SCPOR Trainee Program

SCPOR provides matching funding for students interested in patient-oriented health research (Masters, Doctoral, Postdoctoral fellows and Medical Residents). To qualify, student trainees must be working on patient-oriented research projects.


Important Forms

If you are interesting in learning more about the trainee program please review the SCPOR Trainee Terms of Reference.

If you are a current SCPOR Trainee. See below for a link to the Progress Report Template.

Trainee Support

In addition to receiving matching trainee funding, SCPOR will provide in-kind support to trainee research projects. Supports are offered through SCPORs five platforms; Patient Engagement, Knowledge Training and Capacity Building, Methods, Indigenous Research and Engagement Expertise and Data and Data Services. Here are the most common in-kind supports SCPOR Trainees have accessed.

  • Patient Engagement Support- assistance with recruitment, orientation, coaching and consultation support, expense reimbursement.

  • Discounts at SCPOR Affiliated Research Labs - Clinical Trail Support Unit, Social Science Research Lab, etc.

  • Invitations to a variety of SCPOR hosted workshops, networking events and seminars.

  • Free Training Sessions- Building Research Relationships with Indigenous Communities (BRRIC) training module and Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Module training.

  • Data and Data Services- access to provincial databases, support assessing the data needs of a project and the feasibility of it, data linkage, additional data linkage support.


SCPOR Trainee Engagement with Patients Funding

(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. Applications must be submitted within the active period of the SCPOR trainee’s original funding contract. 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.

STEP Funding FAQs

Q: Can STEP funds be used to provide an honoraria for research participants/subjects to take part in the research (e.g. to do interviews)?

No - STEP funds are intended to support engagement of PFAs as part of the research team NOT as research participants/subjects.

Q: Can STEP funds be used to pay for travel expenses for the SCPOR trainee to travel to collect their research data?

No - the funds cannot be used for the SCPOR trainee to travel to collect their research data. The funds can be used for travel when the SCPOR trainee is travelling to meet with their research team members.

Q: Can STEP funds be used for a SCPOR trainee to consult with their research community? For example: to validate themes from data collection, to hold a focus group or group discussion?

YES - if the PFAs who are research team members are part of this conversation.

YES - if the SCPOR trainee considers the community to be the ‘patient’ in their understanding of Patient-Oriented Research.

Q: Can STEP funds be backdated for expenses already incurred prior to applying for funding?

NO - funding cannot be backdated before the dates of the funding contract.

Q: Can STEP funding be received after the SCPOR traineeship has expired?

NO - STEP funding is only available to SCPOR trainees within the active period of their original SCPOR funding contract. If the STEP funds have not been utilized within this time, they are no longer accessible.

Q: What happens if project expenses are incurred that go over my original funding budget?

The SCPOR trainee will be responsible for all expenses incurred against your project that exceed the amount stated in your STEP contract.

Q: Can STEP funds be used for Knowledge Translation activities such as publishing fees for Scientific Journals when PFAs are co-authors?

No - STEP funds cannot be used to pay for journal publishing fees.

SCPOR Trainees at the University of Regina

SCPOR provides funding for students at the University of Regina at the Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship level. The funding breakdown is as follows:

50% Supervisor contribution

50% Saskatchewan Center for Patient-Oriented Research


Current SCPOR Trainees

SCPOR would like recognize the current trainees who are working on SCPOR supported patient-oriented research projects


Trainee Workshops

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Trainee Stories



The trainee program is organized by the Knowledge Translation Training and Capacity Building Platform.

If you have question related to SCPOR Trainees please reach out to

Tami Waldron, Training and Capacity Development Specialist.


 Funding Opportunities

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CIHR announce fellowship funding opportunity

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