2022-2023 Call #1
Competition Launch: June 14, 2022
Information Webinar: June 29, 2022, 11 a.m.
Application Deadline*: July 14, 2022 – 4:30 p.m. CST
Funding Decisions: 12 to 14 business days after application deadline
Funding Start Date: August 1, 2022
Next Intake Opens: July 18, 2022
*Check with your institution for internal deadlines and allow time to obtain required approvals.
Purpose and Objectives
The Align Grant aims to enable a diverse and connected research community in Saskatchewan that is well-positioned to receive peer-reviewed funding and conduct impactful research aligned with Saskatchewan needs.
The Align Grant has the following specific objectives:
1. Increase research relevance, coordination, and potential for impact by:
a. Enabling development and engagement of robust interdisciplinary research teams, including stakeholders* outside academia.
*Stakeholders include communities, people with lived experience, families, caregivers, decision makers, health practitioners, health care administrators, educators, policy makers, patient groups, community-based organizations, industry, health charities, etc.
b. Providing funding to complete activities that shape research to align with the Saskatchewan context and respond to Saskatchewan needs.
2. Increase quality and success of Saskatchewan applications to peer-reviewed funding competitions at the regional (e.g.; western Canadian- minimum two provinces), national and international level, as well as to SHRF.
3. Support the development of Saskatchewan research and health professional trainees through opportunities to gain experience in collaborative team building and engagement outside academia, co-development of research questions and approaches, and other research and professional skills related to proposed activities.
This is an open call. Applications may address any area of human health.
Amount and Term
Up to $10,000 may be requested from SHRF. Values requested must be reflective of a justified and fiscally responsible budget and in balance with the expected deliverables and outcomes of the proposed activities.
The grant provided is for up to one year (12 months).
At least one future funding application should be submitted within two years from the Align grant start date.
and Eligible Activities
Individuals applying to this funding opportunity must meet the requirements of the Principal Applicant as defined by SHRF.
Please see the SHRF Funding Guide for definition of an eligible Principal Applicant.
Project Team Requirements
The Principal Applicant must meet eligibility requirements as described in the current SHRF Funding Guide section 2.4.3.
A least one trainee must be involved either in the applicant or personnel role.
As this grant is available to assist in connecting with stakeholders outside academia, it is not required that teams include knowledge-users.
For this funding opportunity, there are no Contribution Forms or additional documents that will need to be shared from Applicants or Personnel invited to this application. Supporters must provide a letter of support.
Examples of Eligible Activities
Below are examples of eligible activities. Please note this is not an exhaustive list. Please contact the program manager if you have questions regarding eligible activities.
Community needs assessment
Determining scope or scale of a health issue in Saskatchewan
Determining next steps and needs to move successfully from pilot to implementation, uptake and sustainability
Identifying initiatives already underway in Saskatchewan and looking for opportunities to align, work together, and reduce duplication of efforts
Connect with Saskatchewan stakeholders such as patient groups, community organizations, decision makers, Knowledge Keepers, etc.
Undertake culturally appropriate engagement and relationship building
Co-develop research questions and approaches with input from stakeholders
Ensure research is relevant and appropriate to those directly impacted
Identify outcomes important to stakeholders
Answer feasibility questions related to the Saskatchewan context
Identify and connect with target audiences, who may provide letters of support for future funding applications
Identify knowledge sharing avenues outside academia
See full details in the Application Package >
How to Apply
Application forms must be completed following the application instructions in the Application Package.
Completed application form and all attachments must be emailed to email@example.com by the deadline.