Capacity Program


Important Dates

Competition Launch: December 7, 2021

Information Webinar: December 9, 2021, 12 p.m. 

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Eligibility Check Cut-off: January 20, 2022 - 4:30 p.m. CST

Eligibility Revisions Deadline: January 31, 2022 - 4:30 p.m. CST

Full Application Deadline*: March 10, 2022 - 4:30 p.m. CST

CV Update Deadline**: May 13, 2022 - 4:30 p.m. CST

Funding Decisions: June 16, 2022

Funding Start Date: July to October 2022 - 1st of Month

*For those who advance through eligibility. Check with your institution for internal deadlines and allow time to obtain required approvals.

**CV Updates are only accepted for the Principal Investigator. CV updates will not be accepted for other Applicant/Investigator roles.

Opportunity Details

Purpose, Focus and Partnership

The purpose of the Establishment Grant is to assist early-career researchers in Saskatchewan in establishing an autonomous program of health research addressing Saskatchewan health challenges and achieving the research productivity necessary for obtaining major funding from national and other external agencies. 

Focus Areas
This is an open call. Applications may address any area of human health. 

Partnership Funding
SHRF partners with other organizations or individuals who share an interest in funding excellent health research aiming to improve the lives of Saskatchewan residents. In addition to the open call, SHRF will support two (2) applications in the Patient-Oriented Research priority area in partnership with Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR)

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Amount and Term

Up to $120,000 is available from SHRF.

The grant provided is for up to three years.

Two (2) applications will be supported in partnership with SCPOR. 


Principal Applicant

and Team Requirements

Principal Applicant

Individuals applying to this funding opportunity must meet the requirements of the Principal Applicant as defined by SHRF, as well as program-specific eligibility requirements. 

Please see the SHRF Funding Guide for definition of an eligible Principal Applicant. In addition to this definition, Establishment Grant Principal Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

The qualifying appointment must be held in Saskatchewan at, or above, the rank of Assistant Professor (or equivalent), with the expectation and opportunity to undertake research. Adjunct appointments alone are not sufficient for eligibility.

The applicant must be within the first five years of their initial research-related appointment, as of July 1 in the application year (i.e. July 1, 2022). Individual eligibility scenarios will be assessed by SHRF on a case-by-case basis. Considerations for eligibility extensions may include:

  • Institutionally approved leaves during eligibility period. 

  • Part-time appointments during eligibility period (see SHRF Funding Guide for what constitutes part-time).

  • Concurrent completion of Ph.D. studies during eligibility period.

  • Career transition, defined as a researcher who is making a major shift from another discipline into a health research discipline, or a health care practitioner beginning a research career; and

  • Limited term appointments:

If, at the time of application, the Principal Applicant holds a limited term appointment that ends prior to the funding end date, they are still eligible to apply. However, if the application is successful, a condition of funding will be applied where institutional confirmation of a new appointment that extends the full length of the funding period will be needed.


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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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