Extension of the period for use of SSHRC grants

Following our first communication last spring, and in light of the extensive, ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 public health crisis, SSHRC recognizes that some research activities funded by grants that expire on or after March 31, 2021, may be delayed. We are, therefore, pleased to announce that SSHRC will automatically provide additional 12-month extensions, where applicable, to grant recipients who request them because of COVID-19, regardless of whether they have received a previous extension of any length for any reason. Please note that this extension does not apply to funds awarded as part of the three-month supplement for the support of trainees (students, postdoctoral fellows) and research support personnel.

This extension period is in addition to the extension automatically allowed by the Extension period for the authority to use grant funds regulation in the Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration. In order to make the necessary changes to grant recipients’ files, we ask that postsecondary institutions continue to maintain lists of grant recipients who are in the final year of their grants and who wish to take advantage of this extension, and that the institutions share this information with SSHRC’s Finance division.

For all funding opportunities not listed below, administering institutions must continue to request an extension from SSHRC by submitting the Grant Amendment Form with a justification from the grant holder. These extension requests, whether related to COVID-19 or not, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

These extensions apply to the following SSHRC programs:

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