SSHRC supports postsecondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities in the social sciences and humanities.

SSHRC funding opportunities are available through three programs: Talent, Insight and Connection.

Talent: The Talent program supports graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in order to develop the next generation of researchers and leaders.

Insight: The Insight program builds knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world by supporting research excellence.

Connection: The Connection program realizes the potential of social sciences and humanities research for intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact.

Joint initiatives: Developed and funded by SSHRC and other organizations, joint initiatives support targeted research on pressing social, economic and cultural issues.

Community and College Social Innovation Fund

Following the success of the Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) pilot program, the 2017 federal budget provided an additional $10 million over two years beginning in 2017–18 to continue the pilot. The pilot will be delivered under the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), in collaboration with the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CCSIF Grants are intended to support college social innovation research projects in partnership with local community organizations. CCSIF proposals can be multidisciplinary and may fall under the research domains of the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and/or health sciences. Applications exclusively in the social sciences and humanities, or in health sciences, or in the natural sciences and engineering, will be funded by SSHRC, CIHR, or NSERC, as appropriate. Multidisciplinary grants containing a natural sciences and engineering research component will be funded by NSERC.

Application deadline
December 8, 2017
Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Global Landscape

How will Canada continue to thrive in an interconnected world and evolving global landscape?

Application deadline
January 12, 2017
Partnership Development Grants
To develop research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities

Application deadline
November 30, 2017
Partnership Engage Grants

To support short-term partnered research activities involving a postsecondary institution and a single organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sectors

Application deadline
September 15, December 15, March 15 and June 15
Partnership Grants - Stage 1
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. Please see the Insight, Connection and Talent program descriptions for more details.

Application deadline
February 15, 2018
Partnership Grants - Stage 2
To support new and existing formal research and/or knowledge mobilization partnerships over four to seven years

Application deadline
November 1, 2017
Societal Implications of Genomics Research
Societal Implications of Genomics Research is a joint initiative of SSHRC and Genome Canada. The initiative promotes social sciences and humanities research and related activities aimed at expanding understanding of the potential for new and emerging genomic innovations to profoundly affect society. Interested researchers should develop proposals related to this focus and submit their applications through funding opportunities offered under SSHRC’s Insight and Connection programs, or to relevant Knowledge Synthesis Grants competitions.

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