Connection Grants - Connecting for Canada’s 150th

Information for applicants

SSHRC is proud to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. All across the country and in a variety of ways, Canadians will be celebrating this historic occasion. We believe this anniversary is an opportunity to acknowledge and support scholarly or research-related activities which mobilize research about Canada at 150: its past, its present and its future.

Many milestones—social, political, cultural, economic—helped shape Canada as we know it today, and they continue to influence our leaders and impact our citizens from one generation to the next. Understanding these milestones, and their consequences, is the domain of the social sciences and humanities.

It is in that spirit that SSHRC is pleased to offer Connecting for Canada’s 150th, a unique series of Connection Grants to support one hundred and fiftieth anniversary-related initiatives organized by postsecondary institutions and scholars. These events or outreach activities should mark or celebrate this historic anniversary, enhancing our understanding of the social, cultural, technological, environmental and economic issues we face at 150.

This funding opportunity also provides support for connection activities which exemplify the contributions of Canadian institutions and researchers in social sciences and humanities, either to a discipline or to global fields of study.  


Application Process:

To be considered for funding under the Connecting for Canada’s 150th initiative, applicants must complete the application form and follow the accompanying instructions, as outlined in the Connection Grant funding opportunity description.

SSHRC will accept applications for this initiative for one of the following deadlines:

  • August 1, 2016;
  • November 1, 2016; and
  • February 1, 2017.

Applicants must include the following information in their application form:

  • Under Application Title, “CANADA 150” must be used as a prefix to the event or initiative title;
  • Under Keywords, “CANADA 150” must be included as a keyword;
  • Under Expected Outcomes, detail the potential benefits and/or outcomes of the proposed event or outreach activity, specifically as they relate to Canada’s 150th anniversary; and
  • Under Description of Connection Project, demonstrate how the proposed event or outreach activity marks or celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary.


Evaluation and Adjudication:

Applications to the Connecting for Canada’s 150th funding opportunity are subject to the evaluation criteria and scoring scheme common to all Connection Grants.

In addition, as part of its overall assessment of the proposal in meeting the objectives of the Connection program in general, and those of this initiative in particular, the merit review committee will also evaluate, under the Challenge criteria in the Connection Grants description, the appropriateness of the proposal in relation to Canada’s 150th.


Contact Information:

For more information about the Connecting with Canada’s 150th initiative, or about Connection Grants in general, please contact:

Tel.: 613-943-1007