Partnership Engage Grants

Overview
Value $7,000 to $25,000
Duration 1 year
Application deadline
(8 p.m. eastern)
September 15, December 15, March 15 and June 15
Results announced At end of each funding cycle (November, February, May and August)
Apply Web CV, application and instructions

* Note: 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.


Description
Future Challenge Areas
Value and Duration
Eligibility
Application Process
Evaluation and Adjudication
Regulations, Policies and Related Information
Contact Information



Description

Partnership Engage Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program and the Connection program. They provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities 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.

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

Related Opportunities

SSHRC and its partner organizations offer several initiatives that complement funding opportunities. Please consult SSHRC’s Funding page to learn more about specific joint initiatives.



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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.



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Value and Duration

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

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.



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Eligibility

Subject matter

Most SSHRC funding is awarded through open competitions. Proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Please see Subject Matter Eligibility for more information.

Projects whose primary objective is curriculum development are not eligible for funding.

Applicants

Applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application.

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.

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.


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.

Co-applicants

Co-applicants may be individuals from any of the following:

  • Canadian: Postsecondary institutions; not-for-profit organizations; philanthropic foundations; think tanks; and municipal, territorial or provincial governments.
  • International: Postsecondary institutions.

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

Collaborators

Any individual who may make 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 may only participate as collaborators.

Multiple Applications

Individuals may apply for only one Partnership Engage Grant per calendar year. In addition, current Partnership Engage Grant holders may not submit a new Partnership Engage Grant application until their current grant is no longer active.

Please refer to SSHRC’s regulations regarding multiple applications for more information.

Partner organizations

Only one Canadian or international organization from the public, private and/or non-profit sector may be involved as a partner organization. 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.

Institutions

Grant funds may only be administered by an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution. Institutions proposing to administer any grant awarded under this funding opportunity must hold or obtain institutional eligibility.

Monitoring

Grant holders will be expected to report on the use of grant funds, on funded activities undertaken during the period of the grant, and on outcomes. Successful applicants will be informed of reporting requirements upon receiving their Notice of Award.



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Application Process

Applicants must complete the application form in accordance with the accompanying instructions. Applications must be submitted electronically by an authorized research grants officer, or equivalent, from the applicant’s institution.

Note: Once the 8:00 p.m. (eastern) deadline has passed, the application server will be offline for 48 hours and will not be able to accept any additional applications. The application server will come back online after that 48-hour period, ready to accept applications for the next competition deadline.



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Evaluation and Adjudication

Applications are adjudicated, and available funds are awarded, through a merit review process. SSHRC makes funding decisions based on the recommendations of the adjudication committees and on the funds available. Committee discussions are guided by the principle of minimum essential funding.

SSHRC’s Guidelines for the Merit Review of Aboriginal Research are relevant for researchers (applicants and project directors) and students preparing SSHRC applications related to Aboriginal research. SSHRC provides these guidelines to merit reviewers to help build understanding of Aboriginal research and research-related activities, and to assist committee members in interpreting SSHRC’s specific Challenge, Feasibility and Capability evaluation criteria in the context of Aboriginal research. SSHRC relies on a community of merit reviewers with experience and expertise in Aboriginal research to judge the extent to which the guidelines may be applied to a particular research proposal. The guidelines may also be of use to external assessors, postsecondary institutions and partner organizations that support Aboriginal research.

Evaluation Criteria and Scoring

The following criteria and scoring schemes are used to evaluate applications:

  1. Challenge—The aim and importance of the endeavour (60%):
    • research’s relevance to needs, challenges and/or opportunities facing the partner organization;
    • originality, significance, and expected contribution to knowledge and, more specifically, to the partner organization;
    • appropriateness of the literature review;
    • appropriateness of the methods and theoretical approach;
    • quality of training and mentoring to be provided to students, emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel, and opportunities for them to contribute; and
    • potential for the project results to have influence and impact within the partner organization and beyond.
  2. Feasibility—The plan to achieve excellence (20%):
    • probability that the objectives will be met within the timeline proposed;
    • involvement of partner organization in the design and conduct of the research and/or related activities;
    • appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of proposed costs;
    • indications of other planned resources, including leveraging of cash and in-kind support from the host institution and/or from the partner organization; and
    • quality and appropriateness of the knowledge mobilization plans, including effective dissemination, exchange and engagement with the partner organization and other stakeholders within and/or beyond the research community.
  3. Capability—The expertise to succeed (20%):

    • quality, quantity and significance of past experience and published and/or creative outputs of the applicant and any co-applicants relative to their roles in the partnership and to their respective stages of career;
    • evidence of other knowledge mobilization activities (e.g., films, performances, commissioned reports, knowledge syntheses, experience in collaboration / other interactions with stakeholders, contributions to public debate and the media) and of impacts on professional practice, social services and policies, etc.; and
    • evidence of contributions to the development of talent.

Adjudication committee members assign a score for each of the three criteria based on the scoring table below. The appropriate weighting is then applied to arrive at a final score. Applications must receive a score of 3.0 or higher for each of the three criteria in order to be recommended for funding.

Score Descriptor
5-6 Very good - excellent
4-4.9 Good - very good
3-3.9 Satisfactory - good
Below 3 Unsatisfactory

Communication of Results

Research offices will be informed of the competition results pertaining to their applicants by way of SSHRC’s secure site. All applicants will receive, in addition to SSHRC’s notice of decision, a summary of the adjudication committee’s evaluation of their proposal, where applicable.


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Regulations, Policies and Related Information

All applicants and grant holders must comply with the Regulations Governing Grant Applications and with the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.

Grant holders must also comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. See SSHRC’s Open Access overview for more information. SSHRC also encourages researchers to manage data arising from their research in accordance with both community standards and best practices.

Guidelines and related support material

All applicants for SSHRC funding should consult the following guidelines while preparing their applications:



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Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Email: partnershipengagegrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca
Tel.: 613-943-1007