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COVID-19 update—2022

Deadline: The deadline to submit applications is May 25, 2022.

Use of grant funds: Provisions have been put in place to allow institutions to use their 2021-22 Research Support Fund (RSF) grant for expenses incurred between April 1 and June 30, 2022 (three-month extension), which needed to be deferred or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

End-of-grant period requirements: The deadline for the 2021-22 RSF grant (including the Incremental Project Grant) has been extended until September 30, 2022, to report on expenses incurred in fiscal year 2021-22, including any expenses incurred under the 2021-22 grant between April 1 and June 30, 2022. The extension applies to all components of the end-of-grant period requirement: the statement of account, the outcomes report and reporting on institutional performance objectives, indicators and target outcomes on the institution’s website, as applicable.

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

Contact us

Information about the program

For more information on the application process contact information@rsf-fsr.gc.ca.


Accountability and Public Acknowledgment

Jointly administered by

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council