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Guidelines for Joint Initiatives

As stated in its Partnerships Strategy, SSHRC is committed to supporting partnerships that create knowledge, share understanding and produce the insight Canada needs to successfully meet the challenges of the 21st century.

SSHRC’s program architecture facilitates the development of partnerships between members of the research community in Canada and abroad, as well as between the Canadian research community and the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. SSHRC encourages the development of such partnerships, and directs interested collaborators first and foremost to apply to SSHRC’s partnerships funding opportunities.

SSHRC also, under certain circumstances, engages directly with other organizations from various sectors, including the not-for-profit, private and public sectors, in order to jointly support and promote training, research and/or connection activities in the social sciences and humanities. Such collaborations are designed to reflect SSHRC’s own strategic objectives and mandate, inform the decision-making processes of its collaborator(s), and, in certain cases, address specific needs.

SSHRC is, therefore, prepared to engage in discussion and, at times, to enter into joint initiative agreements with other organizations in order to focus mutual priorities and objectives. Such collaborations must be based on the guidelines outlined below.

Joint initiatives with SSHRC

The following guidelines must be met in order to establish a joint initiative with SSHRC:

  1. Alignment: Proposed initiative’s relationship with mandate

    • The proposed initiative falls both within SSHRC’s mandate and, one of its corporate objectives as expressed in its strategic plan.
    • The initiative touches on at least one aspect of SSHRC’s mandate, namely Talent (research training), Insight (research) or Connection (knowledge mobilization).
    • Normally, the partners agree to work within the framework of the existing funding opportunities offered under SSHRC’s Talent, Insight and Connection programs.
  2. Excellence: Adherence to an independent merit review process and regulations

  3. Mutual cost-benefit: Resources available from SSHRC and all partners

    • All partners agree to provide substantial financial and/or in-kind support for training, research and/or connection activities in the social sciences and humanities, resulting in an attractive cost-benefit ratio for all involved.
    • All partners agree to provide reasonable support for the operational and management costs related to the initiative’s application and merit review process, communication, brokering, monitoring and evaluation activities.
  4. Potential benefit and impact

    • The benefit to the public good and to the social sciences and humanities research community are clearly articulated and understood prior to SSHRC and the partner(s) entering into a formal agreement.

Opportunities for collaboration

In certain circumstances, it may be determined by SSHRC and potential partners that the partners would, instead, benefit from matchmaking or brokering, via SSHRC’s Opportunities for Collaboration, in order to foster links with social sciences and humanities researchers, between related work and between partners’ priorities.

More information

For more information about SSHRC partnerships, please contact:

Tel.: 613-943-1007
Fax: 613-947-0223