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It is understandable that questions may arise as a result of change. In this section, we address some of the questions we have heard. Additional questions may be sent to univrs.support@usask.ca.

General FAQs

 What is UnivRS?

The University Research System (UnivRS) is a web-based central repository for research-related activities and CV data management. It is intended to simplify the pre-and post-award and compliance processes, while producing reports and CV documents as needed. The data stored in UnivRS will help facilitate a research network among the faculty, finding shared research interests and building collaborations at the University of Saskatchewan. Additional information about the UnivRS project is available in the project charter.

 Why do we need UnivRS?

The implementation of UnivRS will address the infrastructure required to support, sustain and expand the University of Saskatchewan research enterprise. It is intended to be a central tool to collaboratively manage some research activities, including pre-and post-award, compliance processes (i.e. human ethics, animal care, biosafety and radiation safety) and clinical trials. This will also make research management more efficient and powerful by complying with reporting requirements from funding and other regulatory agencies.

UnivRS is intended to:

  • replace older, separate database systems with one centralized research and CV management tool at the University of Saskatchewan. The data stored within those separate systems will be migrated to UnivRS, including all research grants and contracts administered by the University of Saskatchewan since 1998, to preserve existing data and populate the University of Saskatchewan Standardized CV and Forms 1 and 2.
  • integrate with other systems at the University of Saskatchewan, such as AboutUS (the human resources system), PAWS (the university portal), the UDW (the university data warehouse (UDW) and the University’s identity management services. UnivRS plans to integrate with the Canadian Common CV (CCV) to streamline efforts needed to prepare funding applications.
  • Develop reports for academic unit(s) to promote research, scholarly and artistic work, and assist with annual reports and metrics. Administrative units may also have access to institutional metrics, such as publications per year, teaching activities and research funding history. Units can work with the UnivRS Team to develop reports in the system, which they can access and generate at any time.
  • increase transparency and optimization of business processes, and improve service delivery by integrating business processes and technology
  • develop inherent standards and controls within the system to ensure compliance with the Tri-Agency Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions, Controlled Goods Regulations and other known requirements.
  • enhance data sharing, accuracy and trust of information, and dynamic reporting increase support for communicating research to raise the University of Saskatchewan profile worldwide
 What is the total cost of the project?

The implementation of UnivRS was projected to cost $7.538M. Operational costs are being reallocated to support UnivRS throughout its implementation.

 What will UnivRS do for me as a faculty or staff member?

Save you time! UnivRS can be used to:

  • Generate your University of Saskatchewan Standardized CV and Forms 1 and 2. Faculty can add information to their CV from many sources, importing data from online publication databases such as PubMed, Web of Science and Scopus, while uploading information from personal BibTeX, Endnote (X1/X2/Tag), Reference Manager (RIS) and Refworks files. CV documents may be downloaded into a Word or PDF document at any time. The CV documents are pre-formatted to reduce administrative burdens and keep the information consistent.
  • Reduce the amount of time spent obtaining internal approvals for research grants and contracts. Those paper-based approvals are now obtained electronically in UnivRS to reduce administrative burdens on faculty and staff, and revert time back to research.
  • Comply with the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research and related policies, Controlled Good regulations, and other internal and external requirements.
  • Monitor research projects and generate information to assist with annual reports or reviews.

UnivRS plans to:

  • Interact directly with the Canadian Common CV (CCV) to minimize the amount of effort needed to apply for funding (e.g., CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) and keep CCV information up-to-date.
  • Generate CV documents in a variety of formats to adhere to accreditation standards and funding agency requirements.
  • Maintain your online web profile on your College/School/Centre website to promote research, scholarly and artistic work, and facilitate collaborations with colleagues and students.
  • Integrate with the University of Saskatchewan institutional repository to make research, scholarly and artistic work accessible to the public thereby complying with external requirements, such as the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications.
 Was the software purchased from a vendor?

Yes, the software – CONVERIS - was purchased from Clarivate Analytics, who will jointly implement the system with the UnivRS team at the University of Saskatchewan.

 Will UnivRS address Tri-Agency compliance requirements?

Yes, UnivRS will address Tri-Agency compliance requirements by ensuring internal controls are in place to monitor and track controlled goods, conflicts of interest and ethical compliance requirements for research projects. It will also support internal initiatives, such as: the internal approval processes for Tri-Agency funded research; institutional policies for research administration, eligibility and institutional costs of research; and the development of an institutional repository for the University of Saskatchewan.

 Will information entered into UnivRS be secure?

Yes, the information entered or migrated into UnivRS will be secure because it is stored on University of Saskatchewan servers. It does not require any plug-ins or third party software, and can be used on mobile devices with support for Android, iOS and Windows Phones.

 Who will have access to UnivRS?

User accounts in UnivRS are maintained through the University's identity management services. These services assign authenticated permissions to faculty and staff through role-based access in UnivRS.  Each role allows a faculty or staff member to carry out a range of tasks, such as approving a research grant or contract.  Role-based access can be created and/or modified as the business needs of the University of Saskatchewan evolve, without having to update the permissions of each end user. Additional information about the types of roles in UnivRS is available on UnivRS resources webpage.

 Will UnivRS connect to any systems?

Yes, UnivRS connects to other systems on campus to simplify processes and avoid duplication, such as AboutUS (the human resources system), PAWS (the university portal), the UDW (the university data warehouse), and the University’s identity management services.  These connections also provide information necessary to comply with the University’s Eligibility to Apply for, Hold and Administer Research Funding policy and sponsoring agency requirements. Connections to other internal and external systems, such as the Canadian Common CV, ResearchGate and Google Scholar may be included in a future release.

 How can I suggest improvements for UnivRS?

All faculty, staff and affiliates of the University of Saskatchewan can request improvements to UnivRS. To submit a request, please send a completed UnivRS Continual Improvement Form to univrs.support@usask.ca. The UnivRS team will then review your request and provide updates, when applicable.


Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please visit the the USask Knowledge Base to access information about how to enter and update your USask Standardized CV and Forms 1 and 2 in UnivRS. Further information about the CV process is available on the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations website.


Pre-and Post-Award Management

Please visit the USask Knowledge Base to access information about research grants and contracts in UnivRS. Further information about the grants and contracts process is available on the Office of the Vice-President Research website.


Need technical assistance? Contact UnivRS Support!

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