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Friday, August 01, 2014
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INNOVATION AND SCIENCE FUND CONTRIBUTES TO HEALTH RESEARCH

Saskatchewan's Innovation and Science Fund is providing $500,000 over two years to the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) for the Regional Partnership Program (RPP).

"These funds enable important health-related research in our province. The grants support the work of researchers, which in turn benefits their staff and students at our province's universities, hospitals, health regions, the communities in which research is conducted and the overall health of Saskatchewan people," Advanced Education and Employment Minister Pat Atkinson said.

The RPP is jointly funded in Saskatchewan by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), SHRF, Saskatchewan Advanced Education and Employment, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina. With today's announcement, two-year funding for health research through the RPP is $4 million, including another $1.4 million from SHRF, $2 million from the CIHR and $100,000 from the province's universities.

"The Regional Partnership Program encourages people with diverse expertise and from various regions of Canada to focus their energy on solving today's health challenges," Federal Minister of Health Tony Clement said. "The support for Saskatchewan researchers through this program will enable better public health, innovation and economic growth."

"Health research continues to have a strong impact in our province. Since the RPP began in 1999 it has provided support to more than 100 health researchers and invested $14 million toward health research in Saskatchewan," SHRF's Chief Executive Officer June Bold said.

Numerous health researchers will put the funding to good use toward a variety of projects that will improve the quality of life for Saskatchewan people. The RPP recipients conduct research in a number of disciplines within organizations such as the Canadian Light Source, the province's universities, hospitals and health regions.

The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation is the provincial agency responsible for funding health research in Saskatchewan and for implementing the province's Health Research Strategy, which outlines strategic directions for addressing health issues of importance to Saskatchewan. SHRF's Web site (www.shrf.ca) has a list of the health research projects supported through the RPP.

The Innovation and Science Fund is administered by Saskatchewan Advanced Education and Employment. The fund supports research at Saskatchewan's universities, colleges and research institutes on projects receiving approval and funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Canada Research Chairs Program and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Since the fund was established in 2000, the provincial government has contributed nearly $62 million toward research and related infrastructure.

The CIHR is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 10,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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For More Information, Contact:

Terry White
Advanced Education and Employment
Regina
Phone: (306) 787-7791
Email: twhite@sasked.gov.sk.ca
James Winkel
Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation
Saskatoon
Phone: (306) 975-1687
Email: jwinkel@shrf.ca

Marie-France Poirier
CIHR
Ottawa
Phone: (613) 941-4563
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