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Value Up to $25,000
Duration One year
Application deadline June 13, 2016 (8 p.m. eastern)
Results announced July 2016
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* Note: If a deadline falls on a weekend or a Canadian public holiday, the online application system will remain open until 8 p.m. (eastern time) on the next business day.

Value and Duration
Application Process
Evaluation and Adjudication
Regulations, Policies and Related Changes
About our Partner
Contact Information


The arrival of Syrian refugees in Canada is a rare event, full of challenges for both the refugees themselves and for all Canadians. Governments and communities will need access to the latest knowledge to develop best practices in supporting and resettling refugees. With this in mind, this special call seeks to support research and mobilize knowledge in a timely way on key issues and events—such as education, employment, skills development, social integration and security—in the early days of the migration and resettlement process.

In partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), SSHRC will offer support to peer-reviewed research on Syrian refugee resettlement in Canada, by providing supplementary grants to SSHRC-funded researchers already studying immigration, refugee resettlement, early integration and related topics.

This joint initiative aims to support targeted, practical and actionable research projects capable of delivering initial findings within six months to one year. SSHRC encourages researchers undertaking longer-term projects on subject matter related to this call to consider whether other SSHRC funding opportunities are better suited to their research.



The purpose of this funding opportunity is to award supplementary support to SSHRC-funded researchers who have received a SSHRC grant in the past six years in areas related to immigration and refugee resettlement. It is intended to:

  • support researchers addressing pressing, short-term research issues related to the current refugee resettlement effort;
  • support research and related activities that may inform the efforts of policy-makers, service organizations and other stakeholders;
  • support targeted and policy-relevant research focused on the Syrian refugee population, in areas such as employment, social integration, children and youth, resilience, trauma, (re)settlement surveys and mental health; and
  • engage interested Canadian researchers and teams to mobilize knowledge and provide findings that may inform government policy and foster stakeholder engagement.

Funding may be used for a range of research and research-related activities, including but not limited to:

  • conducting short-term research that can contribute to the effective integration of refugees and meet the knowledge needs of policy-makers, service providers and other stakeholders;
  • organizing networking activities for researchers, government actors and community-based groups working on refugee and immigrant arrival and resettlement; 
  • acquiring baseline data and information, and linking data sources necessary for long-term research and evaluation, including data gathering and developing protocols for data gathering; 
  • developing resources and tools to support community-based refugee integration; and
  • developing targeted knowledge syntheses or reports on urgent policy / operational questions.


Value and Duration

These one-year grants are worth up to $25,000. Up to 10 grants may be awarded.

Successful applicants or their delegates will be expected to present available results at a session or workshop at the 2017 National Metropolis Conference. Travel costs for the conference should be included in the budget submitted as part of the application. Successful applicants will receive more details on the conference.



Subject matter

Grant proposals may involve any disciplines and approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Please see Subject Matter Eligibility for more information.

Projects whose primary objective is curriculum development are not eligible for funding.


To apply for this grant, applicants must be currently involved, or have been involved within the past six (6) years, as a principal investigator, project director or co-investigator in a SSHRC-funded project. This includes, but is not limited to, funding awarded through the Partnership, Insight, Connection, Canada Research Chairs and Networks for Centres of Excellence programs.

Applicants must also be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application. If an applicant is not affiliated with a SSHRC eligible institution, the institution must meet the requirements to administer grants and awards, as outlined in the Institutional Eligibility Requirements for the Administration of Grants and Awards. They must contact SSHRC at least five business days prior to the application deadline to begin the eligibility process. Applicants successful in the competition must be affiliated with an eligible institution before funding can be released.

Applicants who have received a SSHRC grant of any type and have not submitted an outstanding final research report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award are not eligible to apply for this or any other SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report.

Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply for a g rant. However, for SSHRC to release grant funds, successful applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution before the grant is awarded, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.


Co-applicants may be individuals from any of the following:

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

Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to be co-applicants under the same conditions as those outlined in Applicants.


Any individual who will make a significant contribution to the research initiative is eligible to be a collaborator. Collaborators do not need to be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution.


Application Process

Applications must be emailed as a PDF using the following format:

  • single-sided, 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm) paper size;
  • single-spaced, with no more than six lines of type per inch;
  • body text in a minimum 12 pt Times New Roman font;
  • all margins set at a minimum of 3/4" (1.87 cm);
  • name of the institution appears within the set margins at the top right corner of every page; and
  • all pages, including the printed copies of the CV, numbered consecutively and indicating the total number of pages sent (e.g., 1 of 14 or 1/14 … 14/14).

Applications must include the following:

  1. letter (maximum four pages, not including references) containing:
    • a descriptive title (maximum 255 characters);
    • a description of the project, including the significance, expected contributions and impacts, contextualized within the current literature and accounting for previous work done in the areas;
    • an outline of the relevant expertise and experience of the applicant/team;
    • a work plan, including timelines, and a description of the proposed methodology and approach;
    • the applicant’s signature; and
    • in the upper right-hand corner of each page, the applicant’s name and the theme and subtheme(s) under which the proposal falls;
  2. an itemized budget (maximum two pages), including justification of proposed expenditures;
  3. a knowledge mobilization plan (maximum two pages), identifying the target research users expected to receive the results, how the results will be shared, and one or more examples of knowledge mobilization the applicant/team has conducted with research users;
  4. a half-page summary of the proposal, written in clear, non-technical language (by submitting an application, applicants consent, should they be awarded a grant, to the use of this summary for promotional purposes outside the research community, to inform politicians, media and members of the public who request information about research funded by SSHRC);
  5. a SSHRC Web CV for each applicant and co-applicant (the CCV cannot be accepted at this time);
  6. a list of research contributions (maximum four pages) for each applicant and co‑applicant, describing:
    • research contributions over the last six years (refereed, non-refereed and forthcoming contributions, creative outputs, etc.);
    • other contributions to research and the advancement of knowledge within the last six years, including research contributions to non-academic audiences (general public, policy-makers, private sector, not-for-profit organizations, etc.);
    • career interruptions and special circumstances; and
    • contributions to training within the last six years, including roles in supervising or co-supervising ongoing and/or completed theses, listing these by the student’s level of studies;
  7. a separate page containing the signature of an authorized signatory from the applicant’s institution, certifying that the institution will administer any award in accordance with SSHRC policies; and
  8. a signed Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information for each applicant and co-applicant.

All application materials must be submitted as PDFs and be received by June 13, 2016.

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


Evaluation and Adjudication

An expert adjudication committee will assess all eligible applications using the following criteria:

Challenge (40%):

  • expected contribution to the funding opportunity’s stated objectives;
  • significance of the applicant’s chosen topic or areas based on the issues identified in this special call;
  • potential influence and impact in informing policy and practice in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors; and
  • identification of research gaps that might be addressed by a forward-looking research agenda in the chosen areas.

Feasibility (20%):

  • ability to meet the objectives of the funding opportunity;
  • appropriateness of the methodology or approach and of the work plan, including timelines for the design and conduct of the activity;
  • quality and appropriateness of knowledge mobilization plans, including effective dissemination, exchange and engagement with stakeholders within and/or beyond the research community, where applicable; and
  • appropriateness of the requested budget.

Capability (40%):

  • qualifications of the applicant/team to carry out the proposed project (expertise in the content area, in methods, information retrieval, etc.); and
  • evidence of knowledge mobilization activities, engagement, and experience in collaboration or other interactions with stakeholders, especially policy-makers, service organizations and other stakeholders involved in the current refugee resettlement effort.

Communication of results

Research offices will be informed of the competition results about their applicants by way of SSHRC’s secure site.


Regulations, Policies and Related Information

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.

Grant holders must also comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. See SSHRC’s Open Access overview for more information. 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:


About our Partner

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

IRCC facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada. Its vision is to build a safe and secure country with a shared bond of citizenship and values that continues to support our humanitarian tradition.


Contact Information

For more information about this funding opportunity or about the partner, please contact:

Jacques Critchley
Tel.: 613-992-5145

Paula Popovici
Tel.: 613-992-0498

ChuDou Lynhiavu
Tel.: 613-437-6159

Monica van Huystee
Tel.: 613-437-6175