Applied Research & Innovation

For Students

Sask Polytech students are encouraged and supported by faculty to partner with business, industry and the community on applied research projects that provide real world solutions to today's challenges. Participating in applied research gives you hands-on experience to transition seamlessly into your chosen career and positions you as an employee of choice in today's competitive job market.

Applied Research Scholarship

Applied Research Scholarships of $1,000 each are available to eligible students. These awards are intended to provide an opportunity for Sask Polytech students to engage in applied research partnerships with industry and the community. Engaging in applied research projects that solve every day problems allows our students and their faculty supervisors to successfully address current industry needs and make a real difference in their communities and in their fields of study.

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Applied Research Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be enrolled full-time in a Saskatchewan Polytechnic certificate, diploma, degree or postgraduate certificate program of 20 weeks or more in length and have completed at least one semester of the program;
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member who will supervise the research project;
  • Agree to submit an interim confirmation of progress, signed by the supervisor and a short final report on the outcomes of the project;
  • Agree to present the final results in person at the annual Applied Research Student Showcase, and in other presentations and/or videos;
  • Complete this project prior to May 31, 2019.
  • Students may receive only one per academic year.
  • Students may work jointly on a project, but will then be required to share the scholarship.

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on:

  • Academic achievement.
  • Nature and applicability of the research project (e.g. innovation, commercialization, entrepreneurial, sustainable, etc.).


Scholarships will be awarded in two equal installments, at the start of the project and upon completion. The supervisor will be required to complete and sign a mid-project confirmation stating that the project has begun and is on track for completion as anticipated.

  • A short final report from the student will need to be submitted prior to the release of the final payment.
  • Failure to complete the project (including submitting the required reports and presenting the work at the annual showcase), will result in the final payment being withheld.

Sask Polytech reserves the right to recover any paid out funds on projects not started or not making reasonable progress by the mid-term check in.

1. Complete all areas of the online application below and submit; and
2. Email with a:

  • Letter of recommendation signed by the faculty member supervising the research project, and
  • One page summary of the applied research project

(Required to receive payment)

Applied research awards are not intended to provide research assistance to larger research projects. Funding awards will only be considered if it can be clearly demonstrated that the student will work independently to achieve a specific, definable and quantifiable outcome.
To ensure that all applicants are fairly assessed on these criteria, the following fields must be completed prior to submission:


Conditions of Acceptance
Recipients will be required to give permission to Sask Polytech to provide their contact information to the Donor(s) who have provided funding for the Scholarships. This personal information is being collected under the authority of The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Act, 2014 and is protected by The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. It will be used for the purposes of award selection and administration and will be shared with selection committee members. This personal information may also be used for administrative and statistical purposes by Sask Polytech and/or provincial or federal government ministries and agencies. If selected, recipients’ names and program of study may be disclosed to the Donor(s), published in Sask Polytech’s awards programs, and/or used in other media outlets or Sask Polytech publications. If you have any questions or concerns about the collection or disclosure of this personal information, contact the Sask Polytech Donor and Alumni Relations Office at 306-659-3733.