USask Library

Research Facilitator

Research facilitation at USask promotes and supports research activities at the University through a network of skilled professionals who help researchers, colleges/schools, and the institution obtain funding and resources, build profiles, and develop research partnerships and collaborations.

In the University Library, the research facilitator supports and enhances the research programs and activities of our faculty, the Library itself, and the University as a whole through a wide range of research support including:

  • supporting librarian faculty researchers through the research lifecycle
  • providing grant development services
  • engaging in profile building
  • helping create research partnerships
  • developing unit-specific goals and planning initiatives

This support directly promotes research intensivity in the University Library and the University of Saskatchewan and offers crucial support to faculty in securing research funding. Specifically, the research facilitator assists faculty with developing programs of research, identifying potential research funding, preparing and editing grant proposals, developing appropriate budgets, connecting researchers, building their CVs, and mobilizing knowledge.


University of Saskatchewan

Social Sciences Research Lab (SSRL) - The SSRL provides access to research infrastructure and research support to faculty, staff and students undertaking social science research. 

University of Saskatchewan Research Services - The main administrative unit of the Office of the Vice-President Research, this unit provides support and helps to facilitate research activity at the University of Saskatchewan. It is responsible for all pre- and post-award administration of grants (individual, collaborative, and institutional) and contracts. This unit also administers a number of institutional programs including the Canada Research Chairs and Canada Foundation for Innovation Programs, as well as International activity related to research. 

University of Saskatchewan Research Services advice on writing grant proposals, e.g., for SSHRC 

Office of the Vice-President Research, University of Saskatchewan

Research Ethics Office, University of Saskatchewan - Any research or study conducted at University 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.

Faculty Recruitment and Retention Program (formerly New Faculty Start-Up Funding): 
Effective December 2013, the program was changed to provide faculty with:
•    a new computer;
•    a grant of up to $25,000 to match college or department support for any research expense for a new faculty member;
•    in special cases a grant of up to $25,000 to match college or department support for any research expense for an existing faculty member;
•    in special cases funds may be used by the Provost or designate to award a small stipend to approved research enhancement chairs or to award a research grant to existing faculty.

The annual Accountable Professional Expense Fund (APEF) allowance 

Sabbatical leaves As faculty members at the University of Saskatchewan, librarians are eligible to take sabbaticals.


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) - SSHRC is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

Canadian Association of Research Libraries Librarians' Research Institute (CARL LRI) - Held annually, the CARL LRI provides an opportunity for researching CARL librarians to come together and work on their research in an intensive workshop setting.


The Researching Librarian - This site was created for librarians--new or experienced--who find themselves needing to perform research for purposes of publication, promotion, tenure, or other reasons. Since 2000. 

Sage Research Methods - a tool created to help researchers with research projects. It links over 100,000 pages of SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with advanced search and discovery tools. (subscription through University Library, University of Saskatchewan)

Research Methods Knowledge Base – a comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods.

Bibliography of Research Methods Texts - compiled by the ACRL Instruction Section Research and Scholarship Committee. The site is a current research methods texts bibliography. It lists English language texts that are currently in print and that focus on research methods in librarianship or the social sciences.