Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
02/15/19 8:00 PM ET
Grants to Canada higher education institutions for long-term, collaborative research projects in the humanities and social sciences. Institutions may need to confirm eligibility at least five business days prior to the deadline. Funding is intended to support large teams working in formal collaboration between postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types.
These grants provide support for new and existing formal partnerships over four to seven years to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, as well as through resources as evidenced by cash and/or in-kind contributions.
Partnership Grant proposals are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program or the Connection program, or a combination thereof. Proposals exclusively for partnered research training initiatives are expected to respond, instead, to the objectives of the Talent program.
1) The objectives of the Insight program are to:
-Build knowledge and understanding from disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector perspectives through support for the best researchers;
-Support new approaches to research on complex and important topics, including those that transcend the capacity of any one scholar, institution or discipline;
-Provide a high-quality research training experience for students;
-Fund research expertise that relates to societal challenges and opportunities; and
-Mobilize research knowledge, to and from academic and non-academic audiences, with the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact.
2) The objectives of the Connection program are to:
-Facilitate the multidirectional flow of social sciences and humanities knowledge among researchers and between the campus and the larger community, in order to enhance intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit, and impact;
-Increase the accessibility and use of social sciences and humanities research knowledge among academic and non-academic audiences;
-Support the building of reciprocal relationships among social sciences and humanities researchers, and between social sciences and humanities researchers and those in a position to either co-create or use research knowledge;
-Support the development of social sciences and humanities research networks and tools designed to facilitate scholarly work; and
-Make such networks and tools more accessible to non-academic audiences.
3) The objectives of the Talent program are to:
-Support the development of the best or most promising highly qualified personnel with social sciences and humanities research and professional skills;
-Support the best or most promising social sciences and humanities students and postdoctoral researchers selected through an adjudication process;
-Support students and scholars in gaining exposure to international social sciences and humanities scholarship; and
-Mobilize social sciences and humanities knowledge that has the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact.
A formal partnership is a bilateral or multilateral formal collaboration agreement between an applicant and one or more partner organizations, of which at least one must be a Canadian postsecondary institution and at least one must be different from the institution or organization that will administer the grant funds. Partnerships may be between academic institutions, or between one or more academic institutions and one or more non-academic partner organizations. These partner organizations agree and commit to work collaboratively to achieve shared goals for mutual benefit. Partner organizations must provide evidence attesting to the commitment that has been agreed upon. For more information, see the definitions for formal partnership and partner organization.
It is expected that students and new scholars will meaningfully participate in proposed initiatives. The quality of training, mentoring and employability plans for students and emerging scholars will be evaluated as an important part of the proposed initiative.
The intellectual leadership and governance for a new or existing formal partnership may come from within the research community and/or from partner organizations from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. However, the grant funding, once awarded, may only be administered by an eligible institution (see also Regulations, Policies and Related Information below).
SSHRC welcomes applications involving Aboriginal research, as well as those involving research-creation.
SSHRC invites applicants and their partner organizations who wish to propose formal disciplinary, interdisciplinary, interinstitutional, international and/or cross-sector partnership arrangements to apply for support through this funding opportunity. Funds are available to support a variety of formal partnership initiatives in all of the disciplines and themes eligible for funding at SSHRC.
Within the Partnership Grants funding opportunity, there are two distinct categories of partnerships that may request support:
1) Existing partnerships: Support to foster new research and/or research-related partnership activities that are distinct from the partnership’s previous/ongoing partnership activities.
2) New partnerships: Support to foster new research and/or research-related partnership activities that are undertaken by partnerships in their initial stages.
Following is a list of possible formal partnership approaches. Applicants are in no way limited to these approaches, and are welcome to combine some of the features described:
- Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research partnerships: Interinstitutional research initiatives designed to make a significant contribution to advancing knowledge and understanding in the humanities and/or social sciences. While SSHRC welcomes proposals for interdisciplinary research partnerships involving natural sciences, engineering and/or health partner organizations, proposed partnerships of this nature must follow SSHRC’s policy regarding the eligibility of subject matter.
- Cross-sector co-creation of knowledge and understanding: Partnerships that use ongoing collaboration and mutual learning to foster innovative research, training and the co-creation of new knowledge on critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance.
- Networks for research and/or related activities: Networks designed to advance the innovative co-creation of knowledge, as well as training and mobilization of research, on critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance.
Partnered knowledge mobilization: Partnerships designed to synthesize, apply and mobilize new and existing social sciences research knowledge in accessible ways to build institutional capacity and to increase the national and international impact and stature of Canadian research.
- Partnered chairs: Partnerships to nominate research chairs designed to advance research and/or related activities in a specific area in the social sciences and/or humanities. Chair partner organizations pool financial resources and suggest an amount of funds required from SSHRC. Proposals must demonstrate that a formal agreement exists between the partner organizations to maintain the chair position for a minimum of four years. Proposals must include the name of the suggested chairholder. For more information, please see SSHRC’s Guidelines for Partnered Chairs.
- Partnered research centres: Partnerships to create or support a research centre designed to advance research and/or related activities in a specific area in the social sciences and/or humanities. Partner organizations pool financial resources and suggest an amount of funds required from SSHRC. Proposals must demonstrate that a formal agreement exists between the partner organizations to maintain the centre for a minimum of four years.
- Partnered research training initiatives: Partnerships designed to support the creation of innovative approaches that enrich research training experiences for students and postdoctoral researchers while facilitating their transition to academic or non-academic workplace settings. For more information, please see SSHRC’s Guidelines for Partnered Research Training Initiatives. Note that these guidelines apply only to proposals that focus primarily on research training, and, therefore, must respond to the objectives of the Talent program.
Future Challenge Areas:
SSHRC invites all applicants to review Imagining Canada’s Future’s six future challenge areas and subquestions, and to consider addressing one or more of these areas in their research proposal. While this is not an evaluation criterion for merit review, research that addresses one or more of the future challenge areas further positions the value of the social sciences and humanities to meet Canada’s future, long-term societal challenges and opportunities.
Future Challenge Area Questions:
1) What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labor market?
2) What effects will the quest for energy and natural resources have on society and Canada’s position on the world stage?
3) How are the experiences and aspirations of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada essential to building a successful shared future?
4) What might the implications of global peak population be for Canada?
5) How can emerging technologies be leveraged to benefit Canadians?
6) What knowledge will Canada need to thrive in an interconnected, evolving global landscape?
GrantWatch ID#: 178796
Applicants successful at the letter of intent stage will be offered a grant worth up to $20,000 to help in the preparation of the formal application.
Partnership Grants are valued at a maximum of $500,000 per year over four to seven years, up to a total of $2.5 million.
These grants provide support for new and existing formal partnerships over four to seven years.
Applications may be submitted by a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant / project director and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators). The applicant / project director prepares the application on behalf of the partner organizations of the formal partnership.
Applicants / project directors (except postdoctoral researchers and students) must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application. Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian postsecondary institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution, are not eligible for applicant status.
Applicants / project directors primarily affiliated with a not-for-profit organization must have at least one Canadian postsecondary institution partner organization to be eligible for this funding opportunity.
Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to be applicants if they have formally established an affiliation with an eligible institution within five months of the grant start date, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.
Students enrolled in a program of study are not eligible to apply. However, a PhD candidate is eligible to apply if they:
- Will have met all requirements for the PhD before the grant is awarded, including all course work and successful defence of their dissertation, if applicable; and
- Establish a formal affiliation with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution within five months of the grant start date, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.
Grant funds may only be administered by an eligible Canadian institution. Institutions proposing to administer a grant awarded under this funding opportunity must hold or obtain institutional eligibility. Please see SSHRC’s list of eligible institutions.
Indigenous not-for-profit organizations wanting to administer the grant funds of Partnership Development Grants, Partnership Grants, and/or Connection Grants should apply for institutional eligibility, and are highly recommended to begin the institutional eligibility application process at least four months prior to the funding opportunity’s application deadline.
Other not-for-profit organizations that require institutional eligibility must begin the institutional eligibility application process at least five business days prior to the application deadline.
Application deadline: February 15, 2019 (8 p.m. eastern)
Results announced: June 2019
Partnership Grants undergo a two-stage adjudication process, involving a letter of intent and a formal application. Only applicants successful at the letter of intent stage will be invited to submit a formal application.
Applicants at the first stage are expected to include a proposed plan to secure, over and above the budget requested from SSHRC, a minimum of 35 per cent in additional cash and/or in-kind contributions from sources other than SSHRC during the life of the grant (four to seven years).
Any institution that does not currently have institutional eligibility and wishes to administer SSHRC grants must meet the requirements to administer grants and awards, as outlined in the Institutional Eligibility Requirements for the Administration of Grants and Awards, and must contact SSHRC at least five business days prior to the application deadline to begin the eligibility process.
Institutional Eligibility Requirements:
Guidelines for Partnered Chairs:
Guidelines for Partnered Research Training Initiatives:
More on the Insight Program: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/umbrella_programs-programme_cadre/insight-savoir-eng.aspx
More on the Connection Program: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/home-accueil-eng.aspx
More on the Talent Program: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/umbrella_programs-programme_cadre/talent-eng.aspx
Imagining Canada’s Future’s six future challenge areas: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/society-societe/community-communite/Imagining_Canadas_Future-Imaginer_l_avenir_du_Canada-eng.aspx
Subject matter eligibility: http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/apply-demande/background-renseignements/selecting_agency-choisir_organisme_subventionnaire-eng.aspx
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Web CV and Application Instructions: https://webapps.nserc.ca/SSHRC/faces/logon.jsp?lang=en_CA
For more information about the Partnership Grants funding opportunity, please contact:
Institutions needing to confirm eligibility may contact SSHRC at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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