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Rates of Pay

Research staff are classified and paid according to their education, skill level and responsibility. How to classify and pay an employee should be based on the university classifications and rates of pay and the employer's judgment regarding the individual's experience and abilities.

  • Student Rates of Pay for undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time in a program of study. Note: full-time graduate students cannot work more than 12 hours per week.
  • Current rates of pay and classifications for:
    - CUPE (research clerical assistant, research technical assistant, etc.)
    - ASPA (research assistant, research officer, research scientist, professional research associate, etc.)

Calculating Benefits

Mandatory or nondiscretionary benefits (CPP, WC, EI, vacation and statutory holiday pay) are an eligible cost and should be included in your budget for research personnel. The benefits rate depends on whether the employee is paid on an hourly, monthly or stipend basis. When budgeting to pay research personnel:

  • on an hourly basis, add 13.84% benefits to the hourly rate to include CPP, WC, EI, vacation pay and statutory holiday pay
  • on a monthly basis and student stipends, including graduate student stipends, add 8.07% to the base rate to include CPP, WC, EI. (Vacation pay is not included as typically such employees would be required to take vacation time prior to the end of their term of employment in-lieu of being paid out.)

Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide

Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide The Summary of Changes, highlights the most significant updates on an annual basis. Questions can be directed via email to:

Quick Reference Guide to typical research costs, overhead, taxes

Writing Grants and Publications

Internal Review

Processes and timelines are issued several months prior to the competition deadline through Research Services listservs, so be sure to subscribe.

Internal review is required for:

  • Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation

and strongly recommended for:

  • SHRF Establishment Awards
  • CIHR

Contacts for Internal Review

    • Brittany Walch, Research Services and Ethics Office; (306) 966-1325
    • Mahfam Jan, Research Services and Ethics Office; (306) 966-7521
  • CFI

Knowledge Translation

Policy and Foundational Documents

Almost every funding opportunity requires the applicant to link their research with institutional, college, or unit strategic priorities as outlined in the funding agency's application procedures.  Links to several of the most frequently referenced documents are included below. Researchers should also be familiar with CIHR's Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) and each CIHR institute has its own strategic plan.

University of Saskatchewan Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL)

The SSRL supports faculty, staff and students conducting research in the social sciences. The facility consists of five complementary and interconnected research laboratories:
  • Experimental Decision Laboratory (EDL)
  • Qualitative Research Laboratory (QRL)
  • Spatial Analysis for Innovation in Health Research Laboratory (SAFIHR)
  • Survey and Group Analysis Laboratory (SGAL)
  • Video Therapy Analysis Laboratory (ViTAL)
  • Community-Based Observation Laboratory (COL)
  • EEG Hyperscanning Laboratory (EHL)
  • Social Network Laboratory (SNL)


University of Saskatchewan Training Services offers training in a broad range of programs, including statistical software like NVivo and SPSS