Solutions Program

Partnered Focus

Innovation and Impact

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.

Past Competition Results
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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.

Innovation Grant Objective

Support interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams including knowledge-users to catalyze innovative new ideas and approaches, promoting creative problem solving to address one of the focus areas named in this year’s competition.

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 Areas

Lung Health

In partnership with Lung Sask

The mission of Lung Sask is to improve lung health, one breath at a time. Lung Sask plays a role in improving the overall quality of life for those with a lived experience of lung disease through funding innovation and research for programs, education, training, treatment, and prevention of lung disease. 
To be eligible for Lung Sask partnered funding, applications must address one or more of the following areas related to lung health: 
•    Lung Health of Indigenous Peoples’
•    Areas where knowledge gaps exist in lung health
•    Lung disease prevention, diagnosis, and management
•    Patient and caregiver education
•    Social determinants of lung health
•    Tobacco, cannabis, or vaping
•    Radon exposure home, school, or workplace
•    Rural and remote lung health services

Full details can be found in the Application Package >

Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

In partnership with Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan (ASOS)

The focus of ASOS is finding treatments, causes and cures, and improving the quality of life for people living with dementia in the Province of Saskatchewan. 
To be eligible for partnered funding, applications must address one or more of the following areas:
•    Diagnosis 
•    Prevention/Risk Reduction 
•    Culturally Sensitive Care 
•    Long Term Care 
•    Palliative Care 
•    Social Inclusion

Full details can be found in the Application Package >

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Amount and Term

Innovation Grant

Up to $50,000 for 1 year. 

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.


Other Solutions Opportunities

SHRF Focus Areas

Virtual Care


More information >

Collective Impact Focus Area

Rural and Remote Healthcare

More Information >

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. 

Program Contacts

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