All USask researchers are encouraged to develop project applications for Tri-Agency funding. 

The three Tri-Agencies are:

Are you working on a Tri-Agency application? Your college research facilitator is a great resource.

RASI has developed targeted supports for particular and select large-scale Tri-Agency research grants such as SSHRC PDG and Insight grants; CIHR Project grants; NSERC Discovery and RTI grants. 

Tri-Agency Leaders

Tri-Agency Leaders are leading USask researchers. Reporting to the Vice-President Research, these delegates act as a campus presence for each of the three Tri-Agency members:

SSHRC: Dawn Wallin
NSERC: Ron Borowsky
CIHR: Darcy Marciniuk

Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF)

The Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) supports innovative research that creates long-term economic advantages to catapult Canada to the global stage. CFREF helps institutions:

  • Support large-scale strategic initiatives in areas where institutions have already demonstrated strength and leadership;
  • Further expand their institutional vision and leadership role on the international stage;
  • Make strategic investments in areas which have the potential to create long-term economic advantages for Canada.

CFREF Pre-Call: Internal Expression of Interest

Although a formal call has not yet been released, in anticipation USask is beginning its internal process for this competition. We expect a formal announcement in Fall 2021 that will likely include the following expectations:

  • One application per institution
  • Award term of up to 7 years
  • No prescribed award amount
  • Sharpened focus on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Early Career Researchers
  • Similar selection criteria as in the past

Anticipated Timeline

  • 4 October 2021 – Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)
  • 15 November 2021 – EOI due to rasi.support@usask.ca
  • 1 December 2021 (anticipated) – Selection of 1 USask proposal after a 2-phased adjudication process that will engage college leadership and is anticipated to include ptiches for the top 1-3 submissions.
  • Spring 2022 – CFREF Letter of Intent due
  • Fall 2022 – CFREF Full Applications due

USask Expression of Interest

To submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), please submit the USask EOI form to rasi.support@usask.ca by 15 November 2021. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with their Associate or Vice-Dean Research to discuss their idea and build a cross-unit approach.

We encourage all applicants to review the following resources when preparing your EOI:

For more information contact rasi.support@usask.ca.

CFREF is a tri-agency initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, which is housed within SSHRC.

NSERC USRA (Undergraduate Student Research Award)

Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives is the institutional home for the NSERC USRA (Undergraduate Student Research Awards). Please see our NSERC USRA page for more information.

Internal Review

The  Internal Review program will help coordinate a review of your Tri-Agency proposal. The review process provides feedback for improvement and revision before submission. See the link below for more details.