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: Fall 2020 has 19 FYRE courses with over 1700 students particiating.

SURE: Student Undergraduate Research Experience: a new co-curricular credit-based research skill development component facilitated by Undergraduate Research Initiative. Almost 500 students have registered throughout summer and fall 2020. 

FYRE enrolment USask 2013-2020

Note: FYRE enrolment for summer 2020 and winter 2021 are not included. 

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.


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


Provides administrative and operations support to RASI while overseeing engagement through internal communications across USask and external partnership development.