Connections Program

Truth and Action

Research Connections Grant

Important Dates

Competition Launch: September 28, 2021

Information Webinar: October 14, 2021, 12 - 1 p.m. 

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Application Deadline*: December 2, 2021 – 4:30 p.m. CST

Funding Decisions: January 28, 2022

Funding Start Date: February 1, 2022

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

Opportunity Details

Purpose and Objectives

The Research Connections program aims to increase health research relevance, usability, and uptake by supporting short-term, targeted, knowledge mobilization or knowledge sharing initiatives taking place in, and having a practical application for Saskatchewan Knowledge Users.

Knowledge sharing and mobilization initiatives can encompass any activity that promotes and/or produces the use of established knowledge, including those that evolve from research or Traditional ways of Knowing, and may involve knowledge synthesis; dissemination; transfer; exchange; and/or co-creation of knowledge. 

Knowledge sharing includes connection with Knowledge Users. These individuals represent organizations that are interested in the practical application of knowledge. A Knowledge User may be a practitioner, health system manager, policymaker, educator, decision-maker, health care administrator, Elder, Knowledge Keeper, community leader or an individual from a health institution, patient group, government organization, etc.

The primary objective of this call is to facilitate the sharing of health research knowledge in non-academic mediums or settings. Proposed activities must address any of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, and/or represent the spirit of the TRC demonstrated by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals guiding the project team.

See examples of eligible activities in the Application Package

Learn more about the intention of this funding call. >


Amount and Term

Up to $10,000 is available from SHRF.

No matching funds are required but are encouraged where available.

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


Principal Applicant

and Team Requirements

Principal Applicant
The Principal Applicant is the individual who is responsible for the overall direction of the proposed activities, assumes administrative responsibility for the funds, reporting requirements, and receives all related correspondence from SHRF. The Principal Applicant submits the application to SHRF and is responsible to meet the submission deadline. The Principal Applicant can be a Knowledge User, Researcher, or Person with Lived Experience (see SHRF Funding Guide for full definitions).

The Principal Applicant must be from a non-profit organization, postsecondary institution, or health agency in Saskatchewan that has a Memorandum of Understanding with SHRF or is a CRA-qualified donee organization and can provide a statement of account to SHRF upon completion of the grant term.

The Principal Applicant must reside within Saskatchewan for the duration of the award.

Project Team Requirements
Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives must be represented on the project team. Team members can participate in one of the following roles:


  1. Applicants: individuals who contribute to the intellectual or scientific direction of the proposed work. They share responsibility for the direction of the proposed activities. They are designated as Principal Applicant, Co-Principal Applicant, or Co-Applicant based on their level of leadership responsibility and involvement. Individuals in these roles may be Researchers, Knowledge Users, or People with Lived Experience.

  2. Personnel: individuals tasked to carry out aspects of the activity and are compensated from the grant funds, including trainees and research staff.

  3. Supporters: individuals or organizations who provide a specific service in a limited and defined role in the proposed activities, have an interest in the project outcomes (i.e. a Knowledge User organization) or represent the private industry.


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.

Information Webinar

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

SHRF is also a subscribing organization to the Canadian Common CV (CCV). See specific program Application Packages for requirements. 

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

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Intention of This Call

SHRF’s mandate is to encourage and fund health research with the goal of improved health of Saskatchewan citizens. We work to align research with the needs of the province and increase the investment in quality research that leads to better health care and healthier communities. The health of our communities is impacted by social, economic and historical factors. Integral to this work is supporting the health outcomes of Indigenous communities.

In 2015, the federal government committed to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) as a measure to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance Canadian society through reconciliation. The primary goals of the TRC are to support Indigenous Peoples and communities to heal, and to restore the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The TRC recommendations are directed by 94 Calls to Action, including calls to guide governments, institutions, civil societies, and individual Canadians. 

As a mechanism for change and action, SHRF recognizes the importance of the TRC and the role for reconciliation in improving health of all Saskatchewan citizens. SHRF will support this change and action by offering Research Connections funding to efforts towards reconciliation for the health of Indigenous Peoples.  

The Research Connections Program aims to increase the sharing of knowledge in ways that are easily accessible and useful for a range of audiences to inform decisions about health practices, programs, and policies. Addressing the TRC Calls to Action, and in the spirit of the commission to reconcile Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples and perspectives, this funding supports knowledge sharing and collaboration activities for a healthy and connected Saskatchewan. 

This call is intended to provide funding that includes but is not limited to activities that: emphasize co-creation; share knowledge and stories; highlight Indigenous ways of knowing; offer recognition of cultural knowledge and ethical protocols; address attitudes, behaviors, institutions, and structures; create cross-cultural and generational interactions and exchanges; provide guidance on culturally responsive healthcare that responds to intersecting barriers to care, with the goal of improving the health of Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan.