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COVID-19 update

The notional grant amount for the 2020-21 cycle will be communicated to institutional contacts on April 23, 2020.

The deadline to submit applications is postponed to June 19, 2020.

The annual reporting of the Statement of Account (SOA) and the Outcomes Reports for 2019-20 is postponed until September 30, 2020.

The formula used to calculate the RSF grant amounts remains unchanged. The RSF’s budget remains unchanged, so any variance to the grant amount is related to the amount of funding the institution’s researchers received from the agencies in the three most recent years for which data is available. The budget for the Incremental Project Grants has increased to $46.3 million for 2020-21, as initially planned in Budget 2018.


Date published: March 20, 2020


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