College of Medicine Research Award

The OVDR is proud to offer a competitive funding opportunity open to all faculty members with a primary academic appointment in the College of Medicine that will continue until the end of the full granting period. The capital purpose of the CoMRAD is to provide seed funding for novel pilot and/or feasibility studies that will facilitate future applications to external funding sources on a provincial, national, and global level.

Visit the CoMRAD page for detailed information about the application process, funding, and using  SharePoint.

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College of Medicine Matching Fund

In recognition of the increasingly competitive environment in pursuit of external research funding, the Office of the Vice-Dean Research (OVDR) is delighted to introduce the CoM Matching Fund. Funding support from a researcher's institution can increase the probability of an application achieving success, thus the OVDR is offering our researchers this exciting opportunity. All eligible CoM faculty may apply for Matching Funding for national and international competitions to strengthen applications and demonstrate our support for proposed projects.

The awarded value of the CoM Matching Fund is dependent on the amount requested of the external agency. Depending on the level of promised funding and yearly fiscal constraints, our commitment will either be administered as a lump sum or on a yearly basis over the duration of the grant. As this is an ongoing call, there may be insufficient funds to award all requests. Awards will be dependent on number and quality of applications submitted.

  • External awards of ≥$1,000,000 are eligible for up to $100,000.
  • External awards of ≥$500,000 to <$999,999 are eligible for up to $50,000.
  • External awards of $100,000 to <$499,999 are eligible for up to $25,000.
  • External awards of ≥$99,999 are eligible for up to $10,000.
Details can be found by accessing the Guidelines document.
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College of Medicine Bridge Funding

Aimed at supporting College of Medicine (CoM) faculty in achievements of research excellence and encouraging application for Tri-Agency funding, this competitive initiative is available to all faculty with a primary academic appointment in the CoM that will continue through the full granting period. 

Bridge Funding can be obtained for:

  • CIHR Project Grants; up to $100,000 CAD for 2 years
  • NSERC Discovery Grants; up to $50,000 CAD for 2 years
  • SSHRC Insight Grants; up to $40,000 CAD for 2 years

To Apply: Within 2 weeks of final notification of the Tri-Agency results, applicants must submit documentation of 2 high quality reviews of the application considered for bridge funding, and a copy of the Tri-Agency notice of award (notice of decision document) and the reviewer's comments as a single PDF document via Email.

Note: Paper applications will not be accepted.  CoMBRIDGE notifications of decision will be sent via email.

Detailed information can be found on the Guidelines document. 
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College of Medicine Supplemental Publication Funding

Aiming to advance the College of Medicine's research profile, the OVDR is pleased to offer a funding initiative to provide resources and support to faculty who have carried a research project forward to the point of publication.  In providing this opportunity, the OVDR facilitates an award with a maximum value of $1,000 CAD.  The award is not intended to cover the entire publication fee, but rather meant to provide the applicant with assistance and encouragement in continuing efforts towards research excellence.

All articles must be published in a peer-reviewed journal, submission of the article to the OVDR upon publication is a mandatory condition of Supplemental Publication Funding recipients.

To Apply: Download and fill out the application PDF, then submit via Email. The OVDR will contact you after your application has been assessed.

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Dean's Summer Research Projects

Open to all first and second year undergraduate medical students, the Dean’s Summer Research Projects program acts to facilitate exposure to scientific research, fostering skills that will be crucial throughout our students’ careers as medical professionals.  The initiative is intended to ignite a passion for research, promoting an understanding of the vital role research plays in health care today.

To Apply:

1. Access the Application Document below, complete in full, and submit an electronic PDF to the OVDR via Email.  The application should be predominantly written by the student, with guidance provided as needed by the supervisor.

2. The Agreement Acknowledged must be signed by both the student and the supervisor.  A scanned copy of the Agreement will need to be submitted to the OVDR via Email and attached to the application.

Note: Both steps are mandatory.  Applications will not be considered if any part of the process is missing or incomplete.

Detailed information can be found by accessing Dean's Projects .

Biomedical Summer Research Projects

The Biomedical Summer Research Projects initiative facilitates the research training of undergraduate students enrolled in the following programs: Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Physiology, and Pharmacology. The primary purpose of the Biomedical Summer Research Projects is to encourage students to pursue further education through graduate studies, therefore, priority will be given to applicants with a GPA in their last 60 credit units of 80% or higher. However, this initiative is available to all Biomedical Science students in years 2nd through 4th, and students with a GPA of less than 80% may still apply. 

Only one application will be accepted from any eligible student per year. Supervisors may submit more than one application. Each project must have a clearly defined beginning, middle, and end. Projects may be intertwined, but they cannot be dependent on each other. Supervisors must be faculty in the College of Medicine for the duration of the award period. 

Biomedical Summer Research Projects are a maximum of 10 weeks in length and run over the summer months (May-August) exclusively. Depending on the quality of applications, the OVDR expects to fund 15–18 projects for the summer of 2019.

To Apply: Access the Application form, complete, and submit via Email to the OVDR on or before the application deadline. 

Choosing Your Project: Students who have an idea for a project are encouraged to approach faculty with their ideas. Once they find a faculty member willing to work with them, the two can complete an application.

Details can be found by accessing the Guidelines document.
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MD Summer Research Experience

The Summer Research Experience Projects fall under the same umbrella as Dean’s Summer Research Projects, but are variable in length. These projects are designed for students who are participating in either Making the Links or a IFMSA Research Exchange. 

To Apply: Students fill out the same Application form as those applying for Dean’s Summer Research Projects, but modify the timeline (6 to 8 weeks).  All applications must be submitted via email to deans.projects@usask.ca.

Detailed information can be found by accessing the Guidelines document.

Please Contact our office with any inquiries.

The MD Year-Round Volunteer Research Opportunity

In response to feedback from U of S medical students stating their desire to increase ability to participate in active research projects throughout the year, the OVDR is pleased to facilitate the MD Year-Round Volunteer Research Opportunity.  The OVDR aims to foster connections for MD research projects as a way to encourage more students to become passionate about research.  Active research experience is invaluable because of the increasingly vital role research plays in today's health care, therefore student engagement in this field is critical. 

Note: As volunteer participation in research activities during the academic year may impact your academic progress, you are required to receive confirmation that you are a student in good academic standing in the Undergraduate MD Program. 

A list of available projects can be found on Google Drive.

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Letters of Excellence

Letters of Excellence acknowledge those students that demonstrated outstanding performance and commitment to their research projects. 

Students must be nominated by their supervisors to be considered for this honour. 

At the end of the term of the research project, supervisors will be sent a call for nominations. They will then be required to write a short letter of recommendation which should address some of the following key areas:

  • Commitment to learning
  • Keen interest in the topic
  • Work ethic
  • Quality of work
  • Student contribution to the research

Once the nomination is received by the Vice Dean Research Office it will be reviewed and if deemed successful, a Letter of Excellence will be written by the Vice Dean Research commending the student's demonstration of strengths and work ethic. 

Note: Only a select few letters will be written. 

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MD Excellence in Research Award

The MD Students’ Excellence in Research Award has been established by the Office of the Vice Dean Research (OVDR) to recognize a medical student who has excelled in research while at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.  This award recognizes a student’s research achievements and allows the College to proudly display their outstanding research accomplishments.  

The award will be granted to a University of Saskatchewan medical student involved in research at the College of Medicine. One award of a value of $1,000 is available to a deserving medical student based on excellence in research and a nomination from their research supervisor. In order to be eligible for this award, MD students must have participated in a summer research project supervised by a College of Medicine faculty member.  Students must also have received a Letter of Excellence nomination from their supervisor.  Students may only receive this award once during the course of their medical degree.

Please note: If the student nominated is currently on leave from the College of Medicine in order to participate in the MD/PhD program, they are still be eligible for this award.

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Support & Resources

The OVDR is committed to providing support and resources to its students as they undertake important research activities.  Below, please find a number of easily accessible links containing meaningful information for students performing research here at the University of Saskatchewan.

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College of Medicine Graduate Student Awards

The CoMGRAD Scholarship Program supports research with the College of Medicine (CoM) through awards to students who have demonstrated academic and research excellence. The guiding principles of this program include: 1) maximizing the use of CoM funding to support as many worthy students as possible and 2) to encourage and reward the pursuit of competitive external funding by both students and supervisors. The CoMGRAD award program is administered by the Office of the Vice Dean Research (OVDR). 

Detailed information can be found by accessing Graduate Studies Funding Opportunities page.

The College of Medicine (CoM) offers a number of funding opportunities for graduate students. Graduate students may receive funding from a stipend, an award, or a combination of sources. The CoM encourages graduate students to apply for all internal and external funding for which they are eligible.

Please access the Graduate Studies Funding Opportunities page for details about funding opportunities for graduate students.


Resident Research Awards

The Resident Research Awards funding initiative seeks to provide resources and support to residents so that they may carry out an independent, novel research project that will encourage a diverse research portfolio. The aim of the initiative is to strengthen pilot studies or initial research that will lead to the development of a research program, improve the quality of research projects conducted by residents, and to foster a passion for research within the College of Medicine.

These awards are short-term, concise health research projects, which have been largely developed by the resident who demonstrates a passion for research. The majority of the work involved in completing the research must be done by the resident. The proposed work should be within the applicant’s ability to execute it independently, within the time available and with the support of the proposed supervisor. This opportunity is often the applicant’s first foray into research, and the OVDR is pleased to offer its support.

Each award is valued at a maximum of $2,000.  Budget permitting, there will be two calls per year and funding will be distributed based on the quality and quantity of applications for each call.

To Apply: Access the Application form below, complete, and submit before September 12, 2018 at 4:00pm via email.  Please access the Guidelines document for details.

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Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs) are valuable members of the university; they contribute immensely to the vitality of the research environment. In general, PDFs come to the university in order to:

  • gain additional research experience and expertise
  • develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become independent investigators themselves
  • engage in research projects that provide the challenge necessary for intellectual growth rather than provision of technical support

Currently, the OVDR does not have any funding initiatives for PDFs, however there are external agencies that provide PDF funding support.

For details, please access the PDF website.


Date Activity
August 22, 2018, 4:00pm

Final 2018 CoMRAD Application due to SharePoint. Note: Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Week of October 22, 2018 Notification of funding decisions.
November 5, 2018 2018 CoMRAD recipients return signed award letters acknowledging acceptance of award.
December 31, 2019 No expenditures can be processed after this date; all invoiced must pre-date December 31, 2019.

Note: Applications are due 6 weeks prior to external funding deadline. Please see Tri-Agency deadlines.

Applications are due within 2 weeks of final notification of Tri-Agency results. Please see Tri-Agency deadlines.

Date Activity
November 1, 2018 2018/2019 Application & Guidelines documents posted.
November 22, 2018 Deadline for Faculty to submit 2018/2019 projects.
November 23, 2018 2017/2018 Fall Poster Day.
November 30, 2018 All 2018/2019 projects posted to Google Drive for viewing by MD students. 
December 14, 2018 Deadline for Supervisors to submit data request form application via Email - if applicable.
January 23, 2019 Deadline for students to submit applications.
February 27, 2019 Award recipients notified.
March 6, 2019 Project paperwork due to OVDR.
March 31, 2019 Ethics applications due.
May 1/June1, 2019 Projects begin.
June/July, 2019 Mid-point evaluations due.
Date Activity
August 31, 2018 All projects must be completed.
September 26, 2018 Final reports and final evaluations due.
November 23, 2018 Fall Poster Day.
Date Activity
September 1, 2018 Funding begins.
Date Activity
September 12, 2018 4:00pm Resident Research Award Application deadline.
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