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Solutions Program
Collaborative research addressing Saskatchewan's health challenges
About Solutions

At the core of all SHRF Programs are four guiding principles that align with our strategic direction. These are: solving Saskatchewan health problems; responding to ecosystem needs; expanding partner dollars; and streamlining administrative duties. ​


The Solutions Program aims to mobilize the research ecosystem to focus and coordinate diverse skills and perspectives to address timely Saskatchewan health challenges. This is achieved by providing peer reviewed, competitive funding to support direct research costs for interdisciplinary teams, including knowledge users, conducting projects with measurable impact in focused areas.

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Solutions Focus Areas

SHRF's Solutions Program supports interdisciplinary teams of researchers working hand-in-hand with knowledge users to address timely health needs in Saskatchewan and to promote sustainable impact.

Whether it's through tackling complex problems with creative new approaches or studying the implementation of promising practices and interventions —

the focus is on solutions for better health and healthcare.

SHRF Focus Areas evolve year-to-year, and are selected through a process that considers capacity, need, stakeholder alignment, partnership opportunities, potential for impact, and additional factors. Applications for the chosen Focus Area are accepted in the fall. 

Open Focus Areas

Child & Youth Health


Rural & Remote Health

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Lung Health


Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias

Closed Focus Areas

Please note that while the following focus areas are not accepting applications in this fiscal year, they may be re-opened in future years according to provincial need, capacity, and partnership alignment.


Virtual Care




2021-22 Impact Grant Recipient
Dr. Ivar Mendez
"Delivery of Virtual Care in Saskatchewan: A Strategic Framework and Roadmap for Implementation"

Solutions Program Grants

SHRF's Solutions Program encompasses two research grants:
the Innovation Grant and the Impact Grant.

Innovation Grant:

Objective: Creative problem-solving to catalyze innovative ideas and approaches.

Available funding: Up to $50,000

Time frame: 1 year

Impact Grant:

Objective: Advancing the translation of research into real-world and practical applications.

Available funding: Up to $150,000

Time frame: 2 years

Building your Solutions Research Team

Solutions Research Teams will require: 

- At least two Saskatchewan-based researchers from different disciplines

- At least one Saskatchewan-based knowledge-user

Solutions Research Teams are strongly encouraged to include:

- Those with lived/living experience 

- Support from community leaders/organizations, decision-makers or industry partners

Get in touch

Questions about SHRF's Solutions Program? 

Contact SHRF's Director of Programs and Partnerships, Karen Tilsley, at

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