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SHRF Partners with Canadian Cancer Society and CIHR on Primary Cancer Prevention Action Grants

Results of the September 2021 CCS/CIHR Action Grants: Proof-of-Concept Interventions in Primary Cancer Prevention competition

The intent of the Phase 1: CCS/CIHR Action Grants is to motivate Canadians to take “action” to avoid known modifiable risk factors for cancer and to encourage the research and end-user communities to take “action” towards harnessing new ideas, platforms and technologies from within and outside the cancer field to test out bold, novel interventions with the potential to prevent cancer.

Two projects have been funded with ties to the Saskatchewan community. One project in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency will develop a sun safety app that provides prevention focused content and regular text messaging for outdoor workers which is tailored to individual workers based on a self-completed profile of their skin cancer risk, their workplace and job characteristics. As a proof-of-concept, the app will be trialed with outdoor workers in rural municipalities and agriculture in Saskatchewan. The second project will work in partnership with Métis Nation—Saskatchewan (SK), the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and be guided by a Research

Advisory Committee of Elders, survivors, and Local community leaders to conduct community-based research that seeks to understand how cultural programs were developed and create a framework to reduce the incidence of cancer by focusing on an upstream intervention that addresses the root causes of cancer.


Project 1: Sun safety app for outdoor workers: a proof of concept intervention with RCT

Co-applicant: Niels Koehncke, University of Saskatchewan, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and Principal Investigator Thomas Tenkate, Ryerson University

Project 2: Preventing cancer through Métis cultural revitalization: a framework for Saskatchewan

Principal Investigator: Gary Groot, University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, in collaboration with Metis Nation-Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency


For more information on the CCS/CIHR Action Grants: Proof-of-Concept Interventions in Primary Cancer Prevention competition, please visit

About SHRF - Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is the provincial funding agency that funds, supports and promotes the impact of health research that matters to Saskatchewan. SHRF collaborates with stakeholders to contribute to the growth of a high-performing health system, culture of innovation and the improved health of citizens by strengthening research capacity and competitiveness, increasing the investment in health research in Saskatchewan and aligning research with the needs of our stakeholders.

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