COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19, many deadlines are being revised. Learn more about the impacts of COVID-19 on SSHRC's programs.


Date published: March 20, 2020

COVID-19: Impacts on SSHRC's policies and programs

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A message from SSHRC's President and Vice-President, Research, in response to COVID-19

Dear members of the social sciences and humanities research community:

In this time of unprecedented disruption, we wanted to reassure you that we recognize the COVID-19 pandemic may affect you and your loved ones’ physical and/or mental health. We understand that you may be facing many challenges, including delays or interruptions in your ability to conduct and review research; teach and mentor students; supervise postdoctoral researchers; prepare and submit publications or grant and scholarship applications, among other things…

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Important information


General information

Grant extensions

SSHRC recognizes that agency-funded research activities may be delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Academic institutions can immediately approve extension requests of up to 12 months to agency grants with an end date between February 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, inclusively. Researchers should contact their institutions to request an extension. This provision applies to all grants, regardless of whether they were previously extended for any length or any reason (including, where applicable, automatic extensions).

This provision will allow grantees to continue spending grant funds, and institutions to delay the processing of residual grant funds (as per the Guidelines for the General Research Fund). Institutions are to keep complete and accurate records on the grants being extended. Information will soon be available on how institutions can notify SSHRC of the details of these extensions.

Financial reporting
updated: March 27, 2020

The deadline for submitting financial reporting (Forms 300 and 301) for the 2019-20 (April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020) Annual Reconciliation of Active Awards has been postponed until September 30, 2020. This applies for SSHRC and the Canada Research Chairs Program.

Travel and travel cancellations

SSHRC recognizes that in addition to the costs of cancelled travel plans as described in an earlier tri-agency statement, researchers and/or members of their teams may incur other non-refundable expenses due to cancelled travel and/or meetings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Provided the expenses would have been eligible had the travel/meeting taken place as planned, these non-refundable costs can be reimbursed out of existing grant funds.

Other exceptional expenditures

SSHRC recognizes that in some cases, other costs may be incurred related to ongoing financial commitments, such as salaries or stipends of individuals paid out of agency grants. For example, one of these individuals may be required to self-isolate and/or unable to work or telework due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SSHRC confirms these costs can be paid from existing grant funds, provided they are not covered by other sources of funds from within the institution and these expenses would have otherwise been eligible to be paid out of the grant.

SSHRC programs

Aid to Scholarly Journals

There are no changes to program deadlines at this time.

Connection Grants

There are no changes to program deadlines at this time.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC): CMHCSSHRC Housing Research Training Awards Program

The final adjudication committee meeting was successfully held on March 11, 2020. While no delays are expected in communicating results to postsecondary institutions, there may be some delays in providing results packages, including assessment forms, to individual applicants.

Healthy Cities Research Training Platform—2nd Stage

There are no changes to program deadlines at this time.

Horizon 2020 Migration Call

There are no changes to funding opportunity deadlines at this time. However, Canadian researchers who are part of a European team and need to submit a proposal to SSHRC can request an extension. Send requests to Jacques.critchley@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.

Insight Development Grants

There are no changes to program deadlines at this time.

Insight Grants
updated: April 1, 2020

The release of the 2019-20 competition results is delayed; results will be announced to institutions by mid-April. There may also be delays in providing results packages to individual applicants (including committee evaluation forms and external reviews, where applicable) given that these are sent by mail.

Joint initiatives and supplements for the Talent Program

Application and adjudication processes will proceed as planned.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Living Within the Earth's Carrying Capacity

The adjudication process is proceeding as planned and results will be announced to institutions by the end of March 2020. There may be some delays in providing results packages, including assessment forms, to individual applicants.

Open Research Area 6

There are no changes to program deadlines at this time.

Partnership Engage Grants

While the deadline was extended to March 19, 2020, we do not expect any delays to the adjudication and announcement of results to universities. However, there may be delays in providing results packages, including assessment forms to individual applicants.

Partnership Development Grants

There are no changes to program deadlines at this time.

Partnership Grants—Stage 1

The adjudication process is proceeding as planned and results will be announced to institutions in June 2020. There may be some delays in providing results packages, including assessment forms, to individual applicants.

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships 2020 Competition

Application and adjudication processes will proceed as planned.

SSHRC Impact Awards
updated: March 27, 2020

The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, May 1, 2020. We expect a minor delay to the adjudication process and the release of results.

SSHRC Institutional Grants

Small institutions due to submit an activity report by April 30, 2020, may contact SSHRC if an extension is required.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships 2020 Competition

Application and adjudication processes will proceed as planned.

Tri-agency programs

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
updated: March 26, 2020

The launch of the 2020 competition is postponed until June 1, 2020. The application deadline is to be confirmed.

Canada 150 Research Chairs Program

The deadline for the submission of annual reports is moved to September 30, 2020.

Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program

The deadline for the submission of annual reports is moved to September 30, 2020.

Canada First Research Excellence Fund

The deadline for the submission of annual reports is moved to September 30, 2020.

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Doctoral Program
updated: March 26, 2020

Results of the 2019 competition will be released as planned in April 2020, as per agency schedules. There are no changes to the 2020 application deadlines at this time (October 17 for direct applicants and November 21 for university applicants).

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Master’s Program
updated: March 26, 2020

The release of results in the Research Portal is postponed from April 1 to April 15, 2020. Applicants requiring an extension to the 21-day window to accept or decline their award should contact the relevant agency.

Canada Graduate Scholarships—Master’s award allocations by institution are extended to the next competition cycle. There is no change to the December 1, 2020, application deadline at this time.

Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Michael Smith Foreign Studies Supplements
updated: March 27, 2020

No changes to June 10 and October 10, 2020 application deadlines at this time.

Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP)

The release of results for the October 2019 cycle (2019-2) is delayed until June, 2020. Start dates for renewals and new nominations will be backdated to April 1, 2020, where applicable.  

The CRCP is temporarily reverting back to a two-cycle model. The nomination deadline for the April intake has been postponed to June  8, 2020, and results will be available in December, 2020. The September and December intake cycles will be combined and will have a deadline of November 9, 2020, with results available in April, 2021.

The program continues to accept off-cycle nominations for foreign nominees, as well as nominations that will assist institutions in meeting their equity targets.

The deadline for Chairholder Annual Reports and Institutional Reports has been postponed to September 30, 2020.

New Frontiers in Research Fund—Exploration

The 2019 Exploration Competition will be finalized as planned. Applicants will receive Notices of Decision by March 31, 2020, and funds will be disbursed shortly after. The posting of the evaluation results for applicants (including ratings by criteria and messages to applicants, where applicable) may be delayed.

New Frontiers in Research Fund—International

There are no changes to the 2020 Horizon Global Platform competition.

New Frontiers in Research Fund—Transformation

While we finalize the review of the competition timeline, the Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline for the 2020 Transformation Competition has been extended to July 15, 2020, at 8 p.m. (eastern). This is the deadline for submission to the agency by the research administrators; institutions may have earlier internal deadline.

Research Support Fund

The notional grant amount for the 2020-21 cycle will be communicated to institutional contacts on April 23, 2020.

The deadline to submit applications is postponed to June 19, 2020.

The annual reporting of the Statement of Account (SOA) and the Outcomes Reports for 2019-20 is postponed until September 30, 2020.

The formula used to calculate the RSF grant amounts remains unchanged. The RSF’s budget remains unchanged, so any variance to the grant amount is related to the amount of funding the institution’s researchers received from the agencies in the three most recent years for which data is available. The budget for the Incremental Project Grants has increased to $46.3 million for 2020-21, as initially planned in Budget 2018.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships
updated: March 31, 2020

Results of the 2019 competition will be released as planned in April 2020.



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