The Research Support Fund is Essential to Researchers’ Success in Funding through SFU’s Grant Facilitation
Simon Fraser University (SFU) promotes research excellence, supporting and encouraging all researchers, including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff members who deliver the research mission. The Government of Canada’s Research Support Fund (RSF) contributes significantly to the work of the research grant facilitators at SFU. Facilitators work closely with faculty members to develop, improve and submit research proposals for competitive research funding to Canadian and international funding agencies.
SFU is ranked as the number one Canadian comprehensive research university (Maclean’s University Rankings). RSF funding goes toward the salaries of the grant development professionals serving SFU’s eight faculties. Having dedicated research grant facilitators for the university’s researchers has contributed to the $115M+ in research income from 2006 – 2016, quadrupling SFU’s research income and moving SFU’s Faculty Research Impact to 2nd in Canada (QS World University Rankings). Furthermore, in October 2017 it was announced that five SFU research projects will benefit from $21.7 million in new infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). This achievement placed SFU within the top five institutions in Canada for CFI’s Innovation Fund competition. The support of SFU’s research grant facilitators helped contribute to SFU’s tremendous success of this competition.
Without RSF support, researchers would need to spend more time on management and administrative tasks, which would negatively impact their individual research output as well as SFU's overall research productivity and competitiveness. The RSF helps make it possible for the university to have the valuable support of Research Grant Facilitators.