External Funding

Grants Repository

View successfully-awarded grant applications:

Internal review

The USask Internal Review Program is open to all researchers applying to selected funding opportunities. This program is a strategic investment in researcher success and supports institutional aims to encourage and facilitate research excellence. The Internal Review Program aims to provide high-quality feedback to researchers in both early and final stages of grant development.

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Internal funding

The University of Saskatchewan offers a number of internal funding opportunities to faculty members to support their research, scholarly and artistic activities.

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Members of the University academic, student or administrative community are eligible to apply for a Conference Fund Grant ranging in value from $250 and $5,000
Deadlines:January 1, May 1, and September 1
Contact: Office of the Vice-Provost, 306-966-8490/306-966-1923
The College of Graduate Studies and Research has several sources of funding available for graduate students. Please see the website for a complete list of awards.
Contact: Heather Lukey, Director of Graduate Awards and Scholarships, Finance Officer, Scholarship Liaison Officer for Tri-Agency, CGPS, 306-966-8697, heather.lukey@usask.ca
Formerly New Faculty Start-Up Funding, this program provides start-up funds to all newly tenured, tenure-track and continuing status faculty to help establish a research program at the University. Support includes a new computer and up to $25,000 over five years to match college support for new faculty. Existing faculty may apply for funding to help re-activate a research program.
Deadline: At time of appointment to the U of S 
Application and Guidelines
Contact: Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations, 306-966-8490

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.

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.

Deadline: May 15 (The deadline for 2020 competition is May 25)

Application Form     Guidelines

Contact: Research Services and Ethics Office, grant.review@usask.ca 


Reseach Funding Opportunities 

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.

$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 Explore Guidelines 

SSHRC Explore Application 



$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.

SSHRC Exchange Guidelines

SSHRC Exchange Application

A call for applications will be circulated through our SSHRC listserv.  

Contact: grant.review@usask.ca 


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. For more details about the program and eligibility criteria see program overview and guidelines.

Application Form     Program Overview and Guidelines

Contact: cihr.bridgefunding@usask.ca

***Please note that applications are no longer being accepted for the 2020-21 year***

The Publications Fund offers modest support towards the scholarly and creative works published by University of Saskatchewan faculty. A faculty member can submit one request in either of the following categories:

  • up to $1,500 to assist in Publishing costs;
  • up to $1,500 for a formal Book Publication Subvention; or
  • up to $1,500 for Other Scholarly and Artistic Works as defined in the guidelines.

Tenure-track or tenured University of Saskatchewan faculty members (excluding adjunct and emeritus) are eligible to apply. Faculty in term positions are eligible but at a lower priority.

Applications will be accepted starting June 1, 2020 until May 31, 2021, or until the fund has been expended. 

Application Form    Guidelines

Contact: Jaime Speed, Administrative Coordinator, Research Services and Ethics Office, grant.review@usask.ca 

***Please note that applications are no longer being accepted for the 2020-21 year***

A portion of the applicant’s salary is designated as a research grant for an acceptable research project. No additional funds exchange between the University and the applicant. The successful applicant receives a larger net salary because less income tax is deducted
Deadlines: May 1 and November 1 
Contact: Office of the Vice-Provost, 306-966-8485
The Collective Agreement between the University and the Faculty Association (Clause 20.12) permits faculty to receive a portion of her/his sabbatical salary in the form of a research grant
Deadlines: May 1 and November 1
Contact: Office of the Vice-Provost, 306-966-8485

Institutional funding

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

Awards from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) are granted to the university as an institution rather than to an individual Faculty member.

Therefore, the Vice-President Research (VPR) is accountable for all aspects of the award.  On behalf of the VPR, the Research Services and Ethics Office coordinates the application process, including an internal application development and review process at the pre-submission stage, and oversees post-award administration of all CFI awards.

The CFI has detailed policy and program guidelines and reporting requirements related to the use and administration of the funds.

Current programs:


CFI Competition Deadline

Cyberinfrastructure Initiative - Challenge 1

Contact Sandra Stone for details

John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) 

February and October each year.
Internal deadlines: September and May

Infrastructure Operating Fund (IOF)

Eligible individuals will be notified in January.

Innovation Fund 2019 (IF 2019)

Innovation Fund 2019 – UofS Process

To be announced.

Search the Knowledge Base for up-to-date information.

For more information on the CFI program, contact


Research Support Fund

The cost of research includes both direct and indirect costs.  Indirect costs include maintaining the research space and libraries; cost of utilities for that space; management and administration of research, finances, regulatory requirements and compliance; and liability insurance amongst other costs.  It is difficult to assign these indirect costs to specific projects since the costs are shared across projects.

The Research Support Fund (RSF) (formerly the Federal Indirect Cost Program) is a Government of Canada funding program to assist Canadian post-secondary institutions in offsetting some of the indirect costs involved in administering Tri-Agency awards.  The funds provided are to assist with expenses in five major categories:  Facility, Management & Administration, Resources, Regulatory Requirements and Intellectual Property.  RSF grants are allocated annually based on a 3-year rolling average of an institution’s Tri-Agency revenue.

Under the oversight of the Provost’s Committee on Integrated Planning (PCIP), the USask grant is managed by the Office of the Vice-President Research (OVPR). 

Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)

Updated August 2020

The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

The CRCEF program, which has a total budget of $450 million, has two objectives:

  • as a priority, to provide wage support to universities and health research institutions, both of which are ineligible to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), to help them retain research-related personnel during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic (up to $325 million); and
  • to support extraordinary incremental costs associated with maintaining essential research-related commitments during the COVID-19 pandemic, and then ramping-up to full research activities as physical distancing measures are eased and research activities can resume ($125 million).

University of Saskatchewan (USask) affiliated health research institutions – None

Overview of the method of distribution to affiliated health research institutions – N/A

As reflected in our Mission, Vision and Values, USask is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and believes that our workforce should reflect the diversity of our students and community. Awareness of these intrinsic values is actively promoted at all levels of the university, including by the President and senior leadership. The University Plan 2025 (plan), launched in October 2018, includes diversity as one of four principles woven into the fabric of its framework. The plan focuses institutional efforts on ensuring that diversity, inclusion, and equity are embedded in discussions that influence, shape, and direct development of our institution. Through the execution of the plan, the institution is committed to nurturing a diverse and inclusive work, research and learning environment as a vital, contributing element to the achievement of research and training excellence.

The university is actively taking steps to achieve a place where a sense of belonging is felt by everyone, including women, members of a visible minority/racialized group, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, and any others who contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives.

We have brought this commitment to bear on the management of the CRCEF program.  The university’s equity, diversity and inclusion strategy includes:

1. Inclusive and informed decision-making body

Reporting to the Vice-President Research, the CRCEF Advisory Committee has been established to develop and provide oversight of a transparent and equitable process for distribution of funds for all stages.

Membership includes faculty researchers, senior leaders drawn from the university’s centre and college leadership teams, human resources, finance & resources and research administration, ensuring a breadth of disciplinary and management perspectives, including knowledge of non-traditional, Indigenous and unconventional scholarship and discovery.

This committee is inclusive of individuals from equity-seeking groups and all members have participated in unconscious bias training.  Discussion of equity, diversity and inclusion considerations are part of all meeting discussions.

Decision-making follows Tri-Agency guidelines, inclusive of SSHRC’s Principles for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research.  In addition, the committee has the option of inviting additional expertise from the university community during application review

2. Robust communication strategy inclusive of equity, diversity and inclusion principles

The university employs multiple internal communication channels, including centrally-managed and college-based email distribution, and college and leadership forums.

Communications of CRCEF opportunities all use inclusive language and explicitly state the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion including:

  • Raising awareness of the differential impact that the pandemic may have on equity-seeking groups. (e.g. absence due to need to care for family or due to health concerns)
  • Acknowledging the different ways in which research and discovery are undertaken.

3. Final review prior to submission

The CRCEF committee, supported by faculty researchers and personnel in research administration, financial services and human resources, reviews final decisions to ensure all applicants have been treated equitably.

Decisions are communicated to all applicants, and an option to query decisions is available through the Research Acceleration & Strategic Initiative Unit.

Stage 1 of this program is intended to provide wage support to help retain research-related personnel impacted by the loss or decline in non-government funding.

The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Stage 1 application was submitted on July 6, 2020.   The application process is now closed.  USask did not apply for Stage 2 funding.

Stage 3 funding is intended to support research maintenance and ramp-up costs. Details on the application process are in development.

Eligible expenses for Stage 3 funding will include:

  • Cost incurred associated with maintaining essential research-related activities during the pandemic that are exceptional and incremental to those already covered by existing sources of funds, funded at up to 75%. This includes:
    • animal and specimen care through the crisis period;
    • maintenance of equipment, software, cohorts, datasets, including warranties, licenses and service contracts;
    • technological equipment for remote access to maintain assets; and
    • safety equipment for personnel dedicated to maintenance.
  • Costs incurred associated with full ramp-up of research activities, as physical distancing measures are eased and research activities can resume. Only costs that are exceptional and incremental to those already covered by existing sources of funds will be supported, at up to 75%. Eligible expenses include those incurred at the project level and associated with:
    • re-organizing the research environment and activities;
    • additional costs to bring the research back to its pre-pandemic level, including experiments or related to the restart of collections and datasets (e.g., population-based, environmental);
    • re-scheduling and restarting human and clinical trials;
    • exceptional costs to access special facilities, platforms and resources, knowledge transfer meetings and workshops;
    • restarting, reassembling and safety checks of equipment and facilities;
    • reacquiring lost and donated laboratory and field supplies and equipment, reagents, perishable materials, laboratory animal and other living specimens; and
    • personal protective equipment and related items for research personnel.

Further information on the application process for Stage 3 will be provided at a later date. USask’s internal process is pending, however, if you have questions or ideas regarding Stage 3 funding please contact research.services@usask.ca.

For more information on the CRCEF program at USask, please contact Laura Zink, Director, Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives at research.services@usask.ca or 306-966-7295.