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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its programs and policies, SSHRC enables the highest levels of research excellence in Canada, and facilitates knowledge-sharing and collaboration across research disciplines, universities and all sectors of society. 

SSHRC supported research in the social sciences and humanities enhances our understanding of modern social, cultural, technological, environmental, economic and wellness issues. The work SSHRC supports encourages the deepest levels of inquiry. It spurs innovative researchers to learn from one another’s disciplines, delve into multiparty collaborations and achieve common goals for the betterment of Canadian society. Research outcomes are shared with communities, businesses and governments, who use this new knowledge to innovate and improve people’s lives. 

SSHRC is one of the Tri-Council Agencies, along with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The Tri-Council Agencies are a major source of research funding for post-secondary institutions in Canada. All research that is funded by the Tri-Council Agencies must be in accordance with the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions. This agreement describes the basic requirements for obtaining and maintaining institutional eligibility to administer research funds.


2017 Fall Competition Deadlines

Funding Program RSO Deadline ** SSHRCApplicationDeadline
Applications available online
Connection Grants Jul 25 Aug 1
ongoing
Partnership Engage Grants Sept 8 Sept 15 Jun 15
Insight Grants Oct 4 Oct 15 Jul 25
Connection Grants
Oct 25 Nov 1 ongoing
Partnership Grants - Stage 2 Oct 25 Nov. 1 Jul 25
Partnership Development Grant Nov 23 Nov 30
Institutional Grants Nov 24 Dec 1
Partnership Engage Grants Dec 8 Dec 15

**Your faculty may have additional internal submission deadline requirements. Please contact your research facilitator for more info.


Partnership Engage Grants

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) recently introduced a Partnership Engage Grant to better address the short-term needs, challenges and opportunities of researchers and institutions.

The grants will have a value of between $7,000 and $25,000, and will put a strong emphasis on the relevance to, and involvement of, partner organizations. However, they will require fewer partners than the existing Partnership and Partnership Development Grants, as they are designed for a single partner organization from the not-for-profit, public or private sector. The Partnership Engage Grants will also have a more streamlined application process, and be offered four times a year as opposed to once a year as is the case for other Partnership grants.

“We heard from researchers and potential partners, particularly in the private and not-for-profit sectors, that there is a real need for more flexibility and responsiveness in our suite of partnership funding opportunities. I think Partnership Engage Grants will be an exciting way to respond to this need,” said Dominique Bérubé, vice-president, Research Programs.

The Partnership Engage Grants launched June 2017. The deadline for the inaugural competition is September 15, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in December 2017.