Connections Program

Sask-Targeted Accelerator for Research Teams

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Important Dates

Competition Launch: April 4, 2022

Information Webinar: April 20, 2022, 12  p.m. 

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Application Deadline*: May 10, 2022 – 4:30 p.m. CST


Funding Decisions: 12 to 14 business days after application deadline


Funding Start Date: May 31 2022
 

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

Opportunity Details

Purpose and Objectives

Purpose
The Research Connections program aims to increase health research relevance, usability and uptake by supporting short-term, targeted, knowledge mobilization (KMb) initiatives taking place in, and having a practical application for, Saskatchewan knowledge users.


Objectives
The primary objective of the Research Connections grant is to facilitate the sharing of health research knowledge in non-academic mediums or settings. 


In addition, proposed activities must address one, or both, of the following secondary objectives:

1. Facilitate meaningful engagement between stakeholder groups with the intention of building effective relationships for future health research collaborations.

Examples of stakeholder groups include: communities, people with lived experience, decision makers, health practitioners, health care administrators, researchers, educators, policy makers, patient groups, industry, health charities, etc.

2. Facilitate the use and integration of health research knowledge and evidence into practice and decision making.

Funding

Amount and Term

Up to $10,000 is available from SHRF, with required equivalent or greater matching amounts in cash contributions, or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions, (see Matching Funding Requirements in the Application Package.

The grant provided is for up to one year (12 months).

Eligibility

Principal Applicant,

Team Requirements

and Eligible Activities

Principal Applicant

Principal Applicant eligibility will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and where there is no Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place with the Principal Applicant’s institution, there are the additional requirements that the Principal Investigator must meet to be eligible to hold funding:

  • Be employed by an organization in Saskatchewan with an interest in health research and KMb that is eligible to administer the grant funding. Funds must be administered by an organization that is a CRA-qualified donee in Saskatchewan that will provide a statement of account to SHRF, such as a post-secondary institution, health agency, charity or similar;

  • Consider applying with co-principal applicants and/or co-applicants, as appropriate;

  • Reside and work in Saskatchewan during the funding period of the grant; and

  • Will submit only one application as principal applicant per call.


Project Team Requirements

There are no minimum requirements for applicants listed on the application to SHRF. One person must meet the eligibility requirements listed below* for Principal Applicant. 

 

For this funding opportunity, there are no Contribution Forms or additional documents that will need to be shared from Applicants or Personnel invited to this application. Supporters must provide a letter of support.

Examples of Eligible Activities
Below are examples of eligible activities. Please note this is not an exhaustive list. Please contact the program manager if you have questions regarding eligible activities.

  • Adaption, including translations of texts or presentations, to broaden KMb to new audiences;

  • Development of new communication tools for print or online publication;

  • Media events (television/radio/social);

  • Artistic exhibits, performances, festivals;

  • Development and/or use of interactive technologies, audio-visual products, and/or software that affects health outcomes. Funds can be used to identify, assess and strengthen commercialization opportunities in medical and health technologies sectors.

The following are examples of activities that are NOT eligible:

  • Academic dissemination in any format (e.g. journal articles, conference presentations, etc.)

  • Research activities (e.g. collecting or analyzing research data)

  • Research team meetings

  • Grant writing 

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 helpdesk@shrf.ca

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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

For questions about this and other funding opportunities, reach out to fundinginfo@shrf.ca.

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