Applying to CoMRAD

Before Applying to CoMRAD:

  • Carefully review the Guidelines and Application documents. If you have any questions or concerns, please Contact our office immediately and we will be happy to assist you.
  • Create and stick to a detailed timeline. It is important to leave yourself plenty of time to apply to CoMRAD, allowing for technical errors, etc.
    • Application due dates have high user traffic on the website, so plan for a little extra time to submit your application package.
  • Familarize yourself with the SharePoint site, and seek assistance as needed.
  • Use the checklist on the Application form to ensure you have included all necessary attachments.
  • Proofread your Application to avoid errors that can result in disqualification.
If you would like our staff to proofread an Application for you, you must  Contact our office no later than 1 week prior to the deadline.


SharePoint is a highly configurable, web-based collaborative platform that integrates with Microsoft Office. The SharePoint application operates as an effective management and storage system for documents.

The  CoMRAD SharePoint site has been custom-created by Usask's ICT specialists in order to streamline the application process to one of our office's most successful internal research funding awards. Here you will find key dates and deadlines, and all relevant documents and forms.

Using SharePoint:

  • To log in; internal: use your Usask NSID and associated password (as when you log in to PAWS).
  • To log in; external: use "usask/NSID" and the password associated with that NSID (same password, only the login username will differ).
  • To submit your application: during the intake period, there will be a red button that says APPLY HERE. Click that button, and fill out and submit information as necessary.
  • You are able to submit a Draft version of your application. Our office recommends always saving as a draft before submitting.
    • Your application will not be forwarded to your Department Head for approval until you have successfully submitted the completed application.
    • To edit your draft, click 'Edit Item', found in the upper left of the screen.
    • Be careful not to 'Submit' before you are satisfied with your completed application package.
    • Once your application is submitted, there will be no amendments allowed.
Applicants are responsible for the submission of all necessary documents, failure to do so will result in disqualification from the CoMRAD competition. If you are having trouble logging in, attaching documents, or submitting your application, Contact our office immediately for assistance and resources.


Using CoMRAD awards as seed funding that allows for important initial research, recipients continue to demonstrate the immense potential for research excellence that emerges when presented with an opportunity to compete for an internal funding initiative focused on supporting our faculty in launching novel, pilot research projects.

Since 2016, the OVDR has invested a total of $2,419,584.10 in the CoMRAD initiative, including $988,997.49 in donor funds. Our faculty have taken preliminary results from research projects sponsored by CoMRAD and achieved the following as a direct result of CoMRAD funding:

$3,039,275.00 in External Funding Secured
106 Conference Proceedings & Invited Lecturer/Seminar Presentations
43 Abstracts Published
30 External Collaborations Solidified
27 Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles Published
25 Media Releases
9 Postdocs/MSc Students Supported
....More to come!

As the OVDR continues to invest in important internal funding initiatives like CoMRAD, we expect to see continued research success throughout our research community.

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In 2016, the OVDR launched the CoMRAD competition. Designed to provide our talended CoM faculty with seed funding for novel pilot research projects, our office has funded 95 research projects, totaling $2,419,611.10 in the 3 years the CoMRAD initiative has been offered. 163 applications have been put forth so far, indicating a 58% applicant success rate overall.

CoMRAD is increasingly made possible by the generous financial support of our College of Medicine donors. The total amount of donor funds used to fund CoMRAD projects increased from $227,050.00 in 2016 to $651,947.49 in 2018. When endowed to us, some donor funds come with specified constraints as to how they may be spent. As such, in 2018 our office introduced specialized categories of research for faculty to choose from so that we may put this capital to use appropriately, as indicated by the respective donor(s), as well as bolster research excellence in a number of influential areas of health research.

These 7 Funding Streams are a way to filter a mix of donor endowed and operating capital to projects undertaking research of particular topics, while giving qualified applicants increased opportunity to be successful in attaining a CoMRAD award:

Arthritis Research Cancer Research Cardiac Research Geriatric Research
Indigenous Health Research Pediatric Research Psychiatric Research

Note: Projects that do not propose research pertaining to these specified categories will still be considered, and successful projects will be funded using capital from the OVDR's Operating Fund.

Please Contact Us with any questions, concerns, or comments.

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