is that improved infrastructure significantly contributes to enabling leading-edge research. 

—The University of British Columbia

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Accountability and Public Acknowledgment

Jointly administered by

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council