Solutions Program

Collective Focus


Important Dates

Competition Launch: June 29, 2022

Information Webinar: July 13, 2022, 11 a.m. 

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Eligibility Check Cut-off: September 29, 2022 - 4:30 p.m. CST


Eligibility Revisions Deadline: October 6, 2022

Application Deadline*: November 17, 2022 – 4:30 p.m. CST

Funding Decisions: March 3, 2023

Funding Start Date: March 1, 2023

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


Purpose and Objectives

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Solutions Program is to support collaborative and engaged research for the development and implementation of innovations to address timely Saskatchewan health needs and create a sustainable impact in a focused area​.

Impact Grant Objective

Support interdisciplinary and 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.

Focus Area

Rural and Remote Health Care in Saskatchewan

The Challenge

Every Saskatchewan resident deserves the healthcare they need no matter where they live. Saskatchewan’s unique geography has long presented a challenge to provide access to health care to patients in their community. Furthermore, recruitment and retention of health care providers to rural and remote communities remains an ongoing challenge. Better health outcomes and quality of life for Saskatchewan families and communities depends on access to safe, integrated, quality health care as close to home as possible.

The Opportunity

SHRF and partners will support translational research projects focused on improving access to health care for Saskatchewan’s rural and remote residents, through research focused on implementing promising solutions to this challenge working in concert with continuous improvement underway in Saskatchewan’s healthcare system. 

Technology continues to open doors for new and innovative ways of providing better access to health care for patients where they live as well as supporting, connecting and engaging health care providers located in rural and remote communities. Many innovative practices, programs, and technologies have been developed in recent years, both in Saskatchewan and elsewhere, and in healthcare as well as other sectors. How could these promising solutions be adapted and implemented to improve access, quality, safety in health care for Saskatchewan families and communities?

While recruitment and retention of new health care professionals to rural and remote communities remain important areas of focus, there are many health care providers who do chose to make their homes in Saskatchewan’s rural and remote communities. Health care providers such as pharmacists, social workers, paramedics, nurse practitioners, or individuals running community public health or chronic disease management programming, for example, may be a main point of contact for rural and remote residents. By empowering, connecting, training, supporting - and even expanding scope of practice for some - health care professionals, could we both improve recruitment and retention as well as make coordinated health care services more readily available to residents in their home community?

Both the innovative applications of technology and health human resources, and combined approaches, are timely opportunities for translational research to inform continuous improvement for a responsive, integrated, and efficient health system that puts the patient first.

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Opportunity Partners

SHRF and partners are collectively supporting the Rural and Remote Healthcare focus area to support solutions and improve access to safe, integrated, quality healthcare for all residents of Saskatchewan.

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Amount and Term

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.



Q: Are proposals required to specifically address technology or health human resources to be eligible? A: Innovative applications of technology and health human resources have been identified as key areas of opportunity to improve access to health care for rural and remote residents, however Solutions other than technology and health human resources are welcomed approaches.

Q: Do I need to address one of the listed partners' fields of interest for my application? A: No, funding partners are collaborating to fund applications in all areas of rural and remote healthcare.

Further questions?

Other Solutions Opportunities

SHRF Focus Areas

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Partnered Focus Areas

Lung Health 

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Only one application per Principal Applicant can be submitted to the Solutions Program each year, including all focus areas and funding opportunities.

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. 

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