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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.

2018-19 Competition Deadlines

Funding Program RSO Deadline** SSHRC Application Deadline
Applications available online
Aid to Scholarly Journals
Aug 31, 2018
Sept 10, 2018
Connection Grants Jul 30 & Oct 25, 2018 Aug 1 & Nov 1, 2018
Connection Grants  Jan 25 & Apr 24, 2019  Feb 1 & May 1, 2019  Ongoing
Connection Grants: Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation
Aug 29, 2018
Sept 6, 2018  Application process 
Insight Development Grants Jan 25, 2019 Feb 1, 2019 Closed – available approx. mid-Nov 2018
Insight Grants
Oct 2, 2018
Oct 15, 2018 Closed
Partnership Grants - Stage 1  Feb 8, 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Closed – available approx. mid-Oct 2018
Partnership Grants – Stage 2 (by invitation only)
Oct 22, 2018  Oct 29, 2018  Open
Partnership Development Grant Nov 7, 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Open
Partnership Engage Grants Sep 10 & Dec 10, 2018 Sep 15* & Dec 15*, 2018 Ongoing
Partnership Engage Grants Mar 8 & Jun 10, 2019 Mar 15 & Jun 15, 2019 Ongoing

*Note: If a deadline falls on a weekend or a Canadian public holiday, the online application system will remain open until 8 p.m.(Eastern Time) on the next business day.

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

Meet SSHRC Representatives at Informal Q & A Sessions on November 21, 2018

Join SSHRC representatives, Lina Crompton, program officer & Genevieve Truchon, senior program officer, at one of four informal question and answer sessions across campus. Please note that the Augustana Campus virtual session originally scheduled for 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. is cancelled.

All sessions are open to all in our research community. Sessions are informal and guided by your questions for Lina and Genevieve. No registration required. 

On November 21, come to one of the following sessions:

  • Session 1 - 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Genevieve Truchon, Campus St. Jean, Room TBA
  • Session 2 - 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Lina Crompton, Faculty of Nursing, ECHA, Room 5-099
  • Session 3 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Genevieve Truchon, Faculty of Education, 2-111 RISE [Research Innovation Space in Education] Education North, Faculty of Education
  • Session 4 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Lina Crompton, Faculty of Arts, Room 1-129, Tory Building

Watch our website for all room locations.

Lina & Genevieve will also present two formal sessions at Research Funding Fair on November 22 in ECHA. Registration is required for these sessions and will open soon.

Self-Identification Data Collection in Support of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

As of Summer 2018, SSHRC is asking all applicants for funding competitions (grants, scholarships, and fellowships) to self-identify with information on age, gender, Indigenous identity, and status as a member of a visible minority group or person with a disability.

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.