Solutions Program
Solutions Program


Innovation and Impact Grants

Important Dates

Competition Launch: July 6, 2021

Information Webinar: July 15, 2021, 11 a.m. 

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Eligibility Check Cut-off: EXTENDED September 29, 2021 - 4:30 p.m. CST

Application Deadline*: EXTENDED December 7, 2021 – 4:30 p.m. CST

Funding Decisions: February 23, 2022

Funding Start Date: March 1, 2022

*Check with your institution for internal deadlines and allow time to obtain required approvals.

Opportunity Details

Purpose and Objectives

Mobilizing the research community and its partners to focus and coordinate their diverse skills and perspectives to address timely Saskatchewan health challenges.

Innovation Grant

Objective: Support transdisciplinary teams including knowledge-users to catalyze innovative new ideas and approaches, promoting creative problem solving to address one of the focus areas named in this year’s competition.

Impact Grant

Objective: Support transdisciplinary teams including knowledge-users to advance the translation of research into real world settings and practical applications to address one of the focus areas named in this year’s competition.

Learn more about the focus of this funding call. >

Opportunity Partners

The Lung Association of Saskatchewan


Applicants under this partner opportunity must address one or more of the following areas related to lung health: 


Indigenous Peoples Health
Investing in research which considers how to better serve Indigenous Peoples of Saskatchewan regarding lung health is important to The Lung Association of Saskatchewan. Research that is relevant to Indigenous People of Saskatchewan and incorporates both traditional Indigenous practices and demonstrates impact in lung health and lung health practices, is an essential step in providing culturally sensitive healthcare. 


Lung Health
There are significant public health concerns associated with tobacco, cannabis, and vaping use. The Lung Association of Saskatchewan is concerned about the health impact on lung health and encourages continued research into the health effects of inhaling substances. 


Patient and/or Caregiver Education
Patients and caregivers have key roles in self-managing lung disease to live as well as possible. The Lung Association of Saskatchewan is interested in research which examines the kind of patient and caregiver education that is essential to better self-manage lung disease. Of particular interest, is research that examines the health outcomes related to patient and caregiver education.

Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR)

SCPOR will support up to one (1) Innovation and one (1) Impact grant to advance patient-oriented research (POR) conducted within Saskatchewan. Projects must be patient-identified priorities related to the focus area of addiction, and engage Patient Partners as members of the research team throughout the process. Patient Partners include those with personal experience of a health issue, as well as informal caregivers, including family and friends, community or public representatives, individuals from patient organizations or others who have lived experience with illness.

The knowledge generated from the projects are intended to improve health care systems and practices, leading to greater quality, accountability and accessibility of care.

More details on the SCPOR opportunity requirements can be found in the Application Package. 


Amount and Term

Innovation Grant

Up to $50,000 for 1 year. 

Impact Grant

Up to $150,000 for 2 years


Research Team Requirements

The Solutions program aims to support research with the potential to make a difference in
Saskatchewan for the selected focus area. Therefore, research teams should be collaborative and constituted to support the goals of the proposed research and potential impacts, with the program purpose and opportunity objectives in mind.

The following minimum team requirements must be met at both eligibility and application

  • Two (2) Saskatchewan-based researchers from different disciplines as applicants, including one of whom meets the eligibility requirements for a Principal Investigator

  • One (1) Saskatchewan-based knowledge user applicant

  • Any additional team membership requirements listed for partner priority areas. 

  • Having people with lived/living experiences on the team is strongly encouraged. If this role is not represented on the research team, please justify at eligibility.

  • Once the minimum team member requirements are met, additional team members from within or outside Saskatchewan may be included in any role.

  • There is no maximum number of team members; however, all team members should have a clear role and demonstrate how their expertise is beneficial in addressing the research question(s) and/or potential impacts.

  • To support mentorship and capacity building, teams are encouraged to have both early career and established investigators, with trainees as appropriate. Novice and early career researchers applying as the Principal Investigator are encouraged to include experienced colead(s).

  • Having relevant supporters, including health system decision-makers, community leaders, community organizations, industry partners, etc. are strongly encouraged, as appropriate for the proposed project.

Information Webinar

How to Apply

Each application must be made online through SHRF’s Research Management System (SHRF RMS). All follow up documents will be accessed there. Our system helps facilitate the peer review process. Click on 'Login to Apply' to access the system from any page on our website. For help with the system, contact

SHRF is also a subscribing organization to the Canadian Common CV (CCV). See specific program Application Packages for requirements. 

Our Resource page has more information and technical support to help you throughout the application process. 

You can also find helpful How-To videos on our YouTube page. 

Program Contacts

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Addictions Focus

Addiction is understood as compulsive behavior and/or substance use, despite negative consequences. With continued behavior/use, a dependency may develop. Changes in the mind and body create distressing symptoms of withdraw when the pattern or use is disrupted. 

Addiction is a pressing health concern for all of Saskatchewan. Driven by a combination of complex health, social and systemic factors, the impact of addictions reaches far and wide into our personal and social lives.  

The Solutions Program - Addictions focus is looking for teams to identify innovative and impactful approaches to address the entire addictions trajectory – from prevention and screening, to harm reduction, treatment and recovery. Working together, including those with lived/living experiences, is a way to help ensure strategies are effective, and services provide the necessary supports.


Solutions Focus Pathway


Focus Area Stages

Planning stage

Current stage

Future stages

Final Stage