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Grants to Canada IHEs, Nonprofits, and Individuals for
Humanities and Social Sciences Research Events and Outreach

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

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08/01/20 8:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to Canada nonprofit organizations, post-secondary institutions, and qualifying individuals for outreach activities and events that engage audiences in the social sciences and humanities research. Funding is intended to support targeted, short-term knowledge mobilization efforts. Eligible activities and events represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and engage on research issues of value to those participating. Funded events and outreach activities often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects. Connection grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Connection program

Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes, or other events or outreach activities that facilitate:

  • Disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary exchanges in the humanities and social sciences;
  • Scholarly exchanges between those working in the social sciences and humanities and those working in other research fields;
  • Intersectoral exchanges between academic researchers in the humanities and social sciences and researchers and practitioners from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and/or
  • International research collaboration and scholarly exchanges with researchers, students and non-academic partners from other countries.

Events are short-term activities that are usually completed in a week or less (e.g., a two-day conference or a one-week workshop). The bulk of the activities will happen within this short period. As part of the overall proposal, applicants may request support for longer-term activities directly related to the event (e.g., developing proceedings, publications or reports, or other forms of knowledge synthesis). Proposed events may be:

  • Face-to-face or involve virtual interaction;
  • Discipline-specific, or cross-disciplinary and/or cross-sectoral; and
  • Open- or closed-invitation.

Outreach activities must be designed to engage a broader public in humanities and social sciences knowledge through one or a combination of the following: knowledge dissemination, transfer, brokering, translation, synthesis, exchange, networking or co-creation beyond what would typically be achieved through an event. Projects may occur in Canada or abroad. If a proposed project is to occur abroad, the applicant must justify the project’s potential to mobilize Canadian research on an international stage, and why the project must happen outside Canada.

Additional information about Subject Matter Eligibility can be found here:

As part of the Connection Grants funding opportunity, SSHRC will fund at least 10 meritorious proposals per competition to help the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community strengthen its capacity for data management. This Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative offers the research community (e.g., disciplinary and professional associations; institutions; and individual researchers) Connection Grants to support the development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field. For additional information, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180893

Estimated Size of Grant:

Events: $7,000 to $25,0000
Outreach activities: $7,000 to $50,000; higher amounts may be considered if well justified

Term of Contract:

All activities must take place within 12 months of the start date indicated on the notice of decision.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by institutions, or individual applicants and teams (consisting of one applicant or project director and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators).

Institutional Connection Grant applications must be submitted by an eligible Canadian institution to conduct an event or outreach activity, or series thereof, in order to attain strategic objectives relevant to the institution’s mission and mandate. The project director must be affiliated with the host institution (the applicant), prepares the application on behalf of the host institution and is responsible for the overall leadership of the project. The term “institution” from hereon in this description refers to both postsecondary institutions and not for profit organizations.

Individual Connection Grant applicants (except postdoctoral researchers) must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application to conduct an event or outreach activity, or series thereof, that primarily falls within the applicants’ domain of expertise and that will, ultimately, allow them to make a significant contribution to their field of research. In the case of a team approach, all team members must meet the eligibility criteria specific to their role.

More information about eligible institutions may be found here:

Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to be applicants if they have formally established an affiliation with an eligible institution within three 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, Connection Grant proposals led by students may be submitted, provided the proposals involve both students and researchers and are submitted on behalf of the student by a faculty member at an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution. Students may be collaborators, but not co-applicants. Students who are collaborators on a project team cannot be paid a stipend or wage by the grant.

Although applicants can apply for Connection Grants to support eligible events and outreach activities organized by academic associations, the following association activities are not eligible for Connection Grant funding:
- Annual general meetings or any other activity directly related to an association’s business meetings;
- Book launches or similar report dissemination;
- Receptions for association members; and
- Any activities normally paid for by the association’s operating fees.

Pre-Application Information:

The next application deadline is February 1, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern.

-November 1, 8:00 PM (eastern time): Decision date of January 8
-February 1, 8:00 PM (eastern time): Decision date of March 31
-May 1, 8:00 PM (eastern time): Decision date of June 30
-August 1, 8:00 PM (eastern time): Decision date of September 30

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

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the start date of the proposed event or outreach activity.

Not-for-profit organizations that require institutional eligibility for a single Connection Grant must begin the institutional eligibility application process at least five business days prior to the application deadline.

Indigenous not-for-profit organizations wanting to administer multiple Connection Grants going forward are encouraged to begin the institutional eligibility application process at least two months prior to the relevant funding opportunity’s application deadline.

SSHRC will not fund the full cost of any Connection project. Additional support in the form of eligible cash and/or in-kind contributions (excluding registration fees) equivalent to a minimum of 50 per cent of the amount requested from SSHRC must come from sponsoring organizations.. For additional information, see:

Applicants and co-applicants from eligible not-for-profit organizations may request a salary research allowance to release them from duties to their organization in order to participate in the knowledge mobilization events and activities only. Additional information:

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Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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