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Tri-Agency Research Support

USask provides support to researchers applying for funding from federal Tri-Agency granting councils (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC).

 

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada's federal funding agency for health research. Composed of 13 Institutes, they collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

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A CIHR Task-Force was constructed in September 2021 and tasked to compile and submit an actionable report that explores, assesses and recommends staretgies and practices aimed at elevating Project Grant success at USask.

Following the submission of the report to Vice President Research in April 2022, a CIHR Oversight Workgroup was constituted to facilitate implementataion, undertake evaulation and provide comprehensive oversight of the recommendation made in the Task-force report. 

Project Grant is the main source of funding for CIHR. It is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applid knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. There are two competitions per year - Spring (March deadline) and Fall (September deadline).

The newly augmented program for Project Grant has more rigour, depth, and support for applicants. It is designed to offer an intensified and wholesome internal review over an extended time period, including re-application.  Under the amplified program applicants will have an early opportunity to obtain longitudinal guidance/advice, and feedback on their proposal as appropriate.  There will also be some targeted supports for high-ranking project grant applications that were unsuccessful in the previous round.

The program will be available for the Spring 2024 Project Grant competition, and onwards.

Applicants who choose to avail this support, should submit their Notice of Intention (NOI) forms 6 to 18 months of the anticipated application submission deadline.  Their proposals will be assigned to a Strategic Grant Advisor, who will have the relevant research knowledge/expertise, strong reputation for excellence in health research and demonstrated peer review experience of CIHR programs.  A Grant Advisory Team comprising of Strategic Grant Advisor, respective Associate/Vice Dean Research and Research Facilitator will provide the necessary research facilitation support for the duration of the grant application process.  

 Contact Manisha Jalla, Research Development Specialist at Manisha.jalla@usask.ca

The USask Internal Review Program is open to all researchers applying to selected Tri-Agency funding opportunities. This program is a strategic investment in USask researcher success and supports institutional aims to encourage and facilitate research excellence.

The USask Internal Review Program coordinates proposal review to provide high quality feedback to researchers in both the early and final stages of grant development.

Project Grant Program

Timelines - Spring 2024 Project Grant

NOI - CIHR Project Grant

Sex and Gender Checklist

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 (see above for details). For more details about the program and eligibility criteria see program overview and guidelines.

CIHR Project Grant Bridge Funding Program Guidelines

CIHR Project Grant Bridge Funding Application Form

Deadline for the Fall 2023 Project Grant applicants applying to Bridge Funding in Spring is February 20, 2024

CIHR Fall 2023 Project Grant Workshop

Slides  Sex and Gender Considerations in Health Research 

CIHR Spring 2023 Project Grant Workshop

Slides Sex and Gender Considerations

CIHR Fall 2022 Project Grant Workshop

Slides  Video Special Considerations in Application Development

CIHR Spring 2022 Project Grant Workshop

Slides Video Sex and Gender Considerations

CIHR Fall 2021 Project Grant Workshop

Slides Video Sex and Gender Considerations

CIHR Spring 2021 Project Grant Workshop

Slides Video Sex and Gender Considerations

 

Contact Manisha Jalla, Research Development Specialist, CIHR.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is the major federal agency responsible for funding natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. NSERC directly funds university professors and students as well as Canadian companies to perform research and training.

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Discovery Grant (DG) program assists in promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities, fostering research excellence, and providing a stimulating environment for research training. DGs are typically five years in duration and are considered “grants in aid” of research, as they provide long-term operating funds and can facilitate access to funding from other programs but are not meant to support the full costs of a research program. The Notification of Intent Deadline is August 1 and Full Application Deadline is November 1 

Research Tools and Instruments Grant (RTI) program provides the primary avenue for university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering to obtain up to $150,000 in support for research tools and instruments with a net cost between $7,001 and $250,000. The Application Deadline is October 25.

The Collaborative Research and Training Excellence (CREATE) program supports the training and mentoring of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, and address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities, and facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce. The Letter of Intent Deadline is May 1 and the Full Application Deadline is September 22.

Alliance Grants encourage university researchers to collaborate with partner organizations, which can be from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. These grants support research projects led by strong, complementary, collaborative teams that will generate new knowledge and accelerate the application of research results to create benefits for Canada. There is no deadline for this program.

You can view the full list of Applications and Deadlines here on NSERC's website.

The USask Internal Review Program is open to all researchers applying to selected Tri-Agency funding opportunities. This program is a strategic investment in USask researcher success and supports institutional aims to encourage and facilitate research excellence.

The USask Internal Review Program coordinates proposal review to provide high quality feedback to researchers in both the early and final stages of grant development.

Discovery Grant Program

Research Tools and Instruments Grant Program

Timeline - 2023 DG Timeline - 2023 RTI
Intention to Apply - 2023 DG Intention to Apply - 2023 RTI
Additional Information - 2023 DG Additional Information - 2023 RTI
President's NSERC Research Fund (PNSERC) 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. The typical level of support is $5000 - $10000. Given the limited availability of funds, the priority is to support Early Career Researchers.

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.

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

PNSERC 2023 Guidelines

PNSERC Application Form

PNSERC Procedures to Apply and UnivRS How-To

Contact: Michaela Lynds, Research Development Specialist or Manisha Jalla, Research Development Specialist

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

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Connection Grant support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage with participants on research issues of value to them. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant can often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects. Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes, or other events or outreach activities. Value of the grants for events are $7,000 to $25,000 while outreach activites are $7,000 to $50,000. Connection Grants Deadlines are February, May, August, and November.

Insight Development Grant (IDG) support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. Funding is provided for short-term research development projects of up to two years that are proposed by individuals or teams. Insight Development Grants foster research in its early stages, but are not intended to support large-scale initiatives. The value of the grants is $7,000 to $75,000. The Application Deadline is February 2.

Insight Grant (IG) support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for research initiatives of two to five years. Stable support for long-term research initiatives is central to advancing knowledge. It enables scholars to address complex issues about individuals and societies, and to further our collective understanding. The value of Stream A is $7,000 to $100,000 and the value of Stream B is $100,001 to $400,000. The Application Deadline is October 1.

Partnership Engage Grant (PEG) provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. The small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships supported through Partnership Engage Grants are meant to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors. The value is $7,000 to $25,000. Partnership Engage Deadlines are March, June, September, and December.

Partnership Development Grant (PDG) provide support over one to three years to teams/partnerships, led by a project director, to develop research and/or related activities in the social sciences and humanities—these can include knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars, by fostering new partnerships with existing and/or potential partners; or design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that can result in best practices or models—these can either be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level. The value is $75,000 to $200,000. The Application Deadline is November 15.

Partnership Grant provide support for new and existing formal partnerships over four to seven years to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities. This is done through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, as well as through resources as shown by cash and/or in-kind contributions. The Partnership Grants are a two stage process. The value of Stage 1 is up to $20,000 and Stage 2 (by invitation only) is up to $2.5 million. Stage One Applications are due February.

The USask Internal Review Program is open to all researchers applying to selected Tri-Agency funding opportunities. This program is a strategic investment in USask researcher success and supports institutional aims to encourage and facilitate research excellence.

The USask Internal Review Program coordinates proposal review to provide high quality feedback to researchers in both the early and final stages of grant development.

Insight Grant Program

Insight Development Grant Program

Partnership Development Grant Program

Timeline - 2023 Insight Grant 

Timeline - 2023 IDG

Timeline - 2023 PDG

NOI - 2023 Insight Grant

NOI - 2023 IDG

NOI - 2023 PDG

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 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.

UnivRS Internal Deadline for Compliance: March 11, 2024.

Agency Submission Deadline: March 18, 2024.

Note: Please consult with your Research Facilitator or Associate/Vice Dean Research/Director regarding Departmental/College Level Approvals.

Explore 2024 Guidelines       Explore 2024 Application Form

Exchange 2024 Guidelines    Exchange 2024 Application Form 

SSHRC Workshop 2023

Overview

Acfas Slides

Mitacs Slides

Library Slides

Video

Insight Stream

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Partnership Stream

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Connection Stream

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Internal Grants Stream

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SSHRC Explore and Exchange 2022 Workshop

Slides Video

SSHRC IDG 2022 Workshop

Slides Video

SSHRC IG 2021 Workshop

Slides Video

Contact Kristina Rissling Olson, Research Development Specialist, SSHRC.

Interdisciplinary

New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF)

The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) supports world-leading interdisciplinary, international, high-risk / high-reward, transformative and rapid-response Canadian-led research.

Exploration generates opportunities for Canadians to conduct innovative high-risk / high-reward interdisciplinary research. It seeks to inspire projects that bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches by research teams with the capacity to explore something new that might fail, but that has the potential for significant impact. 

Please refer to NFRF's website for information on the Exploration stream or contact rasi.support@usask.ca.

The International stream enhances opportunities for Canadian researchers to partner on international projects. It aims to support international collaborations and position Canada and Canadian researchers as strategic partners at the international level. The International stream includes two mechanisms:
  • joint funding calls with international agencies on topics of international relevance; and
  • a dedicated fund to support participation of Canadian researchers within international teams in projects seeking funding from major global platforms.

Please refer to NFRF's website for information on the International stream or  contact international.office@usask.ca.

Transformation provides large-scale support for Canada to build strength and leadership in interdisciplinary and transformative research. It is designed to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change (high-reward). The challenge may be fundamental, leading to a scientific breakthrough, or applied, with a social, economic, environmental or health impact. Projects are expected to be world-leading, drawing on global research expertise where relevant. 

Please refer to NFRF's website for information on the Transformation stream or contact rasi.support@usask.ca.

Special Calls support research that targets emerging areas and aligns with the fund’s overall objectives. The theme and timing of special calls are determined and approved by the Canada Research Coordinating Committee.

Please refer to NFRF's website for information on Special Calls.

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SSHRC Matters

SSHRC Matters is a research series designed to highlight the importance of social science, humanities and artistic research, scholarship, and expression, as well as its impact on our campus, in our communities, and for our world. Click through each tab below to find out more about the event and to watch a recording if you missed it!

The inaugural event started our converstaion off where it all began....with recognition of the fundamental research relationship between graduate students and their supervisors.

We heard from:

  • Dr. Ryan Walker and Joel Bernbaum (Interdisciplinary)
  • Dr. Jing Xiao and Nataliia Zakharchuk (Education)
  • Dr. Ken Coates and Oxana Pimenova (Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy)

They discussed the importance of student/supervisor relationship, the journey, benefits and challenges to acquiring SSHRC funding, and tips and tricks that foster strong student/supervisor relationships.

The event was cohosted by Dr. Dawn Wallin, OVPR SSHRC Lead, and Dr. Debby Burshtyn, Dean of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

The second session of the series showcased Fine Arts researchers and discuss how Fine Arts scholars are highly engaged in the community.

Join host Dr. Dawn Wallin, OVPR SSHRC Lead and Associate Vice President Research, Engagement.

A panel discussion will be held followed by a casual conversation.

Panelists were:

  • Dr. Jennifer Lang (Department of Music)
  • jake moore (Department of Art and Art History)
  • Deneh'Cho Thompson (Department of Drama)

The event took place on Zoom on Monday, February 14th from 2-4pm. The event was not recorded at the request of the panelists.

This session of the series showcased anti-racism and anti-oppression researchers and discuss how the research reaches across SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR and how it creates impact in the community.

Join host Dr. Dawn Wallin, OVPR SSHRC Lead and Associate Vice President Research, Engagement.

A panel discussion will be held followed by a casual conversation.

Panelists were:

  • Dr. Rachel Loewen Walker (College of Law)
  • Dr. Manuela Valle Castro (College of Medicine)
  • Dr. Carmen Gillies (College of Education)

The event took place on Zoom on Wednesday, April 13th from 12:30-2:30pm.

This session showcased academic and community-based research addressing the issue of violence in Saskatchewan, with a particular emphasis on the work of RESOLVE SK and its partners. A panel discussion was held followed by a casual conversation.

Moderator: Dr. Dawn Wallin, Associate Vice President, Research (Engagement) and SSHRC Lead

Panelists:

  • Jorden Cummings - Director of RESOLVE
  • Sarah Mohammed
  • Tracy Knutson
  • Candice Klein

The event was a hybrid event that took place on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

On Nov 21-22, our campus hosted two SSHRC colleagues, Ursula Gobel, Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement and Advancement of Society and Matthew Lucas, Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Performance, for a campus-wide research event.

They shared Tri-Council developments related to two important initiatives: the Strengthening Indigenous Research Capacity (SIRC) efforts for supporting Indigenous research and training, and the Research Data Management policy.

We also hosted a panel session moderated by Dr. Dawn Wallin, AVPR Engagement and USask SSHRC Lead.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Bobby Henry (College of Arts and Science, Department of Indigenous Studies)
  • Dr. Erika Penz (College of Medicine)
  • Dr. Amanda Froehlich Chow (School of Public Health)

The event was held in person on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. The SSHRC presentations were recorded and can be watched below. The faculty panel was not recorded.

This session showcased the work of researchers whose efforts focus on housing security. A wide variety of housing security initiatives that are currently being undertaken by USask faculty from various disciplines was discussed.

Moderator: Dr. Dawn Wallin, Associate Vice President, Research (Engagement) and SSHRC Lead

Panelists:

  • Sarah Buhler - College of Law
  • Dr. Brenda Mishak - College of Nursing
  • Dr. Keith Da Silva - College of Dentistry
  • Dr. Lori Bradford - College of Engineering

The event was a hybrid event that took place on March 23, 2023.

This session was an innovative panel session that shines a spotlight on researchers who navigate multiple Tri-Agencies (ie. SSHRC and/or CIHR, NSERC) . We dove into their journey of pursuing multiple agency grants, strategic planning, and hear their strategies and tips for applying across multiple agencies.

We had moderator, Dr. Dawn Wallin, Associate Vice President Research, Engagement and USask SSHRC Leader along with the following panelists:

• Dr. Ron Borowsky, Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Science, and USask NSERC Leader
• Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer, Professor with a focus on food systems and food security, nutritional health inequalities, and community-based research, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, College of Medicine
• Dr. Pammla Petrucka, Professor with a focus on global health, vulnerable populations, and maternal/youth health, College of Nursing
• Dr. Bram Noble, Professor with a focus on environmental planning and impact assessment, Department of Geography and Planning, College of Arts and Science, and Vice-Dean Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work, College of Arts and Science

 This session took place hybrid on Monday, October 30, 2023.

This session was presented by Leslie-Ann Schlosser, Director of Research Profile and Impact. ​The Research Profile and Impact (RPI) unit is dedicated to supporting researchers, staff, and leaders in effectively sharing their messages both internally and externally. Their mission is to create compelling materials and innovative tools that contribute to building the reputation of the University of Saskatchewan, showcasing the remarkable research, scholarly, and artistic work happening on our campus daily.

​During this session, Leslie-Ann Schlosser, Director of Research Profile and Impact, sheded light on why storytelling should be an integral part of your research process, not merely an afterthought. Discover how efficient communication, the use of plain language, and leveraging channels such as social media can have a positive impact on both you and your research.

​This was an excellent opportunity to gain valuable insights that will enhance your ability to articulate your research narrative effectively.

It took place virtually on Tuesday, December 19th.

Cette séance inédite en son genre a réuni des membres de la communauté universitaire et des membres de l'Acfas (Association Francophone du Savoir) régionale et nationale. Ils se sont penchés sur les recherches menées en français sur le campus.

Moderator: Dr. Dawn Wallin, Vice-présidente associée de la recherche et leader du CRSH

Speakers:

Dr. Anne Leis, Professeure titulaire, Santé communautaire et épidémiologie, Collège de Médecine

Dr. Marie-Diane Clarke, Professeure titulaire au Département de langues, littératures et études culturelles, Collège des arts et de science

Dr. Romain Chareyron, Professeur adjoint au Département de langues, littératures et études culturelles, Collège des arts et de science

Dr. Stella Spriet, Professeure agrégée au Département de langues, littératures et études culturelles, Collège des arts et de science

Dr. Thierry Drapeau, Directeur, Service d’aide à la recherche en français, Acfas

Dr. Raphaël Pelletier, conseiller à la recherche, Service d’aide à la recherche en français, Acfas

Cette séance s'est déroulée en français et était hybride le 9 février 2024.

 

Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRC) stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development. It invests hundreds of million per year to attract and retain a diverse cadre of world-class researchers, to reinforce academic research and training excellence in Canadian postsecondary institutions. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

The CRC program 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 (TIPS), which is housed within SSHRC.

The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program offers universities the ability to support world‑renowned researchers and their teams to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities.

The CERC program 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 (TIPS), which is housed within SSHRC.

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Listserv

Research listservs are primary modes of communication to researchers. Researchers can subscribe to any of the four available listservs, including Agriculture, Health Sciences (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities (SSHRC). The information posted on these listservs will alert subscribers about the following:

  • Funding Opportunities
  • Funding Deadlines
  • Internal Review Timelines, Notices and Updates
  • Other Agency Announcements (e.g. changes to the Tri-Agency policies)
  • Conference Information Specific to the U of S
  • Workshops
  • Changes within the OVPR 

1. Click on the listserv link below.
2. Enter your e-mail address and then select Subscribe or Unsubscribe.
3. You will receive an email asking you to confirm; click on the URL. You must send the confirmation in order to have your name on the list.
4. A second e-mail will confirm your successful subscription.

Resources

When working on a Tri-Council application, your Research Facilitator is a great resource. They have experience in reviewing grants to strengthen your application. 

When applying for funding, there are a number of steps that must be followed in order to submit a grant to the Tri-Councils. Research Support Specialists, within the Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives Unit are there to help you manage research processes, activities, and obligations. They also provide the liaison support between researchs and funding agencies. Each college or school has a research support specialist assigned to work with them. You can find more information here.

Learn how to apply for funding.

Once you've been successful in your application, a number of steps must be taken. A research fund must be step up. Find out how to set up a research fund. If applicable, ethics must also be applied for. Find out more information on Animal Ethics, or find out more information on Human Ethics.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are key to any successful grant. Not only do you have to consider EDI in how the projects are structures, but you also have to consider EDI in the research itself, including the research team. 

USask has a wide variety of EDI resources.

The University of Saskatchewan's Grants Repository allows you to upload your Tri-Council grant application for other faculty members to see. You can also search for previously successful grants to help in your application development.

Knowledge mobilization is an umbrella term encompassing a wide range of activities relating to the production and use of research results, including knowledge synthesis, dissemination, transfer, exchange, and co-creation or co-production by researchers and knowledge users.

There are various ways to address knowledge mobilization. Within academia, it informs, advances and/or improves: research agendas; theory; and/or methods. Beyond academia, it informs: public debate; policies; and/or practice; enhances/improves services; and/or informs the decisions and/or processes of people in business, government, the media, practitioner communities and civil society.

Learn more about Tri-Council Guidelines for Effective Knowledge Mobilization

A great example of utilizing knowledge mobilization is through Research Impact Canada. They are committed to helping universities and other organizations across Canada maximize the impact of research for communities. From sharing best practices, co-developing resources, to delivering training in knowledge mobilization skills, they are an open and collaborative network of 20+ universities (and growing!) across Canada. They are also bilingual network and have made a commitment to facilitating participation in both languages. They also have guides to help with the key concepts of knowledge mobilization including an assessment planner, planning templating and plain language writing checklist.

Learn more about Research Impact Canada

Knowledge translation (KT) is about raising knowledge users' awareness of research findings and facilitating the use of those findings. CIHR has written this guide as one resource to fill this knowledge gap. We hope this guide will help to strengthen projects that involve a KT approach, while also ensuring that the review of KT within grant proposals is more rigorous and transparent.

Read the Guide to Knowledge Translation Planning at CIHR

As publicly funded organizations, the Tri-Council have a fundamental interest in promoting the availability of findings that result from the research they fund, including research publications and data, to the widest possible audience, and at the earliest possible opportunity. 

The Tri-Council strongly supports open access to research results which promotes the principle of knowledge sharing and mobilization - an essential objective of academia. As research and scholarship become increasingly multi-disciplinary and collaborative, both domestically and internationally, the Agencies are working to facilitate research partnerships by harmonizing domestic policies and aligning with the global movement to open access.

Read more about the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications.

Researchers can comply with this policy by making copies of their articles open access in HARVEST, USask’s digital repository for research. This is a free and legal means of making research outputs open access and fully complies with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. Alternately, if researchers choose to publish in an open access journal with article processing charges (APCs), they may be eligible for discounts or waivers through the University Library’s memberships and subscriptions with publishers. APCs are an acceptable expense in Tri-Agency grant applications.

The Tri-Council has an extensive Research Data Management PolicyEffective research data management (RDM) helps ensure research is conducted to the highest professional and disciplinary standards—that it is performed ethically and efficiently, that experiments and studies are replicable, and that research results are as accessible as possible. The agencies’ RDM policy establishes requirements for institutional RDM strategies, data management plans and data deposit.

As part of the agencies’ ongoing commitment to Canadian research excellence, this policy promotes sound digital data management and data stewardship practices, including practices aligned with Indigenous data sovereignty and in support of the strategic plan Setting new directions to support Indigenous research and research training in Canada 2019 –2022, released by the Canada Research Coordinating Committee in January 2020. It also supports Canadian research integrity and cybersecurity by promoting best practices for safeguarding your research.

USask also hosted in November 2022 two SSHRC colleagues, Ursula Gobel, Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement and Advancement of Society and Matthew Lucas, Executive Director, Corporate Strategy and Performance, for a campus-wide research event to discuss the Tri-Council Research Data Management Policy. Watch the recording to learn more.

To access resources and training related to RDM, please see the University Library’s Research Data Management Guide.

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