A healthy, successful research program takes time, initiative, perseverance and funding. The more common funding sources are listed below but subscribing to Research Services listservs is the best way to stay current. Learn more and sign up then follow the Research Way to a thriving and successful program of research.
New Faculty Start-Up Funding
New appointees are eligible to apply for a computer, equipment funds and $5,000 operating funds through the Vice-Provost's Office. Equipment funding requests must be matched by the College. Submit your application to the Associate Dean Research, Innovation and Global Initiatives within the first year of appointment.
Proposal Development Assistance (Maximum $1,000)
Assists with preparation of a Tri-Agency (CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC) application. Funds cannot be used to cover costs of research.
President's SSHRC Research Fund (Maximum $7,000)
Provides seed funding. Priority is given to new researchers and must demonstrate eligibility and intention to apply to SSHRC on completion of proposed project.
Publications Fund (Maximum $2,000)
Assists with preparation and publication costs of journal articles and books.
Research Acceleration Program (Maximum $10,000)
Supports proposal and group development activities related to large scale grant applications (Tri-Agency and non Tri-Agency). Funds cannot be used to cover costs of research.
Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI)
The CCSRI recently revamped its research programs. Funding is targeted to support research in three areas: cancer prevention and risk reduction; biomedical/translational; quality of life.
Canadian Diabetes Association
Grants fund research into the prevention, treatment, and management of diabetes.
Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
The national funding agency for health research in Canada, CIHR offers two major funding cycles per year (spring and fall) and funds a wide range of research activities for new and experienced researchers. CIHR consists of 13 institutes with specific research mandates and related funding calls.
Community of Science (COS)
The COS is a database of funding opportunities in all academic disciplines. Funding comes in various forms - grants, fellowships and prizes - from a broad range of sectors.
Heart & Stroke Foundation
Note the Resources for Researchers at the above link. Of primary interest to faculty is the Grants-in-aid program which supports research across four themes including health systems and population health.
Indigenous People's Health Research Centre (IPHRC)
Jointly owned by the UofR, FNUC and the UofS, the Centre is funded by CIHR's Institute of Aboriginal People's Health and offers several opportunities for seed funding and networking.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
NSERC offers research funding for new and experienced scholars, as well as studentships and fellowships for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Nursing faculty may be interested in the Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) Program which supports interdisciplinary collaborative research projects involving any field of the natural sciences or engineering and any field of the health sciences.
Regional Partnership Program (RPP)
CIHR partners with universities and governments to support the development of health research capacity in a number of provinces with small populations, including Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) provides the bulk of the RPP provincial funding and administers the awards. Applications are made through CIHR Priority Announcements on specific grant programs. For more information see Partnership Programs in the SHRF Awards Guide.
Note: CIHR is developing a new model for its partnership programs thus the last competitions to be funded with the existing Saskatchewan-CIHR RPP are as follows:
- New Investigator Salary Award - 17 September, 2012
- Operating Grant - 17 September 2012
Royal University Hospital Foundation Research Grant
A healthy amount (maximum $25,000) for a pilot project, proposed research must be clinically relevant and ultimately benefit patients who for the most part are treated at RUH.
Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF)
As the provincial health research funding agency SHRF offers funding for New Investigators, research group development, fellowships, workshops and conferences, and research chairs. Typically deadlines occur in March and October each year; the annual Awards Guide is issued in December. The 2012 Awards Guide is available online and can be downloaded as a PDF from the SHRF homepage. Print copies of the Awards Guide are available on request from SHRF; contact the Funding Programs Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sigma Theta Tau
Offers small grants to fund nursing education and nursing practice research.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
SSHRC is the national funding agency for social science and humanities research in Canada and offers a range of programs for individual and team-based research and partnerships through its Insight and Connection Programs. This Tri-Agency would be more appropriate for Nursing faculty engaged in educational or leadership research outside the traditional health disciplines. Be sure to review SSHRC's eligibility guidelines for health research.