Calculation of the Research Support Fund Grant
The University of Calgary's (U of C) Research Support Fund allocation is calculated based on Tri-Council (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC) funding awarded in the previous fiscal year. In 2015/2016 the U of C received a $11.57M grant dedicated to five expenditure categories:
- Alberta Health Services (AHS)
- Alberta Children's Hospital
Alberta Children's Hospital Research Centre
Peter Lougheed Centre
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
South Health Campus
Calgary Lab Services
- Arctic Institute of North America (AINA)
- Alberta Sulphur Research Limited (ASRL)
- Carbon Management Canada Research Institutes Inc. (CMCRI)
- Containment and Monitoring Institute (CaMI)
- University Technologies Inc. (UTI)
- Calgary Technologies Inc.
- Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute
- Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family
- Tecterra Inc.
- Van Horne Institute
As part of our outcomes report, listed below are the qualitative and quantitative measurements on the impact of the Research Support Fund at the University of Calgary, supplemented by the institutions’ internal operation budget. Funds have been invested in each eligible category.
A preliminary list of 32 core facilities across 7 faculties has been created and is available on the website. This is the first step in the process of compiling a complete list of our core facilities and collecting qualitative metrics (usage, users’ satisfaction, etc.). These facilities are crucial in the support of leading-edge research and innovation. They support thousands of researchers (including faculty members, students and postdoctoral fellows) and provide the infrastructure to implement hundreds of research projects each year.
New facilities that have been announced or opened in 2015/16 include:
- Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA): for development of technologies to remove chemicals – notably pharmaceuticals, hormones and antibiotics – as well as pathogens and toxins from wastewaters, and to create a deep understanding of the impacts of pollutants on aquatic environments. The ACWA Research Facility is embedded in the Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Centre of the City of Calgary.
- Energy Bioengineering and Geomicrobiology (EBG) Facility: cutting-edge instrumentation including a bioreactor and associated analytical devices for bioprocess and metagenomic characterization.
- Western Canadian Microbiome Centre (WCMC): under development (opening in 2017), the WCMC will include a new germ-free facility, real-time in vivo & in vitro imaging, and –omics platforms for studying natural and engineered microbiomes.
- CERC (Canada Excellence Research Chair) lab in the Energy, Environmental, Experiential Learning building with equipment to study micro/nano-materials applied to unconventional oil reservoirs.
A number of initiatives have been established at UCalgary in 2015/16:
- A committee to develop and implement a digital data management system
- Upgrade of archiving system to manage new digital data management needs (dSpace)
Management and Administration of Institutions and Research Enterprise
- More than 150 personnel are dedicated to research support systems in accounting, human resources, IT, legal, ethics and supply chain management.
- The University of Calgary’s Research Services Office, with a staffing complement of 45, offers services ranging from pre-award assistance to facilitation of major strategic initiatives, networks, centres of excellence and research infrastructure programs (including business case development, securing matching industrial support and developing commercialization strategies as necessary).
- Ten faculty-embedded research facilitators across the UCalgary campus provide local support for individual researchers in securing and utilizing research funding.
- Strategic University Proposal and Platform Opportunity Review Team (SUPPORT): Five committees (Chairs, Infrastructure, Networks, Prizes and HQP Training) make recommendations to the VP Research for strategic allocation of institutional opportunities, quotas, and major infrastructure and operating funds. The SUPPORT process provides full peer review for more than 90 major grant applications annually, and feedback to researchers has significantly improved quality and success of our applications (with nationally leading success rates in CRC and CFI JELF awards). Committees are comprised of 44 faculty members from across campus, Associate VPs Research, along with representatives from service units responsible for implementation, such as Campus Planning and Facilities Development.
- Research Management System: a committee and operational team is in place to develop this new platform that will provide streamlined, one-stop customer service to the research community by providing greater administrative oversight, improved integration and reporting in order to administer, track, and analyze research inputs, processes and outputs. The team includes three full- or part-time consultants plus five seconded staff and steering and oversight committees of staff including members from faculty and administrative staff.
Regulatory Requirements and Accreditation
The Institutional Research Information Services Solution (IRISS): an online program automated workflow for researchers when applying for the certifications necessary to conduct research involving humans or animals. This system supports over 9,000 researchers annually and has significantly reduced the administrative workload when applying for ethics certification, supports efficiencies for the review boards, and ensures institutional compliance with Tri-Council guidelines.
- In 2015/16, there were approximately 20 activities that were modified to support a more efficient electronic process
- Many manual activities were automated
- Submission Stats for 2015: (includes certificate, modification, renewal & closure): 6,309 applications
- Time to Determination in 2015: (upon submission to REB) 59 days for CHREB (certification only) an 33 days for CFREF (certification only)
- Number of active NSERC partnership grants in 2015/16: 91 (including Engage, CRD, SPG, IRC).
- UCalgary has created an innovation ecosystem in the energy sector through our partnership with SAIT (Canada’s top ranked Polytechnic in Applied Research) and Innovate Calgary (our Tech Transfer organization).
- By partnering with SAIT Polytechnic, UCalgary has a champion in prototyping capabilities and technology transfer in the energy sector. SAIT adds important laboratories and facilities and also a key team of over 45 full-time applied research staff who have a track record of building prototypes and demonstration scale technology apparatus for the energy sector.
- Innovate Calgary, a 60-person organization serving entrepreneurs and innovators both inside the university and within the community at large, has a 30-year history of managing intellectual property development (invention assessments, patents and licenses), launching new companies, mentoring entrepreneurs and SMEs, and raising capital to build and grow start-ups and link them with technology receptors.
- UCalgary, SAIT, and Innovate Calgary have partnered with support from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) to construct the Kinetica Innovation Center at SAIT (KICS), a prototype development lab space for energy startups (opening fall 2016).
- University of Calgary Client Successes (data only for the energy-sector): 4 start-up companies that Innovate Calgary has helped to de-risk and accelerate over the past year.