||$7,000 to $25,000
|Application deadline *
||8 p.m. eastern on September 15, December 15, March 15 and June 15
||At end of each funding cycle (November, February, May and August)
||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.
Future Challenge Areas
Value and Duration
Evaluation and Adjudication
Regulations, Policies and Related Information
Partnership Engage Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program and the Connection program. Please note that Partnership Engage Grants cannot respond exclusively to the objectives of the Connection program.
These grants 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 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 Indigenous research, as well as those involving research-creation.
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.
Please consult SSHRC’s Funding search tool to learn more about specific joint initiatives.
Future Challenge Areas
SSHRC invites all applicants to review Imagining Canada’s Future’s 16 future global challenges and to consider addressing one or more of these areas in their research proposal. This is not an evaluation criterion for merit review and does not offer additional or dedicated research funds for this funding opportunity.
Value and Duration
Partnership Engage Grants are valued at $7,000 to $25,000 for 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.
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 under this funding opportunity.
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 a Partnership Engage Grant.
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.
Institutions may contact Corporate Strategy and Performance to begin the institutional eligibility application process, or if they have questions about institutional eligibility.
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.
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 association 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 have 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.
Grant holders will be expected to report on the use of grant funds, on funded activities undertaken during the grant period, and on outcomes. Successful applicants will be informed of reporting requirements upon receiving their Notice of Award.
Applicants must complete the application form in accordance with accompanying instructions. Applications must be submitted electronically by an authorized research grants officer, or equivalent, from the applicant’s institution.
Applicants needing help while preparing their application should communicate with SSHRC well in advance of the application deadline.
Once the 8:00 p.m. (eastern) application deadline has passed, the application server will be offline for 48 hours and unable to accept applications. The server will come back online thereafter, ready to accept applications for the next competition deadline. During the 48-hour hiatus, the server will retain the information for applications still in progress.
Evaluation and Adjudication
Applications are adjudicated, and available funds awarded, through a merit review process. SSHRC bases funding decisions on the recommendations of the adjudication committee and on the funds available. Committee discussions are guided by the principle of minimum essential funding.
SSHRC’s Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research are relevant for researchers (applicants and project directors) and students preparing SSHRC applications related to Indigenous research. SSHRC provides these guidelines to merit reviewers to help build understanding of Indigenous research and research-related activities, and to assist committee members in interpreting SSHRC’s specific evaluation criteria in the context of Indigenous research. SSHRC relies on a community of merit reviewers with experience and expertise in Indigenous 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 Indigenous research.
Evaluation criteria and scoring
The following criteria and scoring scheme are used to evaluate the applications:
- Challenge—The aim and importance of the endeavour (60%):
- the 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.
- Feasibility—The plan to achieve excellence (20%):
- probability that the objectives will be met within the timeline proposed;
- involvement of the 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.
- 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 the stage of their 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 past contributions to the training and mentoring of students, postdoctoral researchers and highly qualified personnel.
Adjudication committee members assign a score for each of the three criteria above, based on the following scoring table. 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 to be recommended for funding.
||Very good to excellent
||Good to very good
||Satisfactory to good
Communication of results
Research offices will be informed of their applicants’ competition results via SSHRC’s secure site.All applicants will be provided, in addition to SSHRC’s notice of decision, a summary of the adjudication committee’s evaluation of their proposal, where applicable.
Regulations, Policies and Related Information
SSHRC reserves the right to determine the eligibility of applications, based on the information therein. SSHRC also reserves the right to interpret the regulations and policies governing its funding opportunities.
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, in accordance with both community standards and best practices, data arising from their research.
Guidelines and related support material
All applicants for SSHRC funding should consult the following guidelines while preparing their applications:
For more information, contact: