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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  Jan 25, Apr 24 & July 25, 2019 Feb 1, May 1 & Aug 1, 2019
Connection Grants: Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation
Aug 29, 2018
Sept 6, 2018  Application process 
Connection Grants: Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative Jan 25, Apr 24 & July 25, 2019  Feb 1, May 1 & Aug 1, 2019  Application process 
Insight Development Grants Jan 28, 2019 Feb 4, 2019 Open
Insight Grants
Oct 2, 2018
Oct 15, 2018 Closed
Partnership Grants - Stage 1  Feb 8, 2019 Feb 15, 2019 Open 
Partnership Grants – Stage 2 (by invitation only)
Oct 22, 2018  Oct 29, 2018  Closed
Partnership Development Grant Nov 7, 2018 Nov 15, 2018 Closed
Partnership Engage Grants Mar 8, Jun 10, Sep 10 & Dec 1, 2019 Mar 15, Jun 15, Sep 15* & Dec 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.

NEW: Launch of new Connection Grants – Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative

To help the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community better understand data management and incorporate data management considerations into research practices, SSHRC’s Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative offers Connection Grants to support the research community’s development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field.

SSHRC will accept applications for the Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative at the following Connection Grants deadlines:

  • February 1st, 2019;
  • May 1st, 2019;
  • August 1st, 2019.

Research data management supports the effective and responsible conduct of research, and increases the ability to store, find and reuse research data. A strong culture of data management will serve Canadian research excellence and support the development of social sciences and humanities insights. It will also benefit Canadian researchers working in international partnerships and collaborations as funders around the globe implement and strengthen data management requirements.

Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative applications are subject to the Connection Grants evaluation criteria and scoring. In addition, as part of its assessment of the proposal’s relevance to the objectives of the Connection program, under the Connection Grants Challenge criteria, the merit review committee will evaluate the degree to which applications respond to one or more of the following objectives:

  • develop and/or adopt data management standards, practices, tools and skills within and across disciplines and institutions, with a focus on the social sciences and humanities;
  • connect researchers or students with data management professionals and service providers (e.g., librarians, programmers, specialists in research ethics, etc.), and other stakeholders (e.g., research subjects and users) to increase knowledge of data management;
  • share and develop knowledge and skills relating to data collection and storage, metadata, preservation, retention, sharing, credit and citation;
  • share and develop knowledge and skills related to the responsible ownership, control, access and possession of data used or created in the context of Indigenous research (e.g., the application of OCAP® principles); and
  • through other activities, enable the social sciences and humanities research community to strengthen its ability to fulfill the roles and responsibilities indicated in the Tri-Agency Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, and the requirements proposed in the draft tri-agency research data management policy.

For more information about this initiative, or for advice on preparing your application, please contact:
Connection Grants 
Tel.: 613-943-1007

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.