Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives

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Essential full spectrum grant support | Giving researchers a competitive edge

Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives (RASI) has a two-part interrelated mandate: 

Research Acceleration – Providing a full suite of strategic and practical supports across the application cycle to position researchers and research groups for success in individual, collaborative and institutional grants. 

Strategic Initiatives – Leading and implementing strategic institutional initiatives to support research career development for both faculty and undergraduate students: Research grant support (pre- and post-award); Large-scale and institutional grant facilitation and management; Undergraduate research; Partner engagement and research cluster development.

All USask researchers connect with RASI at some point in their research journey. Here are some common questions: 

Why RASI? Our Metrics

RASI is your partner for research success, with expertise in:

  • finding the appropriate funding for your project
  • results-driven project and proposal development

Awarded Grants Managed by RASI

Awarded Grants managed by RASI 2017-2020


SSHRC Awarded and Success Rates:

SSHRC Awarded and Success Rates: RASI 2018-2020


NSERC Awarded and Success Rates: 

NSERC Awarded and success rates: RASI 2018-2020


CIHR Awarded and Success Rates: 

CIHR Awarded and Success Rates: RASI 2018-2020


RASI is your partner for research success, with expertise in:

  • successful research chairs across the spectrum 

Research Chairs at USask: 

Research Chairs USask 2020


Research Chairs per college: 

Research Chairs USask per college



RASI is your partner for research success, with expertise in:

  • finding the appropriate funding for your project
  • intuitive research services for the lifecycle of your grant
  • support for Indigenous community-engaged research and scholarship and equity, diversity and inclusion

Internal Funding Programs

Internal Funding Programs: Awarded Projects


Applications Reviewed by RASI: 

Applications reviewed by RASI 2017-2020


Median Grant Processing Time: 

Median Grant Processing Time: RASI Research Services




RASI is your partner for research success, with expertise in:

  • connecting to undergraduate student research and to the larger public

FYRE: First Year Research Experience: To date, over 17,000 USask student enrolments in FYRE classes across all disciplines.

FYRE enrolment 2013-2021

SURE: Student Undergraduate Research Experiencea co-curricular credit-based research skill development component facilitated by Undergraduate Research Initiative. Over 1000 students have participated in SURE since its creation in May 2020.  


Our People

Dedicated RASI leadership brings extensive institutional experience, professionalism, vision and connections to your research.


Offers a competitive edge to faculty applying to large-scale funding calls from across the Tri-Agencies as well as other select programs.


Provides service and expertise for submitting in UnivRS, academic and institutional approvals, and compliance reviews when applying to funding agencies, and post-award support.


Supports faculty research careers through the management of institutional programs such as Canada Research Chairs and other Tri-Agency institutional programs eg. CFI.


Coordinates internal reviews for select funding opportunities and facilitates research excellence by providing high-quality feedback; also, administers key internal funding programs. Provides administrative and operations support to RASI while overseeing engagement through internal communications across USask and external paternship development.


Works with multiple USask portfolios supporting undergraduate research, including course-based and summer research opportunities.