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Horizon 2020 Migration Call

Deadline has been extended to March 19, 2020

SSHRC is launching a call for proposals in support of Canadian researchers’ engagement with European research consortia funded via the Horizon 2020 (H2020) research platform. This is the second round of this SSHRC funding opportunity.

In October 2017, the European Union (EU) launched H2020, a final three-year work program representing the largest EU research funding platform to date, comprising calls for research totalling €30 billion. In 2020, the last year of the work program, the platform includes an ambitious plan for international research collaboration on migration issues, with up to €32 million for topics ranging from the international protection of refugees to the integration of migrant children.

SSHRC encourages interested Canadian researchers to work directly with research teams from EU member states on the theme of migration within H2020 societal challenge 6: Europe in a changing world—Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.

SSHRC will make one- to three-year awards valued at $75,000 to $200,000 available to researchers (affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution) on successful H2020 research teams.

Researchers based in Quebec may receive additional support of $50,000 from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) seeks to engage with Canadian researchers successful in this competition that are researching topics of high priority to the IRCC. Contact SSHRC for further details.

For further details about the H2020 call itself, visit the European Commission’s Research & Innovation Participant Portal.

Researchers applying for SSHRC support are responsible for initiating contact with eligible EU researchers and teams to form a consortium, participating in proposal development, and carrying out the proposed research.

  • For general information on international co-operation and participation, consult the H2020 Online Manual.
  • For detailed information about participating on an EU research team, visit the EU H2020 website.

SSHRC will support the following four subthemes in this H2020 call:

Inclusive and innovative practices for the integration of recently arrived migrants in local communities—MIGRATION-04-2020

Type of action: Innovation action (IA) and Research and Innovation action (RIA)
Estimated number of consortia to be funded: 1 IA + 2 RIA
Call opens: November 2019
Deadline: March 19, 2020
EU budget: €9.0 million

This subtheme is flagged for researchers from Africa, the Middle East and Canada.

Mapping and overcoming integration challenges for migrant children—MIGRATION-05-2018-2020

Type of action: Innovation action
Estimated number of consortia to be funded: 3
Call opens: November 2019
Deadline: March 19, 2020
EU budget: €9.0 million

Narratives on migration and its impact: past and present—MIGRATION-09-2020

Type of action: Research and Innovation action
Estimated number of consortia to be funded: 3
Call opens: November 2019
Deadline: March 19, 2020
EU budget: €9.0 million

Sustainable practices for the integration of newly arrived migrants into societies—MIGRATION-10-2020

Type of action: Co-ordination and Support action
Estimated number of consortia to be funded: 1
Call opens: November 2019
Deadline: March 19, 2020
EU budget: €2.0 million


Applications may be submitted by a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant / project director and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators). The applicant / project director prepares the application on behalf of the partner organizations of the formal partnership.

Applicants / project directors (except postdoctoral researchers and students) 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 / project directors 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 within five months of the grant start date, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.

Students enrolled in a program of study are not eligible to apply. However, PhD candidates are eligible to apply if they:

  • will have met all requirements for the PhD before the grant is awarded, including all course work and successful defence of their dissertation, if applicable; and
  • establish a formal affiliation with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution within five months of the grant start date, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.


Individuals are eligible to be co-applicants if they are formally affiliated with any of the following:

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

Multiple applications and holding multiple awards

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.

Should the EU evaluation process recommend support for the consortium, SSHRC will require the following documentation before releasing funds to Canadian participants:

  • written confirmation from the EU research team of Canadian applicants’ involvement; and
  • written confirmation of consortium funding through an H2020 Migration subtheme funding call.

SSHRC requires sufficient information to determine institutional, participant and subject matter eligibility for SSHRC funding. The following materials are required and must be submitted as PDF file attachments via email.

The SSHRC application should contain the following sections: Each section may be attached to the email as a separate PDF file OR combined into a single PDF file. Note that file size transfer limits may apply.

  1. Participants
    • the applicant’s SSHRC Web CV, which contains personal contact information, institutional affiliation and other relevant information related to identification and the determination of eligibility; and
    • a list of co-applicants and collaborators (names, affiliations and roles only)
  2.  Summary of the H2020 Research Proposal and Associated Canadian Activities
    • a summary of the proposal (maximum one page), written in clear, non-technical language, for public information purposes; and
    • a detailed description (maximum three pages) containing:
      • a descriptive title (maximum 255 characters);
      • the title of the subtheme addressed by the proposal;
      • a short description of the full consortium project, outlining the significance and expected contributions; and
      • a short description of Canadian participants’ activities, including a statement of the anticipated contributions to knowledge and benefits to Canadians (e.g., training of students, contributions to policy-relevant knowledge of refugee and immigration issues, etc.).
  3. SSHRC Budget Form and One-page Budget Justification
    • an itemized budget page with costs quoted in Canadian dollars; and
    • a one-page statement justifying the proposed costs—provide only information about the budget for funds requested from SSHRC.
  4. Signature Pages
    • a Terms and Conditions form signed by the applicant and the institution’s research grants officer or other authorized individual.

Submitting an application

All application materials must be submitted as PDFs in either official language and be received by SSHRC by 8:00 p.m. (eastern), March 19, 2020.

Email complete applications to: Applications submitted in whole or in part by other means will not be considered.

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

Grant holders must also comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. To learn more, consult the Open Access overview. 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:

Contact Information

Anna Torgerson
Senior Program Officer
Research Grants and Partnerships Division
Tel.: 613-996-3248

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