Solutions Program
Solutions Program

Virtual Care

Innovation and Impact Grants

Important Dates

Competition Launch: July 6, 2021

Information Webinar: July 15, 2021, 11 a.m. 

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Eligibility Check Cut-off: EXTENDED September 29, 2021 - 4:30 p.m. CST

Application Deadline*: EXTENDED December 7, 2021 – 4:30 p.m. CST

Funding Decisions: February 23, 2022

Funding Start Date: March 1, 2022

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

Opportunity Details

Purpose and Objectives

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

Impact Grant

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.

Learn more about the focus of this funding call. >

Opportunity Partners

Strategic Framework for Virtual Care

in partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Health

In support of the ongoing development of the MOH Strategic Framework for Virtual Care, the successfully funded team will work directly with the MOH as part of the research team. Applications to this funding opportunity must be related to at least one or more of the following:


  • The appropriateness of virtual care, with a specific focus on identifying those individuals, circumstances / settings, conditions that are not suitable for virtual care;

  • Opportunities to improve health equity through the use of virtual care;

  • Development and validation of tools and applications that enable patients to have effective interactions with providers through virtual care

  • Measurement and evaluation, including:

    • Development and validation of appropriate and available process, output, outcome measures, and evidence informed targets, including baseline measures;

    • Research and development of an evaluation framework to guide the assessment of the progress of virtual care in Saskatchewan in 5 and 10 years.


Amount and Term

Impact Grant

Up to $150,000 for 2 years


Research Team Requirements

The Solutions program aims to support research with the potential to make a difference in
Saskatchewan for the selected focus area. Therefore, research teams should be collaborative and constituted to support the goals of the proposed research and potential impacts, with the program purpose and opportunity objectives in mind.

The following minimum team requirements must be met at both eligibility and application

  • Two (2) Saskatchewan-based researchers from different disciplines as applicants, including one of whom meets the eligibility requirements for a Principal Investigator

  • One (1) Saskatchewan-based knowledge user applicant



  • Having patients or people with lived/living experience on your team is strongly encouraged. If this role is not represented on the research team, please justify at eligibility.

  • Once the minimum team member requirements are met, additional team members from within or outside Saskatchewan may be included in any role.

  • There is no maximum number of team members; however, all team members should have a clear role and demonstrate how their expertise is beneficial in addressing the research question(s) and/or potential impacts.

  • To support mentorship and capacity building, teams are encouraged to have both early career and established investigators, with trainees as appropriate. Novice and early career researchers applying as Principal Investigators are encouraged to have experienced co-lead(s).

  • Having relevant supporters, including health system decision-makers, community leaders, community organizations, industry partners, etc. is strongly encouraged, as appropriate for the proposed project.

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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Virtual Care Focus

Virtual care (i.e. remote medicine, digital care, tele-health) has the potential to connect patients to the care they need, when and where they need it. It may also serve to enhance coordination and quality of care. The ethical, innovative, and effective use of virtual care has many potential impacts such as: improving patient/client’s experiences and outcomes; ensuring safe and equitable access to high-quality care; enhancing efficiency and appropriateness of care and reducing costs; enhancing team based care; and improving communication and coordination between care providers and sectors - from public health promotion, to community care, acute care, and long-term care.  

To achieve these impacts, we are asked the research community and their partners to come together to understand and address questions, tackle challenges and develop evidence related to: 1) evidence-informed practice in delivering virtual care; 2) developing, validating and implementing tools and applications, including artificial intelligence, to enable virtual care; 3) issues of governance, policies and workflow; and privacy and confidentiality; 4) continuing provider education and patient empowerment;  5) individual and systemic barriers to uptake by patients and providers, as well as the implementation in the larger system.


Solutions Focus Pathway


Focus Area Stages

Planning stage

Current stage

Future stages

Final Stage