Honouring Saskatchewan Leaders
in Health Research

SHRF's annual awards honour individuals and teams in Saskatchewan’s health research community who inspire us with their drive, leadership, ingenuity and achievement. From basic science discoveries to visionary health policy, these researchers are contributing to the improved health of citizens by enabling a high performing health system and building a robust culture of health research and innovation in Saskatchewan.


These awards are presented at the annual Santé Awards celebration

The Awards

Excellence Awards
These awards recognize the top-ranked applications from researchers and teams in the past year’s peer-reviewed funding competitions. Applications to SHRF’s research funding competitions are scored according to our rigorous peer review process by committees of active researchers and health professionals.


Selection Process: Determined by the previous year’s peer-reviewed ranking from each SHRF funding competition. 



Impact Award
This award is presented to one early-career researcher five years after receiving a SHRF Establishment grant. It recognizes their work over the past five years to build capacity, advance knowledge, inform decision making, and to provide health, economic and social impacts in Saskatchewan. 


Selection Process: Determined by a merit review of Establishment five year follow-up reports. 

Achievement Awards
These awards are presented to two researchers, one who is a mid-career researcher (5-15 years from initial appointment) currently active in Saskatchewan and one senior researcher whose exemplary career achievements in Saskatchewan have inspired us with their drive, leadership and ingenuity.

It recognizes their work over their career to add to our collective knowledge and understanding, build up and lead the people and infrastructure that make excellent health research in Saskatchewan possible, and work to make a difference in health and health care in Saskatchewan and beyond.

Selection Process: Candidates are nominated by their peers and considered by an expert panel of national and local experts from a range of fields.

Nomination information for Mid-Career and Senior Career Achievement Awards can be found below



Mid-Career Researcher

A researcher who, at the time of nomination, has assumed their independent research position 5-15 years ago. 

Senior Researcher

A researcher who, at the time of nomination, has assumed their first independent research position more than 15 years ago.

Source: CIHR Glossary of Funding-Related Terms

Nominate a Research Leader

Important Dates

Call for Nominations Opens: August 18, 2022

Nomination Deadline: October 27, 2022

Nominees Notified: Early December 2022

Winners Announced: Santé Awards – Date TBD

Nomination Instructions

A minimum of three (3) colleagues, with direct knowledge of the contribution of the nominee, must nominate an individual. Self-nominations as well as the nomination of current SHRF Board members and staff will not be accepted.

To nominate either a Mid-Career or Senior researcher, the following supporting documents must be submitted to SHRF at by the nomination deadline:

1.    One (1) letter of no more than three (3) pages signed by all three nominators describing the reasons the nominee is deserving of either the SHRF Mid-Career OR Senior Career Achievement Award.

The letter should outline the nominee's significant health research achievements in each of the following areas:

  • Advancing Knowledge – share examples of how the nominee’s contributions have expanded and/or moved forward knowledge and/or practice within their field.

  • Capacity Building – share examples of the nominee’s track record related to: training,  mentoring, relationship building and/or empowering individuals, groups, communities, or other sectors; and/or success in securing funding for research and infrastructure.

  • Health Impacts – share examples of the nominee’s research outcomes and knowledge sharing and how they have impacted quality of life, determinants of health, health status, health system and policy changes, or have had other social, health or economic benefits.

2.    Up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee. Options: Standard organizational CV or promotion CV.

3.    Email from the nominee confirming the acceptance of the nomination. 

4.    Contact information of all nominators and the nominee including names, affiliation, phone numbers and email addresses.

A PDF of the nomination instructions can be downloaded here.


If you have any questions, email Karen Tilsley at  

Join us in celebrating Saskatchewan’s health research leaders
Nominate someone deserving today!