SK Health Research Foundatiopdate



From the CEO’s Desk 


November 2011

The SHRF Strategic Plan 2011 – 2015 is now available in print and online. I invite you to take a close look at it and connect with us for more information or with ideas about working together to advance health research – the R&D sector of our health system.

The plan is built on advice from our expert strategic evaluation panel last year and on the many conversations we have had in various forums, both provincially and federally.

SHRF’s four strategic goals are: focusing on provincial research priorities; supporting the research environment; encouraging the sharing and use of health research; and achieving excellence.

Three key business strategies will take us forward. First, we will build partnerships with public and private sector organizations to increase resources for health research - providing trusted support. Second, we will lead and co-ordinate strategic health research opportunities for the province - ensuring strong science. Third, we will facilitate linkages across research, innovation and practice - leading to valued impact.

Saskatchewan has many strengths to build on. Our researchers are among world leaders in infectious disease, food and water safety, biotechnology, human growth and development, and community-based population research. Our province is a historical leader in health-care. With partners, SHRF is co-ordinating efforts to increase clinical, patient-oriented research – a vital link to health-care, translating discoveries and new knowledge from bench to bedside to better health and a stronger economy. We welcome your feedback on the plan.

I also look forward to seeing you at our Santé! Awards Evening on December 1st to help us celebrate health research successes in Saskatchewan.

June Bold, CEO



Recent Developments

Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR)
Working with our provincial and national partners, SHRF is facilitating plans to advance patient-oriented research in Saskatchewan.. Patient-oriented research is described by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as the “cornerstone of evidence-informed health care”, and ranges from testing new therapies, such as drug trials, to comparing methods of health care delivery to see what works best or is more efficient. Patient-oriented research aligns well with the priorities of the provincial Health Research Strategy, the recommendations of the 2009 Patient First review, and CIHR’s national efforts to link research and innovation more closely with health care throughout the country.

What SHRF is doing

So far, we have convened a group of key stakeholders to develop a long-term plan for growing and sustaining patient-oriented research in Saskatchewan. The University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, Ministry of Health, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, Saskatoon Health Region, Health Quality Council, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, and Innovation Saskatchewan are members of the working group focused on identifying priorities for patient-oriented research in our province. These priorities will address areas of high disease burden in Saskatchewan, are a provincial priority, and will build on existing research excellence. Work began in summer and will continue through winter, in preparation for a CIHR funding opportunity announcement expected in early 2012.

Once priorities are identified, the group will work on defining a province-wide network to provide research support, training, education, and knowledge translation services.

For details on CIHR’s national SPOR initiative, see CIHR’s website at 

For information about Saskatchewan planning for SPOR, please contact Trina Richman-Monar at SHRF by calling (306)975-1680 or emailing

As we move forward on Saskatchewan’s SPOR initiatives, we will post updates here.


What’s New

Program Updates

2012 Awards Guide
SHRF’s 2012 Awards Guide and 2012 Application Forms will be available at the beginning of December. Watch our website for the online versions and contact our office to have a copy of the 2012 Awards Guide sent to you.


SCI Call for Proposals

We received a good response to our Call for Proposals for Spinal Cord Injury Research. The review committee will be meeting at the end of November and grant competition results will be posted on our website mid-December, after Board approval. We expect the next Call to take place in the fall of 2013 – continue to watch our website for updates.


Important Dates for 2012

March 15th, 2012: Deadline for Establishment Grant Applications and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Applications

October 1st, 2012: Deadline for Health Research Group Grant Applications


Changes to Funding Programs

SHRF was pleased to announce earlier this fall changes to our Establishment Grant program and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Top-up Incentive Award. These changes are based on feedback from the research community and will take effect in 2012. For a complete description of these changes please see the announcement on our website.


Partnered Research Fellowship Opportunities

SHRF partners with agencies to increase the amount of funding available and build capacity in specific research areas. For our 2012 competition, SHRF is offering two partnered Postdoctoral Research Fellowship opportunities: The Terry Fox Postdoctoral Fellow (co‐funded by the Terry Fox Research Institute) and the Crohn’s and Colitis Postdoctoral Fellow (co-funded by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada). For more information on these opportunities, please see the opportunity synopsis posted on our website.

Upcoming “Funding Facts” Information Sessions

Interested in learning more about SHRF, including our funding opportunities, policies, application process and review process? Please join us at one of the information sessions listed below. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion and refreshments provided.

Please RSVP your attendance to Tanya Skorobohach at

University of Regina: Wednesday, December 14th, 11:30am – 1:00pm Room #210, 2 Research Drive, Innovation Place Regina

University of Saskatchewan: Monday, December 19th, 3:00 -4:30pm, 2nd Floor, Marquis Hall


SHRF Santé! Awards Evening 2011

Mark December 1st on your calendars to attend SHRF’s Santé! Awards Evening, our annual celebration of health research in Saskatchewan.

Every year at Santé! we get to meet many people who, through their dedication to our health research community, contribute to this thriving and vibrant sector. Researchers in this province are the R&D sector of a healthy society, continuing to tackle questions that are important to Saskatchewan people. During the evening we recognize the members of the health research community who secured funding from SHRF in 2011-12. We also celebrate those who have distinguished themselves as top researchers – leaders in our community that are moving us forward. A highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the 2011 SHRF Achievement Award Winner.

This year’s Awards Evening will again be a networking event with a brief program, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The event is free, no tickets necessary, however, an RSVP with the names and number of people who will be attending is still required by November 23, 2011 at

Let’s make this year’s event an opportunity to reach more researchers and more supporters of health research, so invite your colleagues, friends and partners! Join us this year at Santé! as we toast Saskatchewan health research successes!

This special evening occurs during Health Research Week (Nov. 27th to Dec. 3rd), a time when SHRF encourages partners to feature and promote health research in the province. If you are planning a Health Research Week event or program, please let us know and we will help promote it by listing it on our website and including it in other announcements about that week.


We are pleased to announce that the revamping of our website is close to being complete. The new site will be launched in early December 2011. The web address is the same,, but the new site provides additional information in the areas of partnering and impact and an improved browsing experience.


Research Connections Sponsored Events
Research Connections events are approved on an ongoing basis and recipients can be found on our website. Below are upcoming sponsored events that are open to the public, either with or without registration:

December 5 and 6 in Saskatoon: Scientist Knowledge Translation Workshop

Baljit Singh, WCVM, University of Saskatchewan
Click here to find out more about this event.


December 7 in Saskatoon: Saskatchewan Cancer Research Day

Anne Leis, Community Health and Epidemiology, Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Click here for more information


Did You Know…

In a September 2011 public opinion survey, 94% of people support having a portion of their Saskatchewan tax dollars go to support health services and systems research.


Note: Statistics are drawn from the Saskatchewan September 2011 OnTopic Omnibus Survey – Insightrix Research Inc.