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The goal of the Connection program is to realize the potential of social sciences and humanities research for intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, and benefit and impact on and beyond the campus, by supporting specific activities and tools that facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge.
Those who stand to benefit from publicly funded research results in the social sciences and humanities—diverse groups of researchers, policy-makers, business leaders, community groups, educators and the media—should, ideally, have the knowledge they need, when they need it, in useful forms.
That’s why the Connection program aims to support knowledge mobilization activities—such as networking, disseminating, exchanging and co-creating research-based knowledge—as an important element of publicly engaged scholarship, and as a means of strengthening research agendas. SSHRC also recognizes that rapidly evolving information and communications technologies provide new opportunities to engage a variety of audiences with an interest and/or involvement in social sciences and humanities scholarship.
The objectives of the Connection program are to:
- enable the multidirectional flow of social sciences and humanities research knowledge among researchers, and across academia and society as a whole, to enhance intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact;
- increase the accessibility and use of social sciences and humanities research knowledge among academic and non-academic audiences;
- support the building of reciprocal relationships among social sciences and humanities researchers, and between the researchers and those in a position to either co-create or use research knowledge;
- support the development of social sciences and humanities research networks and tools designed to enable scholarly work; and
- make such networks and tools more accessible to non-academic audiences.
SSHRC welcomes proposals for research on the “topic” or “science” of knowledge mobilization or related areas, such as knowledge translation or knowledge and technology transfer. These proposals should be directed to the Insight program.
For the most up-to-date information on all funding opportunities, see the funding search tool. SSHRC is committed to providing a range of adjudication options appropriate to its individual funding opportunities.
All applicants are invited to consider addressing in their research proposal one or more of the 16 future global challenges identified under SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future.
SSHRC, in alignment with its Indigenous Research Statement of Principles, also welcomes applications involving Indigenous research. Interested applicants are invited to visit SSHRC’s Indigenous Research web page for more information.
For individuals or teams
SSHRC provides funding for research carried out by individual scholars and teams of researchers.
For formal partnerships
SSHRC provides funding for research, research training and knowledge mobilization carried out by new and existing formal partnerships.
For SSHRC Impact Awards
SSHRC collaborates with organizations from across the not-for-profit, private and public sectors to support and promote training, research and connection activities in the social sciences and humanities. SSHRC’s joint initiatives are designed to reflect its strategic objectives and mandate, inform decision-makers, and, in certain cases, address specific needs of its partners.
Learn more about joint initiatives.
For a complete list of available joint initiatives, consult SSHRC’s funding search tool.
Under the direction of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee, SSHRC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation are working to better co-ordinate their programs, activities and policies. Learn more about interagency collaboration.
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