Multi-agency Research Funding Collaboration

SSHRC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (the CFI) are working to enhance the co-ordination of their programs, activities and policies. Applicants to any of SSHRC’s grant or scholarship funding opportunities may collaborate with researchers working in fields other than the social sciences and humanities. These organizations are committed to strengthening their joint efforts in order to address the knowledge, people and entrepreneurial advantages identified in the federal government’s science and technology strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage.

For example:

  • Social sciences and humanities faculty may participate as co-applicants, and postdoctoral researchers as collaborators, in NSERC's Strategic Partnership Grants program. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the NSERC website to find out whether they meet the eligibility requirements and for full details on the program, including how to apply.
  • SSHRC’s Connection Grants, Partnership Grants, and Partnership Development Grants enable funding to formal teams that include participation from researchers (including postdoctoral researchers) from beyond the social sciences and humanities.
  • SSHRC’s Insight Grants and Insight Development Grants enable funding to small teams that include participation from researchers (including postdoctoral researchers) from beyond the social sciences and humanities.
  • Researchers in the social sciences and humanities are encouraged to participate in proposals for funding under the suite of Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) programs. On behalf of SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR, the NCE funds large-scale, collaborative and interdisciplinary research networks, commercialization centres and business-led research networks. These networks and centres focus a critical mass of research resources on social and economic challenges, commercialize and apply research breakthroughs, increase private-sector R&D, and train highly qualified people.

Learn more about collaboration among federal research funding organizations at www.science.gc.ca.