The Leadership Grant is a joint initiative supported by SCPOR and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) to fund patient-oriented research in the province of Saskatchewan. Each grant is jointly funded by SHRF and SCPOR for a total maximum value of $250,000 per grant over two years. The funding is made up of:

SHRF contribution: up to $40,000/year for three years ($120,00 total)
• Funding provided by SHRF will support a certain amount of time release/teaching buy-out to allow the candidate sufficient time to engage with partners and to complete a program of research in Saskatchewan.

SCPOR contribution: up to $65,000/year for the first two years ($130,000 total)
• Funding provided by SCPOR will further support the program of research in Saskatchewan in years one and two, with applicants encouraged to seek other funds to sustain the program of research for year three and beyond. SCPOR funding may not be used for any form of time release.
• Additional in-kind services and supports for grant recipient will be provided by SCPOR through the following platforms: Patient Engagement, Indigenous Research and Engagement Expertise (IREE), Data and Data Services, Knowledge Translations (KT) Training and Capacity Building and Methods.
SHRF and SCPOR funding are awarded together in these relative proportions according to the budget request.

A minimum of five teams will be funded through a competitive peer review process. The application package is available at this link.


For questions about SCPOR Platforms or how SCPOR can support your application, contact:

Kate Dunn
Program Facilitator
Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) | 306-966-7656

SCPOR Support

SCPOR provides in-kind support to principal applicants applying for the POR Leadership grant. There are two phases of support:
• Support Provided During the Application Phase: In-kind support offered to all principal applicants applying for a POR Leadership grant.
• Supports Provided to POR Leadership Grant Recipients: In-kind support provide to successful Leadership grant recipients.
For more information please see Appendix A and B in the Patient-Oriented Research Leadership Grant Application Package.

For questions about eligibility, program guidelines or the peer review process:

Olesya Hursky
Funding Programs Officer
Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) | 306-975-1695

For questions about the application form or technical help with the SHRF RMS or the CCV, contact:

Tanya Skorobohack
Programs Coordinator
Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) | 306-975-1681


Eligibility Check Cut off: October 25, 2018 (4:30 p.m. CST)
Deadline to complete Patient-Oriented Research Module Training: December 5, 2018
Application Deadline*: December 5, 2018 (4:30 p.m. CST)
Funding Decisions: February 28, 2019
Funding Start Date: March 1, 2019

*Check with the host internal deadlines and allow time to obtain signatures.

POR Module Training

SCPOR provides POR module training free of charge for everyone planning to engage in patient-oriented research. Module 1 is Foundations in Patient-Oriented Research and Module 2 is Fundamentals of Health Research in Canada. Module 1 runs from 8:30 AM to 2:45 PM; Module 2 runs from 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM on the same day for participants’ convenience. You can register for these modules on the SCPOR website. Click here for dates, times and registration links.

Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Evaluation Tool

The Patient-Oriented Research Evaluation tool was developed to measure the degree to which a project meets patient-oriented research criteria as defined by the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). Researcher teams are encouraged to look at this tool to help them understand these criteria. Click here for the POR Evaluation Tool.