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November 2009 Competition
Value and Duration
Evaluation and Adjudication
While international collaboration has always been part of the scholarly
endeavour, economic globalization and communications technology are both
accelerating its scope and pace and increasing its impact. Especially
for a medium-sized country like Canada, international collaboration in
research is becoming increasingly important—to access the global
pool of knowledge, to develop comparative perspectives on key social,
cultural and economic issues, and to pool knowledge and resources to address
complex global issues.
international policy and strategy acknowledges the importance of international
collaboration to help sustain excellence in research and position Canadian
research in the world. It recognizes the need to create better opportunities
for Canadian researchers to lead and participate in international collaborative
research. The policy also addresses the importance of promoting the distinctive
contribution that Canadian social sciences and humanities research can
make to international research agendas and to better understanding of
major global issues.
Accordingly, the International Opportunities Fund (IOF) program will
help researchers develop, participate in, and lead diverse international
collaborative research activities.
The objectives of the program are to:
- help Canadian researchers to initiate and develop international research
- facilitate Canadian participation or leadership in current or planned
international research initiatives that offer outstanding opportunities
to advance Canadian research.
The International Opportunities Fund program:
- offers important opportunities to advance Canadian research and promote
- supports collaborative research activities that further the goals
of SSHRC's international
policy and strategy;
- enables researchers to take advantage of international collaborative
opportunities in a timely and flexible manner.
Two types of grant are available:
Development Grants, to support developmental activities—such
as workshops, seminars, and planning meetings—that are expected
to lead to significant international collaboration;
Project Grants, to help secure Canadian participation
or leadership in current or planned international research initiatives
The program is not intended to support activities that can be funded
through other available SSHRC programs. Further collaborative activities
resulting from these grants should be supported through other SSHRC programs
or other sources.
Note: In connection with this program, SSHRC may issue
separate calls for proposals to participate in specific international
initiatives that present unique opportunities to advance and promote Canadian
research internationally. Details of such calls for proposals will be
announced in advance.
Value and Duration
Development Grants are worth up to $25,000 for one year.
Project Grants are worth up to $75,000 for one year.
For each grant type, SSHRC will consider extensions for up to one additional year on a case-by-case
basis. Note that such extensions will not be eligible for any additional
SSHRC invites applications from individual researchers or research teams.
The applicant (principal
investigator) must be affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution.
Research teams may include one or more co-applicants
(co-investigators) and collaborators.
Co-applicants may be affiliated with Canadian or foreign postsecondary
Institutions that propose to administer any grant awarded under this program must meet the requirements for managing SSHRC funds and must hold or obtain institutional eligibility.
Evaluation and Adjudication
A multidisciplinary committee will meet to adjudicate proposals
according to the following criteria:
- importance and timeliness of the opportunity for current or planned
international research efforts in the area and demonstrated need for
funding from the International Opportunities Fund;
- potential for the advancement of excellent research and potential
impact on Canadian and international research in the area;
- strength of the applicant’s and research team’s academic
and other qualifications (taking into account stage of career);
- value-added offered by the international approach to the initiative
and extent to which the international participants’ expertise
and knowledge will benefit the collaboration;
- probability that an IOF grant will secure sustainable future collaboration;
- likelihood that an IOF grant will enable the successful applicants
to leverage other forms of funding;
- quality of plans for student training opportunities;
- appropriateness of the budget.
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 (TAFAG). While the TAFAG has precedence, additional information can also be found in the
For further information about the International Opportunities Fund, please contact:
Strategic Programs and Joint Initiatives