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Salary Research Allowances

Under certain SSHRC programs, postsecondary institution-based researchers and non-academic researchers form partnerships for the purposes of research, advanced research training and knowledge mobilization. SSHRC recognizes that some not-for-profit organizations face financial difficulty in replacing one of their staff members so that person can participate in a SSHRC-funded research project.

To help address this situation, SSHRC has made salary research allowances an eligible expense within a grant. These stipends cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of temporarily replacing an employee from a not-for-profit organization who will be devoting his or her time as a principal investigator or co-investigator on a SSHRC-funded research project.

Salary research allowances can only be used by not-for-profit organizations that have applicants or co-applicants listed on their Notice of Award. Researchers holding an academic position at a postsecondary institution and government employees are not eligible for salary research allowances.

Eligible Programs

A salary research allowance may only be requested as part of an application for a research grant. Please refer to the program description, and the program's accompanying application instructions, on the SSHRC website to determine if the program to which you are applying provides a salary research allowance.

Value and Duration

SSHRC salary research allowances are a contribution to a not-for-profit organization to help compensate for the time an employee will spend participating in a SSHRC-funded research project.

Applicants may apply for up to 50 per cent of the annual salary of the person who is to be replaced. The salary replacement allowance can be requested for each year of the award.


Recipients of a salary replacement allowance are not considered employees of SSHRC. The 50 per cent amount must be based on total salary costs, including all benefits.