Brandon University’s (BU’s) research infrastructure will benefit from $516,686 in federal funding for the 2021-22 year through the Research Support Fund.
The Research Support Fund helps to cover the indirect costs of sustaining top-notch research environments at Canadian universities. It offsets expenses such as maintaining and updating institutional facilities and equipment, administration of research programs, and other support. The amount of funding each university receives is based on the value of Tri-Agency research grants it has earned over a three-year period. This is the first time BU’s Research Support Fund allocation has been more than $500,000 for a single year.
“Our researchers have had tremendous success in developing and attracting federal funding for world-class projects in recent years,” said Dr. Heather Duncan, Associate Vice-President of Research at BU.
“Producing high quality work requires an investment in infrastructure, and the Research Support Fund allows our faculty to remain on an equal footing with the best researchers in their fields.”
Last year’s funding was used for items including updates and repairs to the animal care facility. It also was used by Information Technology Services at BU to maintain and improve high-speed network capabilities and improve access to research tools. The Research Support Fund supported the John E. Robbins Library in enhancing access to digital research databases and research preservation, as well as for the digitization of newspaper, historical records and oral histories. Additionally, the funding assisted in communication of Brandon University research by enabling the production of the popular Research Connection bulletins and the formalizing of the BU Strategic Research Plan booklet.
More information about the research support fund is available at RSF-FSR.gc.ca.