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Research facilitation promotes a vibrant and productive research culture at the University of Saskatchewan through an informal network of skilled professionals who help researchers, colleges and schools, and the institution achieve funding success and research impact.

28 May 2019: NSERC University Information Session

21 May 2019: NSERC Grants Workshop Slides and Video

16 November 2018: SSHRC Insight Development Grant Workshop/Panel Q&A

14 May 2018:  NSERC Grants Workshop Slides and Video

2018:  Significant Contributions Template and Phrase Bank 

5 December 2017:  Open Access and your Research

2 November 2017:  SSHRC Workshop Series – Budget Justification

31 October 2017:  SSHRC Workshop Series – Methodology

26 October 2017:  SSHRC Insight Development Grant Workshop/Panel Q&A

27 September 2017:  NSERC Webinar on How to Submit a Discovery Grant Application

14 September 2017:  NSERC Webinar on How to Submit a Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Application and  FAQ

13 July 2017:  NSERC Webinar on How to Prepare a Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) for Discovery Grants

20 June 2017:  SSHRC Insight Grant Workshop/Panel Q&A

18 May 2017:  NSERC Discovery and Research Tools and Instruments Grants Workshop Slides and Video

9 January 2017:  SSHRC Insight Development Grant Workshop, Q & A Session 

2017: Terms of Reference for  Distinguished Researcher Award and  New Researcher Award

7 December 2016:  SSHRC Webinar on 2017 Insight Development Grant

3 November 2016:  MITACS-SSHRC Information Session  

25 October 2016:  SSHRC Insight Development Grant Workshop Slides

19 September 2016:  CIHR Project Scheme CCV Clinic, Application Update, Q & A Session

7 September 2016:  SSHRC Insight Grant Webinar

26 July 2016:  SSHRC Insight Grant Workshop Slides

28 June 2016:  Grand Challenges Canada Presentation

15 June 2016:  SSHRC Partnership Development Grant Workshop Slides

16 May 2016:  NSERC Discovery and RTI Workshop Slides and Video

5 May 2016:  SSHRC 101 Workshop Slides

11 February 2016:  NSERC Strategic Outreach Presentation and  Strategic Partnership Grant Presentation

8 January 2016:  SSHRC Insight Development Grant Workshop #2 Workshop Slides

30 October 2015:  SSHRC Insight Development Grant Workshop #1 Workshop Slides

19 October 2015:  CFI Consultation Discussion Paper

29 July 2015:  SSHRC Insight Grant Workshop #1 Slides

8 July 2015:  NSERC Discovery Grants Workshop Slides and Video 

17 June 2015:  Research Metrics Webinar Slides 

11 June 2015:  SSHRC Partnership Development Grants (PDG) Workshop Slides

25 May 2015: Patient Oriented Research (POR):  Saskatchewan Style Slides and  SCPOR Governance and Interface with Sk Health System

22 May 2015:  NSERC Update Presentation Slides

6 May 2015:  SSHRC 101 Workshop Slides

29 April 2015:  Writing Winning Grants Presentation Slides-Martin Butler

16 September 2014:  NSERC Discovery Grant Internal Review Briefing Session Slides

Develop your proposal

First Impressions: Titles, keywords, summaries, and opening paragraphs

A positive first impression is an asset within the highly competitive SSHRC research funding environment.  A reviewer’s first impression comes from a number of parts of your application, namely your title, summary, and opening paragraph.


Your title is your first point of contact with your reviewer and is probably the most read piece of your application.  Effective titles help the reviewer understand specifically what is to come.

A good title should:

  • Summarize the main idea simply,
  • Grab your reader’s/reviewer’s attention early,
  • Be fully explanatory when standing alone,
  • Be easily shortened to a running head, and
  • Contain no more that 10 to 15 words.

Additionally, in your title, avoid:

  • Words/phrases that have no purpose (e.g., “a study of” or “an experimental investigation of”),
  • Obscure quotations,
  • Jargon, and
  • Abbreviations or acronyms that are not well known.


While your title might be the most read part of your application, your summary is arguably the most important part of your application for the following reasons:

  1. It is your sales pitch, your first opportunity to create buy-in and support for your research.
  2. Only two reviewers on the adjudication committee will be required to read your application in its entirety; the other members will rely on your summary to give them a clear accurate picture of your project.
  3. Even though the two reviewers will read your entire application, they will have read many applications and may use your summary to refresh their memories of your proposed research project.

A good summary is as succinct overview of your proposed research project written in clear, plain language, using non-technical terms and containing the following elements:

  • The context,
  • The problem and its significance,
  • Your proposed solution,
  • Your main objectives, and
  • The expected contributions to knowledge and societal benefit.

NOTE: Your summary must be written in clear, plain language, using non-technical terms.


A positive first impression of your detailed description is important. Reviewers will often make a decision within the first couple of paragraphs whether your research in significant or not. Convince reviewers early of the importance and necessity of your research and have them on your side from the very beginning.  The rest of your application is further information for, and evidence of why, the research is so important and why you are the one to undertake it.

Your opening paragraph must grab and engage the reviewer. It must:

  1. Contain a succinct problem statement that sets the stage,
  2. Convey a sense of urgency by laying out the problem at hand and answering the question “so what”,
  3. Present a clearly articulated research purpose,
  4. Present well-defined and formulated research objectives (or questions) and
  5. Provide a strong argument for why you are the best researcher to undertake the project.


American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6thedition). Washington, DC: Author.

Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M. (2008). The craft of research (3rd edition). Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

Walters, M. W. (2009). Write an effective funding application: A guide for researchers & scholars. Baltimore, ML: The Johns Hopkins University Press

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Grant applications typically include a Budget Table where you will list in short form the item and dollar amount requested, as well as a Budget Justification section where you will describe in detail for each item, how the dollar amount was arrived at. Below are some resources that may be helpful when planning your budget.


If you wish to include in your budget funds to hire a student, research assistant, research technician, etc., you will need to know first, how to classify the position, and second, what the appropriate rate of pay is.
  •  U of S Classification Guidelines.
  • Rates of Pay for Students.  • Rates of Pay for ASPA, CUPE, etc.  

For more information, please refer to our Research Personnel page.

Equipment and Supplies

It is best to provide quotes for equipment costs and some lab supplies.
When writing up your budget justification, include details such as company name, product number, etc. 
     For example, CRP ELISA kit (Cedarlane, 10011236-96) = $442.96/96-well plate (45 samples/plate + controls) = $9.84/sample x 4 sample time points x 315 subjects = $12,398/3yr = $4,132.80/yr.

Other Costs

  • Travel Expenses

  • Catered Meetings: U of S Catering  Menu and Prices

  • Audio/visual media production (training and consultation)

  • Facilities Management Rentals such as tables, chairs, podiums, etc.

  • Printing Services

  • XL Print and Design for poster printing

Overhead and Indirect Costs

These costs come from the U of S and benefit and support research. They include such items as faculty time, space and its maintenance and servicing (utilities), equipment use and maintenance, insurance and legal services, and services provided by the University's support staff.
The University of Saskatchewan seeks to recover these costs through grant and contract agreements, according to the Institutional Costs of Research Policy

Effective May 1st, 2014 a 25% flat rate is in place for all research agreements, with the exception of clinical trial agreements, which has a rate of 30%.


Appropriate provincial and federal taxes must be included in budget calculations.

For further assistance please contact your local Research Facilitator or Coordinator

Several Canadian Common CV workshops are organized throughout year.

If you require immediate help with your CCV, contact your college Research Facilitator or Coordinator or send your question to

Knowledge Translation (KT) includes dissemination and communication activities undertaken by most researchers, such as KT to peers through conference presentations, publications in peer-reviewed journals and publishing results in open access journals or repositories. It can also involve more intensive dissemination activities that tailor the message and medium to a specific audience such as summary briefings to stakeholders, interactive educational sessions with patients, practitioners and/or policy makers, media engagement and involves the use of knowledge brokers. (reference: WikiSpaces)

The KT section of grant applications has become increasingly important over the past number of years. The ultimate goal of research is to have it put to meaningful use in real world settings and the KT section is where the researcher will describe how he/she will move towards that accomplishment.


Factors to consider in your KT plan may include:

• Formation of a KT committee
• Dissemination of research progress and results to knowledge users through media, websites, and public lectures
• Dissemination to the scientific community through publication and presentations
• Training and mentorship of research personnel
• Leveraging to secure additional funding
• Production of a tool or intellectual property of some kind

For further details and guidelines see  CIHR Guide to KT

Letters of Support for grant applications will often be required from collaborators and those providing monetary and/or in-kind support, including industry partners and the applicant’s department/college/institution.

These letters should include the following:

• Background of the Collaborator/Supporting Organization
• Role the Collaborator/Supporting Organization will have in the project
• Relevance of the Research Project
• Potential Impact of the Research Project
• Support Details (monetary amount, in-kind details such as personnel contribution, etc)

For further details of what these letters should include, see CIHR Guidelines for Writing Letters of Support.

It is best if the researcher can provide a draft letter of support to the “supportee”, outlining what should be included. 

USask Internal Review Program is open to all researchers applying to selected funding opportunities. The Internal Review Program aims to provide high-quality feedback to researchers in both early and final stages of grant development. 

This program is a strategic investment in researcher success and supports institutional aims to encourage and facilitate research excellence.

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All research funding proposals involving USask affiliated applicants (principal and/or co-applicants) must obtain academic and Institutional approval prior to submission to the external funding agency. 

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