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.

These costs are often referred to as “indirect costs.” Indirect costs are costs that are not directly associated with a single activity, event, or other cost object. Indirect costs include:

  • accounting;
  • human resources and payroll (invoicing, research account maintenance, preparation of financial reports, purchasing);
  • research administration (drafting of research agreements, negotiation of contracts, review of research proposals, on-going contract administration, maintenance of information on funding sources, etc.);
  • support for the libraries;
  • access to computer services
  • provision and maintenance of research facilities and office space.   

Research Support Fund 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.

Yukon College partners with other institutions on a number of its projects. For the purpose of the Research Support Fund, an organization can be considered an affiliate of the applicant institution if:

  • the federally funded research undertaken at the affiliate organization contributes to the research excellence of the applicant institution; and/or
  • the applicant  institution incurs indirect costs for the federally funded research conducted at the affiliate organization.

Visit Research Support Fund for more information.

Overview of Yukon College Fund Allocations

  • Research facilities
  • Research resources
  • Management and administration of an institution’s research enterprise
  • Regulatory requirements and accreditation
  • Intellectual Property and Knowledge Mobilization
Faculty Research Release Time
The Faculty Research Release Time (FRRT) program provides course release time funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities.  Yukon College supports the Boyer model of scholarship and research.  A brief overview of this model can be found here.

Use of Funds

The Research Services Office will provide funds to the successful applicant’s division to support the cost of a replacement instructor to cover one course, or similar responsibilities, normally undertaken by the applicant. Funds provided are based on the actual cost of the replacement's salary.

Any further costs associated with the research and scholarship activities will be the responsibility of the applicant and department.  Applicants may wish to apply to the Faculty Research Fund or granting agencies to cover other costs.


All faculty members are eligible to apply for FRRT.

Although all proposals will be considered, priority will be given to scholarly activity focused on the following research and education priorities:

  •     Climate change, society and environment
  •     Indigenous self-determination and governance
  •     Sustainable resource development and innovation

Detailed descriptions of each area can be found here.

Preference will be given to faculty teaching within degree programs, including university transfer programs and courses. Faculty will be granted at maximum one award per year.

All applications must be signed by the Dean/Director, the school Chair/Department Head, and one faculty colleague. Please provide evidence that the application has been discussed within the relevant school or division (i.e. meeting agenda or minutes, etc.). Faculty must allow adequate lead time for workload planning and the hiring of the replacement instructor so as to avoid disruptions in student learning.

Applicants applying in consecutive years are only eligible if the required final report(s) and commitments from the previous research and grant(s) have been submitted to and accepted by the Vice President, Research.

Research and Scholarship Compliance Requirements

If the proposal involves activities requiring compliance oversight, it is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain approval from the appropriate compliance Board(s) prior to the initiation of the research project.

If the proposal involves activities with First Nations, it is the responsibility of the applicant to abide by the Protocols and Principles for Conducting Research with Yukon First Nations and to obtain approvals for the initiation of the research project.

Allow sufficient time for the review and approval process as indicated by each process.

For more information, please see resources listed below:

Review Committee

The FRRT Committee reviews all applications to the program. The Committee is comprised of:

  • Vice President, Academic and Student Services
  • Vice President, Research
  • One member from the applicant's school or division
  • One member from outside the applicant's school or division

Review Criteria

Proposals are reviewed based on quality, clear concepts and research methods, and how well they align with Yukon College’s research and education priorities and strategic directions, including the Academic and Research Plans.

Proposals should be written in language appropriate for reviewers from a variety of disciplines, avoiding jargon and unexplained acronyms.

Faculty should clearly indicate the expected outcomes of the project. For example, a completed grant proposal, a completed paper for submission to a conference or journal, a research or scholarship project plan or implementation of a project.

Application Procedure

The FRRT application form is available on this page. If you need assistance, please contact the Research Services Office:

Valoree Walker
Yukon Research Centre

Complete all sections of the application form and follow the submission instructions.

Submit the complete PDF document electronically with supporting documentation (signatures or pther support required) to the Research Services Office by the deadline date.

Incomplete proposals or proposals NOT following the guidelines and format instructions will be disqualified.


The complete PDF document (including supporting documentation and all signatures), must be submitted electronically to the Research Services Office by 5:00 PM on the deadline date.

Final Report and Other Outcome Requirements

Award recipients are required to submit a final report at the end of the term for which funds were awarded.

This final report will be posted on the research webpage and will be archived such that future applicants and awardees will be able to access it as a source of reference. If there is a valid reason the final report should not be posted on the webpage, applicants must submit a justification to the Research Services Office ( page).

The final report should contain the following information:

  1. A header: including Proposal Title, Investigator, Department, Award Information (type of award, date of award, amount of award).
  2. A summary of the hypothesis or goals and the scholarly work/activities performed using the Faculty Research Release support.
  3. A summary of any additional scholarly activities the Faculty Research Release funding made possible for the Investigator.
  4. A summary of how and/or on what the Faculty Research Release funds were expended.
  5. A summary of all outcomes, based on the application.

Submit the final report electronically to the Review Committee through the Research Services Office.  Please note that should the expected outcomes not occur, the recipient may be expected to repay the amount of the grant and may be ineligible for future course release grants.

Suspension or Termination of Grant

Yukon College reserves the right to suspend or terminate a grant should the applicant cease to meet the eligibility criteria, the accountability (i.e., achieving the proposed outcomes), or reporting requirements of the program. It also reserves the right to recover funds paid out if the applicant does not fulfill the required eligibility criteria or provides fraudulent or inaccurate information.

Northern Scientific Training Program

Yukon College has partnered with the Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) to support students in furthering their research interests while meeting the needs of Canadians.

NSTP provides supplementary funding to students studying at universities and college's across Canada. The program is administered by Polar Knowledge Canada to foster science and technology in Canada’s North.

Applications are due in November of each year - please watch this page for date confirmation. Applications need to be submitted via the NSTP site and an electronic copy emailed to

The NSTP also has a student manual to support students in understanding and preparing an NSTP research report and/or application for funds.

If you require more information on this Program, please contact:

Amanda Graham
Coordinator/Instructor, University of the Arctic
School of Liberal Arts
Applied Arts Division
Tri-Agency Research Support Fund

The Research Support Fund (RSF) supports Canadian postsecondary institutions and their affiliates with a portion of the costs associated with managing the indirect costs of research.  Formerly known as the Indirect Costs Program, the RSF program is a Tri-Agency initiative of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.  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; and
• transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Yukon College received $19,654 RSF grant funds for 2016-17 and the funds were used to maintain lab equipment as well as provide research management and administrative support.

Yukon College’s Affiliated Institution(s)

• Lakehead University
• University of Alberta
• University of Saskatchewan
• Laval University