USask Internal Grants Programs

USask senior administration, departments, colleges, and schools have a number of internal funding programs available for faculty research support. Watch your emails, listservs and college websites for notifications of upcoming research funding opportunities and deadlines. 

Administered by RASI

***Please note that the 2021 competition has not been announced. Funding for this competition is under review***

The Publications Fund offered modest support towards the scholarly and creative works published by University of Saskatchewan faculty. A faculty member could submit one request in either of the following categories:

  • up to $1,500 to assist in Publishing costs;
  • up to $1,500 for a formal Book Publication Subvention; or
  • up to $1,500 for Other Scholarly and Artistic Works as defined in the guidelines.

Tenure-track or tenured University of Saskatchewan faculty members (excluding adjunct and emeritus) were eligible to apply. Faculty in term positions were eligible but at a lower priority.

The 2021 competition has not been announced. Funding for this competition is under review. 

Application Form    Guidelines

Contact: grant.review@usask.ca 

***Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2020-21 year***

Provides modest fund support to faculty who have previously applied to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant competition, or plan to apply in the near future. PNSERC applications are subject to competitive adjudications by members of the President’s NSERC Committee, appointed by the Office of the Vice-President Research.

Eligibility: Applicants must be members of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and have a full‐time academic position with the University of Saskatchewan. Only those requesting support for research that is eligible for funding by NSERC (see NSERC Eligibility Guidelines) may apply.

Agency Deadline: May 15 (or the next working day when this date occurs on a weekend or holiday)

UnivRS Internal deadline will be 5 business days before the agency deadline

Deadline for 2021 Competition:

UnivRS Internal Submission Deadline: 10 May 2021

Agency Submission Deadline: 17 May 2021

    Application Form     Guidelines

Contact: Research Acceleration and Strategic initiatives: grant.review@usask.ca 

The SSHRC Explore and Exchange grants provide support for small-scale research projects and knowledge exchange or mobilization activities in the social sciences and humanities.

SSHRC EXPLORE

$7,000 over 24 months

• Supports small scale research projects within scope of SSHRC’s Insight program.
• Fosters research-based knowledge creation in the social sciences and humanities.
• Helps position recipients for success at the national level.
• Researchers can hold only one SSHRC Explore grant at a time.

SSHRC Explore Guidelines and Applicant Instructions

SSHRC Explore Application

UnivRS Internal Deadline: March 22, 2021. Agency Submission Deadline: March 26, 2021.

Contact: grant.review@usask.ca 

The SSHRC Explore and Exchange grants provide support for small-scale research projects and knowledge exchange or mobilization activities in the social sciences and humanities.

SSHRC EXCHANGE

$5,000 over 24 months

• Supports knowledge exchange or mobilization activities within scope of SSHRC’s Connection or Knowledge Synthesis programs.
• Supports the flow and exchange of social science and humanities knowledge.
• Priority is given to activities involving Indigenous communities.
• Researchers can hold only one SSHRC Exchange grant at a time.

SSHRC Exchange Guidelines and Applicant Instructions

SSHRC Exchange Application

UnivRS Internal Deadline: March 22, 2021. Agency Submission Deadline: March 26, 2021.

Contact: grant.review@usask.ca 

The CIHR Project Grant Bridge Funding Program supports USask faculty, who received a high score in the Project Grant competition but were not funded, in re-applying for CIHR funding.

To be eligible for this bridge funding program, applicants must have gone through the formal USask CIHR Internal Review. For more details about the program and eligibility criteria see program overview and guidelines.

Application Form     Program Overview and Guidelines

Contact: cihr.bridgefunding@usask.ca

Research Junction is a collaboration between the City of Saskatoon and Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives to support the development of joint research projects that address contemporary urban issues for the benefit of Saskatoon residents. As the City and university continue to grow together, combining the expertise of City staff with the aspirations of USask's students and researchers will help shape a vibrant culture of discovery and innovation. 

The program is intended to assist in leveraging institutional and external support for collaborative research grants for which matching contributions and/or institutional support is required. 

The program is focused on Tri-Agency grants, including:

NSERC - CREATE, Alliance

SSHRC - Partnership

CIHR –Team and strategic opportunities

Under exceptional circumstances and depending on fund availability, other programs and/or agencies may be considered.

Administered by the Vice-Provost Faculty Relations

Members of the University academic, student or administrative community are eligible to apply for a Conference Fund Grant ranging in value from $250 and $5,000
Deadlines:January 1, May 1, and September 1
Application
Contact: Office of the Vice-Provost, 306-966-8490/306-966-1923
Formerly New Faculty Start-Up Funding, this program provides start-up funds to all newly tenured, tenure-track and continuing status faculty to help establish a research program at the University. Support includes a new computer and up to $25,000 over five years to match college support for new faculty. Existing faculty may apply for funding to help re-activate a research program.
Deadline: At time of appointment to the U of S 
Application and Guidelines
Contact: Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations, 306-966-8490
A portion of the applicant’s salary is designated as a research grant for an acceptable research project. No additional funds exchange between the University and the applicant. The successful applicant receives a larger net salary because less income tax is deducted
Deadlines: May 1 and November 1 
Application
Contact: Office of the Vice-Provost, 306-966-8485
The Collective Agreement between the University and the Faculty Association (Clause 20.12) permits faculty to receive a portion of her/his sabbatical salary in the form of a research grant
Deadlines: May 1 and November 1
Application
Contact: Office of the Vice-Provost, 306-966-8485