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: 

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.