The purpose of the START Award is to support meaningful engagement and collaboration activities for the development of research teams to address the Solutions Program focus area. The focus area for the 2021-22 competition is Addictions.

The START Award supports the development of a Solutions - Addictions application. Funds must be spent prior to the Solutions full application deadline.
The START Award is designed to support team development activities for the Solutions Program. The primary objective of START is to support meaningful engagement activities related to building research teams, co-developing research questions and approaches, and engagement with persons with lived/living experiences. 

Funded activities should directly engage knowledge users, stakeholders, those with lived/living experiences and their supports. Engagement activities should facilitate meaningful exchanges with the intension of co-developing an application for the Solutions Program funding call. 

This funding supports team building activities, including recruiting team members, facilitation of group meetings, planning sessions, community engagement activities, securing stakeholder commitments and developing workplans, including establishing roles and responsibilities for team members.

Funded applications will demonstrate:

  • alignment with the Solutions Program focus area
  • a clear engagement and communication plan
  • detailed team building and engagement activities
  • how each proposed team member will contribute to proposed activities
  • existing collaborative relationships and/or potential partnerships
  • that all activities are conducted within Saskatchewan
  • a clear timeline of activities and outcomes