In response to the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Report in 2015, and in particular the Call
to Action number 65, SSHRC is exploring ways to make it easier for Indigenous not-for-profit
organizations with a research mandate to apply for institutional eligibility.
is doing so by easing the requirements and expanding the length of the eligibility
period to manage SSHRC grant funding.
will continue to engage with Indigenous communities to further streamline the application
process, Indigenous not-for-profit organizations can now apply for institutional
eligibility for a five-year period to manage multiple Partnership Development Grants,
Partnership Grants, and/or Connection Grants, instead of re-applying with each grant
When institutional eligibility is required
Indigenous not-for-profit organizations wanting to administer the funds of more
than one Partnership Development Grant, Partnership Grant and/or Connection Grant
at the same time should apply for institutional eligibility using the process described
Is your organization eligible to apply?
SSHRC’s mandate is to promote and support research in the social sciences and humanities.
As such, only Indigenous not-for-profit organizations in Canada with a research
mandate can become eligible to manage SSHRC funds.
SSHRC strongly encourages Indigenous not-for-profit organizations interested in
obtaining eligibility to contact
SSHRC for further information about the institutional eligibility
process and requirements.
Which Indigenous not-for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply?
SSHRC’s current institutional eligibility policies, federal, provincial, territorial
and municipal government departments, for-profit organizations and foreign institutions
are not eligible to administer
grants and awards.
cannot grant institutional eligibility to band councils, Indigenous
governments or governance bodies, or for-profit corporations at this time.
Applying for institutional eligibility will not affect an Indigenous not-for-profit
organization’s participation in current or future SSHRC-funded projects as an applicant,
co-applicant, collaborator or partner.
Organizations unable to satisfy all the criteria for institutional eligibility can
continue to participate in SSHRC-funded projects by making arrangements with an
Indigenous not-for-profit organizations may still apply for grant-specific provisional and/or restricted eligibility should they not wish to administer more than
Research Support Fund
Organizations granted institutional eligibility through this process are not eligible
for funding from the Research
How to apply
An Indigenous not-for-profit organization can apply for eligibility to administer
grants and awards by submitting to
a written request by email or mail,
which is signed by the organization’s head or delegate, along with all required documentation.
However, to streamline the application process,
has modified some requirements.
In place of the Background Information sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 and 2.6 of the Institutional Eligibility Requirements,
Indigenous not-for-profit organizations may now submit the following documentation:
- a short history of the organization (maximum one page); and
- a research statement that includes, as applicable:
- a description of the organization’s current research;
- the number of staff conducting research, and a brief description of their duties
- copies of any published research results (e.g., community newspaper articles, pamphlets,
web materials, journal articles); and
- the most recent copies of the organization’s annual reports, polices, strategies
or research plans, if available.
Note on timeline: All applications for institutional eligibility
normally take three to four months to process from the time that SSHRC
has received all documentation. As such,
highly recommends that organizations
submit a completed institutional eligibility application four months prior to the
funding opportunity deadline to which they intend to apply.
An Indigenous not-for-profit organization becomes eligible to administer grants
and awards once
receives a copy of the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions
signed by both
SSHRC’s president and the head of the Indigenous not-for-profit organization.
receive feedback from Indigenous not-for-profit organizations?
SSHRC will solicit feedback from all groups that apply for institutional eligibility
through this process via an online survey. SSHRC will send the survey to all organizations
at the end of the application process. SSHRC also welcomes oral or written feedback
from all participants at all stages of the process.
Each organization must appoint a research administrator who is responsible for reviewing
grant applications for
funding from applicants affiliated with their institution,
approving them as appropriate, and forwarding them to SSHRC.
It is the research administrator’s responsibility to ensure that the application
is forwarded to
by the application deadline. In forwarding an application
SSHRC, the research administrator confirms that the organization will take responsibility
for the administration of
funds, if the application receives funding.
The research administrator is defined as an authorized official designated by the organization, who:
- has the authority to bind the organization to the general conditions governing grants
and awards, as outlined in the Agreement;
- has financial signing authority;
- holds an official, paid position with the organization; and
- does not intend to be involved in the application as an applicant/project director, co-applicant or collaborator.
recommends potential applicants contact
staff via email for help with
this new application process. Send any questions to:
SSHRC Institutional Eligibility
125 Zaida Eddy Private, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada