Joelena Leader

Research Facilitator

Ph.D (Interdisciplinary Studies), (University of Saskatchewan) M.A. Sociology, B.A (Hon.) (University of Saskatchewan)


Room 87.2
25 Campus Drive, Nutrien Centre, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, SK, S7N 5A7


As the Research Facilitator at the Edwards School of Business, Joelena works directly with the Associate Dean, Research and Faculty Relations, and is responsible for providing operational and strategic research support. She is accountable for contributing to key success metrics in the college’s research portfolio through facilitating the development of high quality interdisciplinary funding proposals and grant applications, conducting analysis of college metrics, producing and distributing research communications materials, and building collaborative relationships and partnerships with research partners.

Joelena holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies and is an experienced researcher and project manager with over 11 years of combined experience at the University of Saskatchewan. She has served as a team lead on multiple research and community-engaged projects, provided research training and mentorship to faculty and students, provided strategic guidance and support in the development of Tri-Council, industry and international funding proposals, created knowledge mobilization and communications strategies, produced communications materials, assisted with online course development, and engaged in professional writing, content management and editorial support.

Supports and Services for Researchers

Research Facilitators work closely with researchers to enhance the quality of proposals aimed at achieving funding success and improve research impact. Our work is primarily focused on pre-award support services that facilitate the grant application process from conception to completion with the intended goal of saving researchers time and add value to their programs of research. The promotion and communication of research, analysis of key metrics and research administration also fall under this role.


  • Promoting relevant funding opportunities – finding and sharing relevant information about funding opportunities that align with individual faculty members’ research areas
  • Planning and development – advising on appropriate funding opportunities that fit with the goals of proposed research projects and fit eligibility criteria, brainstorming research design and proposal ideas with Principal Applicants and research teams
  • Supporting research collaborations – facilitating partnerships on grant proposals and coordinating team applications
  • Strategic guidance – providing guidance on grant proposal positioning in alignment with funding agencies’ mandates and evaluation criteria
  • In-depth grant reviews – supporting proposal development through detailed reviews of proposal content and editorial guidance of all key areas of grant applications including budgets, timelines, knowledge mobilization plans, lay abstracts/summaries, significant contributions, and CCVs. Detailed reviews involve copy/stylistic editing, structural editing to improve the organization, clarity and flow of content for improved effectiveness, alignment with funding agency’s evaluation criteria and mandates, advice on formatting according to guidelines and strategic use of scholarly metrics.
  • Faculty training and mentorship on submission processes - training and guidance with the grant submission process and online portals (UnivRS, SSHRC Portal, etc.) including navigating sponsor websites and institutional compliance/approvals.
  • Building capacity for grantsmanship – leading grantsmanship workshops, supporting internal review processes, and engaging researchers in internal and campus-wide research funding presentations, workshops, and networking events


  • Promoting researchers and their research outputs to internal and external stakeholders through various media channels
  • Research communications – creating timely research stories and news articles for the Edwards research website, profiles for Thrive and updating the Big Question
  • Analyzing research metrics and impact indicators to better communicate our research impact
  • Facilitating open access requests – serving as the Edwards HARVEST depositor


  • Supporting internal grant competitions – serving on the Edwards Research Committee and supporting internal adjudication processes
  • Research strategy development – developing reports and metrics to support the Edwards School of Business research strategy


Interested in research funding opportunities or support in developing your proposal? Contact Joelena at:

Joelena is the first point-of-contact for all aspects of research funding, partnership facilitation, and knowledge mobilization. External stakeholders and researchers looking to find out more about ongoing research projects and opportunities for collaboration, feel free to contact Joelena.