Solutions Program

Addictions Focus

Addiction is understood as compulsive behavior and/or substance use, despite negative consequences. With continued behavior/use, a dependency may develop. Changes in the mind and body create distressing symptoms of withdraw when the pattern or use is disrupted. 

Addiction is a pressing health concern for all of Saskatchewan. Driven by a combination of complex health, social and systemic factors, the impact of addictions reaches far and wide into our personal and social lives.  

The Solutions Program - Addictions focus is looking for teams to identify innovative and impactful approaches to address the entire addictions trajectory – from prevention and screening, to harm reduction, treatment and recovery. Working together, including those with lived/living experiences, is a way to help ensure strategies are effective, and services provide the necessary supports.

Solutions Program Pathway


Focus Area Stages

Planning stage

Current stage

Future stages

Final Stage

Important Dates: Addictions Focus

START Launch: May 20, 2021

START Information Webinar: June 2, 2021 – 12 p.m. CST   |  View Recording Here


START Application Deadline*: EXTENDED Rolling intake until August 31, 2021 – 4:30 p.m. CST  OR when funding envelope is spent.

Apply early! 


START Funding Decisions: Within 5 to 8 business days after submission

START Funding End Date: November 30, 2021

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

Solutions Opportunity Opens: July 6, 2021


Solutions Opportunities Information Webinar: July 15, 2021 - 11 a.m. CST  |  View Recording Here

Eligibility Check Opens on SHRF RMS: July 6, 2021

Eligibility Check Cut-off: September 15, 2021 - 4:30 p.m. CST 

Application Deadline*: November 30, 2021 – 4:30 p.m. CST

Funding Decisions: February 23, 2022

Funding Start Date: March 1, 2022

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



Solutions-Targeted Accelerator for Research Teams

The purpose of the START Award is to support meaningful engagement and collaboration activities for the development of research teams to address the Solutions Program focus area. 

Funded activities should directly engage knowledge users, stakeholders, those with lived/living experiences and their supports.

Amount and Term

Between $2,500 - $5,000

Funding end date November 30, 2021

Complete competition objectives, eligibility and application instructions can be found in the application package. 

Applications to the START Award will not be on the SHRF RMS. Please use the link below and follow the application instructions in the application package carefully. 

If you have questions, contact

START Award Information Session Recording

2021-22 Solutions Program Opportunities

Mobilizing the research community and its partners to focus and coordinate their diverse skills and perspectives to address timely Saskatchewan health challenges.

Innovation Grant

Amount: $50,000
Term: 1-year
Objective: Support 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

Amount: $150,000
Term: 2-years
Objective: Support 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.


Applicants under this partner opportunity must address one or more of the following areas related to lung health: 


Indigenous Peoples Health
Investing in research which considers how to better serve Indigenous Peoples of Saskatchewan regarding lung health is important to The Lung Association of Saskatchewan. Research that is relevant to Indigenous People of Saskatchewan and incorporates both traditional Indigenous practices and demonstrates impact in lung health and lung health practices, is an essential step in providing culturally sensitive healthcare. 


Lung Health
There are significant public health concerns associated with tobacco, cannabis, and vaping use. The Lung Association of Saskatchewan is concerned about the health impact on lung health and encourages continued research into the health effects of inhaling substances. 


Patient and/or Caregiver Education
Patients and caregivers have key roles in self-managing lung disease to live as well as possible. The Lung Association of Saskatchewan is interested in research which examines the kind of patient and caregiver education that is essential to better self-manage lung disease. Of particular interest, is research that examines the health outcomes related to patient and caregiver education.


SCPOR will support up to one (1) Innovation and one (1) Impact grant to advance patient-oriented research (POR) conducted within Saskatchewan. Projects must be patient-identified priorities related to the focus area of addiction, and engage Patient Partners as members of the research team throughout the process. Patient Partners include those with personal experience of a health issue, as well as informal caregivers, including family and friends, community or public representatives, individuals from patient organizations or others who have lived experience with illness.

The knowledge generated from the projects are intended to improve health care systems and practices, leading to greater quality, accountability and accessibility of care.

More details on the SCPOR opportunity requirements can be found in the Application Package. 

Interested in partnering with SHRF on the Solutions: Addictions focus area or another focus area? Contact us today or learn more about our partnerships. 

If you are a person with lived/living experience, a community partner or anyone else looking to work on a team, contact us and we help facilitate a connection. 

Solutions Addictions Full Application Information Session Recording

Program Contacts

Cara Spence, Ph.D.

Acting Director of Programs and Partnerships

Chelsea Cunningham, Ph.D.

Programs and Peer Review Manager

General Inquiries