Call for Projects and Proposals

The OVDR issued an official call for proposals for Dean's Summer Research Projects on October 4, 2019.

Approved research project proposals will be posted on the  Dean's Project Google Drive for review on January 6, 2020. Students may then contact faculty members to express their interest in working on their project.

Once a student and supervisor enter an agreement to work together, they submit a Student-Supervisor agreement to our office, and the project will be removed from the available projects on the google drive. 

Faculty Proposal Deadline: 4:00 pm November 13, 2019.

Student-Supervisor Agreement Deadline: 4:00 pm February 1, 2020.

Please Contact our office with any inquiries.

Our 2020 adjudicators are provided with a comprehensive grading guide. 

New this year, we will have three general adjudication panels to help match adjudicator expertise with proposal content: Biomedical, Clinical and Social/Population Health research. Faculty will indicate in their proposal where they would like to be placed. 

 Find the Grading Guide below.

Please Contact our office with any inquiries.

Choosing Your Project

In October, the OVDR issued a call to all College of Medicine (CoM) faculty to submit a short project proposal. All proposals for the current year will appear on the  Dean's Project Google Drive January 6, 2020.

If there is a project that interests you and you would like to participate, approach the faculty member listed and provide an expression of interest. 

Once a faculty member and student agree to work together, they submit a student-supervisor agreement to the OVDR., and we will remove the projects from the available projects listed in the google drive. 

Student-Supervisor agreements are due to the OVDR by 4:00 pm February 1, 2020.

Please Contact our office with any inquiries.
Date Activity
October 4, 2019 Call for projects released, documents posted.
November 13, 2019 4:00 PM

Deadline for faculty to submit Project Proposals to OVDR.

If using Cancer Agency data, completed data request form due to Cancer Agency by 4:00 pm.
November 20, 2019 Proposals sent to adjudicators
January 3, 2020

Faculty notified of Proposal success.

Successful faculty to secure appropriate approvals (operational, ethics, community).
January 6, 2020

Applications of successful proposals to be posted online for students viewing.

Students to contact faculty members to express interest and interview.

When students and faculty agree to work together, they submit a student-supervisor agreement to the OVDR to removed the project from available projects list.

February 1, 2020 Signed student-supervisor agreements must be submitted to the OVDR.
May 1/June1, 2020 Projects Begin.
June/July, 2020 Mid-point evaluations due.
August 31, 2020 All projects must be completed.
September 25, 2020 Final reports due.
October 2020 College of Medicine Undergraduate Summer Research Poster Day
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SCPOR Partnership

The Saskatchewan Center for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) will provide matched funding for Dean’s projects focused on Patient-Oriented Research.

Students who are matched to a SCPOR funded project will become SCPOR trainees, and have access to extra training, platform supports, and STEP funding.

SCPOR Trainees are required to engage patients and families in their project. CIHR requires and SCPOR endorses that patients and families are provided honoraria and expense reimbursement for their participation on research project teams. To ensure SCPOR trainees have funds to support this, trainees may request funding through the SCPOR Trainee Engagement with Patient Funding (STEP Funding).

SCPOR Trainees may apply for up to $2,500.00 to support Patient and Families Advisors (PFAs) to meaningfully participate as members of the research project team. STEP funding applications must be submitted to SCPOR between May and August 2020.

STEP Funding may be used to cover: Patient and Family Advisor honoraria, Patient and Family Advisor expenses, and expenses for the trainee to travel to Patients and Families Advisors if required. Trainees who wish to access STEP funding will be required to complete a one-day SPOR module training course on patient engagement.

How To Apply

To Apply:

  1. An annual call for proposals is sent out to all faculty in the fall. Faculty will fill in the faculty application form and develop a 1-page proposal for a potential summer project, and submit it to the OVDR by 4:00 PM on November 13, 2019.
  2. Proposals will be adjudicated, and the OVDR will award projects for the 2020 Summer Research Project program based on quality of proposals and funding available.
  3. The OVDR will post awarded 2020 project proposals on the dean’s projects google drive for students to review on January 6, 2020.
  4. Interested students may contact faculty with awarded proposals to express their interest in working with them.
  5. Faculty and students who have agreed to work together return a student-supervisor agreement to our office, and we will remove the matched proposal from the google drive.
Please Contact our office with any inquiries.

Any research or study conducted at University of Saskatchewan facilities, or undertaken by persons connected to the University, involving human subjects, animals or biohazardous materials must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board (REB) or Committee.

For More information, please access  Ethics.

Faculty are responsible to obtain research ethics in advance of the May 1, 2020 project start date. 

Saskatoon Health Region

Any research, funded and non-funded, involving Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) resources and/or conducted in its facilities must receive formal Operational Approval before it may begin. This includes any research that utilizes the resources, data, programs and/or services of the Health Region, its patients/clients/residents, and also includes research conducted in its affiliates and community-based organizations.

For further information see SHR Operational Approval.

Regina area of Saskatchewan Health Authority

Considerable health care research takes place within the Regina area of Saskatchewan Health Authority. At Research and Performance Support (RPS), we believe that through the process of scientific inquiry, research is integral to excellence in health care. Research promotes the advancement of knowledge and collaboration in health care practices. RPS undertakes, oversees, and supports many different health-related research projects in the Regina area of Saskatchewan Health Authority.

For further information see RQ Health Research & Performance Support.

University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Office

All research conducted at the University of Saskatchewan involving humans or other animals, or involving access to personal data (including medical records) requires prior approval by the research ethics office. Please follow the above link for more information and to access the most recent versions of application forms.

For further information see Ethics.

Saskatchewan Cancer Agency Data

If your project requires access to Cancer Agency information (charts or electronic data) you are required to submit a data request form to the Cancer Agency by November 13, 2019. To obtain a copy of the form or any questions regarding Cancer Agency approval, contact the data access coordinator via Email. You will be informed of a decision by December 20th, at which time you will need to provide the OVDR a copy of the conditional approval letter.

Fall Poster Day

All recipients of Dean's Summer Research Projects are required to participate in a Fall Poster Day, held in October or November of each year. The full-day event takes place the D-Wing Atrium, Health Sciences Building, and gives our awardees the opportunity to present their research findings on individually crafted posters. A poster template is provided, and can be accessed via Google Drive.

At the poster day, awardees will make 3-5 minute presentations of their posters to an expert adjudicator for scoring. After presenting, students are free to visit other posters, enjoy some refreshments, or network at their leisure.

At the end of the day, Poster Day Awards will be announced by Dr. Marek Radomski, Vice-Dean Research.

A detailed agenda will be provided to all Fall Poster Day participants well in advance of the event, so keep an eye on your inbox if you are an award recipient.

Contact Us with any questions.

Contact Us.

The Office of the Vice-Dean Research is presently located in D-Wing of the Health Sciences Building on the U of S campus.  Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, and closed for Statutory Holidays.  Please feel free to drop in and chat with our staff, or contact us via    Email or phone at (306)966-8119.

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College of Medicine
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107 Wiggins Road
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