About the Program

Helping Canadian postsecondary institutions with the hidden costs of research.

Indirect Costs Program funds assist universities, colleges, and their affiliated research hospitals and institutes in maintaining a world-class research environment by helping:

  • 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

…to benefit Canadians economically, socially and culturally.

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Important Notice

Indirect Costs Program transitioning to new Research Support Fund

The Indirect Costs Program, with a total annual budget of $342 million, is transitioning to the new Research Support Fund (RSF). Institutions are invited to visit the RSF website for more information about the program.


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

—The University of British Columbia