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 strategic, multi-disciplinary and large-scale funding calls from across the Tri-Agencies, CFI, and TIPS, including CRC, CERC, NFRF-Transformation and CFREF programs.

SIRI provides post-award grant and project management support for select institutional initiatives, including the CFI and CRC programs.


Provides guidance in submitting funding applications in UniVRS, assistance with academic and institutional approvals, compliance reviews, and other administrative supports when applying to funding agencies including NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR.  Provides post-award support, from requesting research funds, inter-institutional transfers, and other research activities.

The security specialist acts an expert resource to the research community and leader by navigating new and changing requirements from the federal, provincial governments and international regulations on national security guidelines related to research partnerships.   


As part of the Grant Management Strategic Priority Project, two Research Specialist Post-Award positions provide holistic post-award support to the social sciences, humanities and fine arts disciplines within the College of Arts and Science.


Fosters excellence across USask’s research, scholarly and artistic communities through targeted programming and initiatives. This team manages a suite of strategic programs, projects, and supports RASI’s operations while providing project management for the Director. StRIDE provides engagement with the USask community through internal communications, events, and workshops and engages with external partners in partnership development. Programming support research career development, from undergraduate students, to early career researchers and established researchers.


The Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Initiative, works with multiple USask portfolios supporting undergraduate research through programs such as FYRE, SURE, and MentorSTEP.

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