Internal funding

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

For up-to-date listings,

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,
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, 


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.

Update on SSHRC Explore and Exchange Competitions

The deadline has been extended to April 30th.

$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

Annual Deadline to apply is April 30.  A call for applications will be circulated through our SSHRC listserv.  

Contact: Brittany Walch, Internal Review Specialist, Research Services and Ethics Office, 


Update on SSHRC Explore and Exchange Competitions

Please note that the deadline has been extended to April 30th.

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: Brittany Walch, Internal Review Specialist, Research Services and Ethics Office,

***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, 

***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


Strategic Research Initiatives

Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI), a unit of the Office of the Vice-President Research, aims to increase the research intensity of the University of Saskatchewan by engaging the university research community in the incubation and development of large-scale institutional research programs and infrastructure projects, developing nominations for national and international reputational awards, and assist in linking research and teaching through undergraduate research.  

Programs supported by SRI:

  • NSERC – CREATE, Alliance Grant (large-scale)
  • SSHRC – Partnership Grant
  • CIHR – Team Grant, NEIHR Grant
  • New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF)
  • Genome Canada
  • Canada Research Chairs (CRC)
  • Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC)
  • Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF)
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) – Innovation Fund (IF), Major Science Initiatives Fund (MSI)
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada

*200K Annual Contribution

Contact for more details:


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).