Competition Launch: January 25, 2023
Information Webinar: February 9, 2023, 12 p.m. CST
Application Deadline*: April 13, 2023 – 4:30 p.m. CST
Funding Decisions: 12 to 14 business days after application deadline**
Funding Start Date: May 15, 2023
*Check with your institution for internal deadlines and allow time to obtain required approvals.
**Dependent on application demand. Applicants will be informed if results are delayed.
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.
Purpose and Objectives
Applications must meet each of the following three 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; and
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 call will focus on supporting teams working in the area of Child & Youth Health in preparation for the Solutions Program Focus Area.
There is an additional Align Call for applications working in other areas of health.
Amount and Term
Up to $10,000 for a one year term
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
At least one future funding application should be submitted within two years from the Align grant start date
Individuals applying to this funding opportunity as Principal Applicant must meet the requirements as defined in the SHRF Funding Guide definition of Principal Applicant.
At least one Saskatchewan-based trainee must be named either as personnel or as a co-applicant and their roles and responsibilities adequately described.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We're here to help!
For questions about the Align Grant and the Child and Youth Health Focus Area,
reach out to Karen Tilsley email@example.com.
For questions about the SHRF RMS, reach out to
Tanya Skorobohach firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about other funding opportunities, reach out to email@example.com.