Funding the Indirect Costs of Research:
SSHRC'S Research Support Fund
In recent years, ICS' Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics has achieved a high degree of success securing external funding for its research and public outreach projects. In particular, we have received several generous grants from SSHRC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
In 2013, we received a $200,000 Partnership Development Grant to pursue a two-year research project entitled Justice and Faith: Individual Spirituality and Social Responsibility in the Christian Reformed Church in Canada. In 2014 we received a $25,000 Connection Grant to help fund the public conference Are We There Yet? Economic Justice and the Common Good. In 2015, we received another Connection Grant of $24,770 to support costs associated with presenting two community forums in Ottawa related to the Justice and Faith project. The forums include two professional performances of the one-act play Just Faith? by MT Space Theatre, as well as professional videography services to produce a video of the performance. This video will become part of a 'congregational toolkit', soon to be released by the Christian Reformed Church, to help church groups create their own discussion forums on the relationship between justice and faith. In 2016, we are co-applicants to a successful SSHRC partnership development grant submitted by the Centre for Community Based Research entitled, Faith and Settlement Partnerships: Setting Immigrants and Canada up for Success.
These grant funds must all be spent directly on project outcomes; the institutional or 'indirect' costs that ICS bears to support these activities are not eligible expenses for grant monies. These costs include, but are not limited to, the following:
Thankfully, SSHRC recognizes that such indirect costs are involved in carrying a research grant. For this reason, they allow grant-holding institutions like ICS to apply for additional funds to cover these costs through their Research Support Fund grant program. The Research Support Fund grant program covers five major areas of indirect costs: 1) research facilities; 2) research resources; 3) management and administration of an institution's research enterprise; 4) regulatory requirements and accreditation; and 5) intellectual property and knowledge mobilization.
During the 2015-16 academic year, ICS received an additional $64,080 from SSHRC's Research Support Fund to cover such indirect research costs as those mentioned above. ICS used those funds in category 2, research resources, in order to improve our information resources and defray library operation and administration costs. Funding was applied specifically to costs associated with hosting ICS' online, globally accessible Institutional Repository as well as library staff salaries. For the 2016-17 academic year, ICS is eligible to receive $65,195 from the Research Support Fund, and plans to use the money in the same areas.
The ICS Library, through its maintenance of the online Institutional Repository, plays a key role in archiving and disseminating the fruits of these important ICS research initiatives.
In 2015-16, the ICS/CPRSE has partnered with two institutions, the Centre for Community Based Research in Kitchener, Ontario, and the Christian Reformed Church of North America, in order to pursue the aforementioned research, including the drafting of the successful two-year SSHRC Partnership Development Grant application, Faith and Settlement Partnerships: Setting Immigrants and Canada up for Success. According to the definitions provided by SSHRC, the CCBR and the CRCNA are considered affiliate institutions for the sake of the Research Support Fund grant program.