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Partnership Engage Grants

Grants to Canada Researchers Affiliated with IHEs for
Collaborative Social Sciences and Humanities Research

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

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06/15/19 8:00 PM ET


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Grants ranging from $7,000 to $25,000 to Canada researchers affiliated with qualifying postsecondary institutions for collaborative social sciences and humanities research. This program provides short-term support for partnered research endeavors that will inform decision making at a single partner organization from the public, private, or not-for-profit sector.

The small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships supported through the Partnership Engage Grants are meant to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors. In addressing an organization-specific need, challenge and/or opportunity, these partnerships let non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.

Partnership Engage Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program and the Connection program.

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.

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.

SSHRC welcomes applications involving Aboriginal research, as well as those involving research-creation.

Related Initiatives:

SSHRC and its partner organizations offer several initiatives that complement funding opportunities:
-Applicants working with Canadian businesses and/or eligible not-for-profit organizations may be eligible for internship cofunding, through the Mitacs Accelerate program, for graduate students and/or postdoctoral researchers involved in their project.

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. Summary reports related to the Knowledge Synthesis Grants for each future challenge area have identified possible gaps in current knowledge, which applicants may wish to further explore. While this is not an evaluation criterion for merit review, SSHRC monitors research capacity in these areas, and develops and implements strategies and knowledge mobilization activities, to enhance the contribution of the humanities and social sciences across the six challenge areas.

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 our society and our 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?

Partnership Development Grant applicants and co-applicants from eligible not-for-profit organizations may request a salary research allowance to release them from duties to their organization.

Salary research allowance: Co-applicants from eligible not-for-profit organizations may request a salary research allowance to release them from duties to their organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182338

Estimated Size of Grant:

Partnership Engage Grants proposals are valued at $7,000 to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant duration is one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


Applications may be submitted by an individual researcher or a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators).

Applicants 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 who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit an end of grant report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award are not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report.

Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to be applicants if they have formally established an affiliation with an eligible institution at the time of application, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.

Students are not eligible for applicant or co-applicant status on Partnership Engage Grants:


Grant funds may only be administered by an eligible Canadian postsecondary 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:


An individual is eligible to be a co-applicant if they are formally affiliated with any of the following:
-Canadian: Postsecondary institution; not-for-profit organization; philanthropic foundation; think tank; or municipal, territorial or provincial government.
-International: Postsecondary institution.

Postdoctoral researchers who are affiliated with a postsecondary institution are eligible to be co-applicants.


Any individual who makes a significant contribution to the project is eligible to be a collaborator. Collaborators do not need to be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution.

Individuals from the private sector or federal government can only participate as collaborators.

Partner Organizations:

Only one Canadian or international organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector may be involved as a partner organization. Postsecondary institutions, as well as any organization or associations affiliated with or servicing them, are not eligible as partner organizations. Partner organizations are expected to support the activities of the partnership through cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Researchers involved in formal partnerships that involve more than one partner organization are encouraged to apply for Partnership Development Grants or Partnership Grants.

Multiple Applications and Holding Multiple Awards:

Individuals may apply, as an applicant, for only one Partnership Engage Grant per calendar year.

Current Partnership Engage Grant holders may not submit a new Partnership Engage Grant application until their current grant is no longer active.

Please see SSHRC’s regulations regarding multiple applications and holding multiple awards for more information:

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines are September 15, December 15, March 15 and June 15.

Applications are due by 8:00 PM (eastern) on the deadline date.

Note: If a deadline falls on a weekend or a Canadian public holiday, the online application system will remain open until 8:00 PM (eastern) on the next business day.

Results will be announced at end of each funding cycle (November, February, May and August).

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Regulations Regarding Multiple Applications:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Institutions may contact Corporate Strategy and Performance to begin the institutional eligibility application process, or if they have questions about institutional eligibility:

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Geographic Focus:

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