Solutions Program

Partner Focus Areas

SHRF seeks to engage local and national partners to align research with the needs of the province, increasing the investment in quality research for better health care and healthier communities.

Whether or not you have been involved in research before, the Solutions Program is a way
to contribute to the collective effort of research that is relevant and responsive to the needs of the people in SK.

Engagement of new and existing partnerships helps SHRF to respond to SK health challenges. We look for partners throughout the duration of the program – from the development of ideas to the final opportunity – we are all in this together. 

There are several ways to be involved in the pathway – reach out to SHRF to determine how you can contribute to the Solutions.

Important Dates

Eligibility Check Opens on SHRF RMS: August 3, 2021

Eligibility Check Cut-off: EXTENDED September 29, 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.

Current Funding Opportunities

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


Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias Focus

In partnership with:
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All applications must focus on direct benefits for persons with dementia and their caregivers and address one or more of the following areas related to dementia: 


  • Diagnosis

  • Prevention/Risk Reduction

  • Culturally Sensitive Care

  • Long Term Care

  • Palliative Care

  • Social Inclusion

See Application Package for full details, eligibility and team requirements. 

Available Funding
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.

Chronic Diseases in Indigenous Communities

In partnership with:


At least one of the following target chronic diseases within Indigenous Communities in Saskatchewan: 

  • Type 2 Diabetes (T2D);

  • Heart Failure; or

  • Chronic Respiratory Diseases Disease (i.e. COPD or PF-ILD) 

Projects must then align with Boehringer Ingelheim’s Pathways Framework, which reflects the values, strategic objectives and principles of BICL to support ongoing investments in Indigenous health initiatives with Indigenous peoples across Canada.

See Application Package for full details on the framework, eligibility and team requirements. 

Read more about this partnership here >

Available Funding
Impact Grant

Amount: $150,000
Term: 2-year
Objective: Support transdisciplinary teams that include knowledge-users and knowledge-keepers to advance the translation of research into real world settings and practical applications to address the focus area in this competition. Projects will focus on the transformation and structural changes required to address conditions which maintain health gaps and disparities. The project must be consistent with the goals, values, and the self-determination of Indigenous health within communities and relationships. 

Program Contacts

Cara Spence, Ph.D.

Acting Director of Programs and Partnerships

Chelsea Cunningham, Ph.D.

Programs and Peer Review Manager

General Inquiries