Public Outreach Grants: Dissemination

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November 2011 Competition

Value and Duration
Evaluation and Adjudication
Administrative Regulations and Related Information
Contact Information


Knowledge mobilization is a core priority for SSHRC, one aimed at facilitating and enabling the movement of knowledge in the social sciences and humanities to and from various sectors of society in order to inform Canadian and international debate, decisions and actions.

SSHRC actively supports connecting, disseminating, exchanging and co-creating knowledge to meet the needs of society. The aim is to ensure that people who stand to benefit from research results (e.g., policy-makers, business leaders, community leaders, educators, and members of the media, as well as academics in various fields) have the knowledge they need, when they need it, in useful forms.


Public Outreach Grants are designed to mobilize and/or leverage existing and ongoing research in the social sciences and humanities for a range of audiences beyond academia. Through this funding opportunity, SSHRC encourages researchers to find effective ways to disseminate, transfer, exchange, synthesize and broker research results to wider audiences.

Funding is available for knowledge mobilization activities in the open category, or any of SSHRC's priority areas:



The Public Outreach Grants: Dissemination funding opportunity supports activities that help share the results of academic research with non-academic audiences.

Dissemination activities include, but are not limited to:

  1. adapting texts or presentations for different audiences (including translations into French, English or an aboriginal language);
  2. policy briefs;
  3. knowledge syntheses;
  4. articles in newspapers or weekly or monthly magazines, whether specialized or general interest (publications in scholarly journals are not eligible);
  5. interactive technologies, databases and audio-visual products;
  6. media events (such as interviews, or television or radio presentations);
  7. press conferences;
  8. public debates or testimonies;
  9. software or NetWare;
  10. educational aids, instruments or equipment;
  11. artistic exhibits, performances or festivals;
  12. submissions to public commissions, roundtables or workshops; and
  13. virtual networking and interactions.

If a proposed activity is not listed above, applicants should consult the program officer to ensure that they are eligible for this funding opportunity.

Note: All activities should be set in the context of a cohesive and fully articulated mobilization plan or strategy. Applicants are encouraged to describe how the proposed knowledge mobilization activities are expected to increase the capacity of selected audiences to understand and use research results.

Target audiences include, but are not limited to:

  • policy-makers;
  • organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors;
  • communities of interest (geographic or virtual);
  • other areas of Canada beyond the scope of the original research;
  • students at all levels (i.e., primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities);
  • the general public; and
  • international audiences.


Value and Duration

Applicants must situate their proposals within one of three funding levels: under $50,000, $50,000 to $100,000, and over $100,000. There is no maximum value for the last category; however, applicants should ensure their plans can be implemented in one year. The applications will be adjudicated according to merit and the adjudication criteria outlined below. The level of funding requested should be justified in detail and appropriate to the activities undertaken by the proposed project.

Public Outreach Grants: Dissemination will be tenable for one year only, with the possibility of one one-year extension. Grant holders must apply to the Public Outreach Grants: Dissemination program officer for any extensions. This is a one-time call for proposals.




Applications may be submitted by eligible institutions or individual researchers or teams of researchers affiliated with Canadian postsecondary institutions.

Institutional Eligibility

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 peer review committee of researchers and experts from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors will assess applications.

The committee will adjudicate proposals according to the following criteria:

1. Challenge: The aim and importance of the endeavour (45%)

  • clarity of the stated objectives and defined scope;
  • evidence of the quality and significance of the research results to be disseminated, including a clear delineation of a well-defined body of knowledge to be disseminated;
  • quality of training and mentoring to be provided to students, emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel, and suitability of the opportunities for them to contribute;
  • likelihood of influence and impact within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community; and
  • appropriateness (to both the audience and the body of knowledge), innovativeness and quality of the knowledge mobilization process, including effective dissemination, exchange and plans to engage within and beyond the research community.

2. Feasibility: The plan to achieve excellence (30%)

  • feasibility of meeting the objectives of the Public Outreach Grants: Dissemination funding opportunity, and, where appropriate, thematic priority objectives;
  • strategies and timelines for the design and conduct of the activity; and
  • appropriateness of the requested budget, justification of proposed costs, and indications of other planned resources (time, human and financial), including leveraging of cash and in-kind support from the host institution and/or from partners, where appropriate.

3. Capability: The expertise to succeed (25%)

  • quality, quantity and significance of past experience and published outputs relative to the stage of the applicant’s career;
  • evidence of pre-existing engagement between the applicant(s) and the receptor and/or collaborator communities; applicant(s) should have a letter of support from the appropriate communities or explain why it is not included; and
  • potential for future contributions.

Scoring table
Adjudication committee members assign a score for each of the three criteria based on the scoring table below. The appropriate percentage weighting is then applied.

Score Descriptor
5-6 Excellent
4-4.9 Very Good
3-3.9 Good
Below 3 Unacceptable

All applicants will receive, together with SSHRC’s notice of decision, a summary of the adjudication committee's comments.


Administrative Regulations and Related Information

All applicants and grant holders must comply with the Regulations Governing Grant Applications and with the regulations set out in the Grant Holder’s Guide for Strategic Grants.

For descriptions of SSHRC terms, see Definitions of Terms.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Bryde Kelly
Program Officer
Knowledge Mobilization and Program Integration Division
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON  K1P 6G4

Tel.: 613-947-2060
Fax: 613-992-7635