Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)


As of February 1, 2021 all new competitions which run through the External Grants Team will now include a 3-business day internal deadline requirement.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) offers the following recurring funding opportunities. Please visit our Funding Deadlines Calendar for information on current competitions and internal submission processes. SSHRC also occasionally runs other programs, such as Knowledge Synthesis, Digging into Data, and Aid to Scholarly Journals.

Insight Grants : Support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities.  Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for long-term research initiatives of three to five years, up to $400,000.

Insight Development Grants : Support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. This competition has a separate budgetary envelope for Emerging Scholars. Insight Development Grants have a value of $7,000 to $75,000 over 1 to 2 years.

Partnership Grants : Provide support to new or existing formal partnerships for initiatives that advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities. Partnership Grants are Institutional grants, led by a project director, with a maximum of $500,000 per year over four to seven years, up to a total of $2.5 million. A minimum 35% institutional and partner contributions are required above and beyond SSHRC funding during life of grant. This competition has a two-stage application process: Letter of Intent (LOI) and Formal Application (by invitation only). Contact the Institutional Programs Division for more information.

Partnership Development Grants : Provide support to foster new research and/or related activities with new or existing partners; and to design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities. Partnership Development Grants have a value of $75,000 to $200,000 over 1 to 3 years. While there is no minimum contribution required from partners, applicants and partners are expected to demonstrate that a formal partnership exists or will be developed, in part through the financial and nonfinancial commitments made by partners. This competition has a one-stage application process. Contact the Institutional Programs Division for more information.

Partnership Engage Grants : Partnership Engage Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program and the Connection program. They provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. The small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships supported through the Partnership Engage Grants are meant to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors. In addressing an organization-specific need, challenge and/or opportunity, these partnerships let non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.

Connection Grants : Support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. Connection Grants have a value of $7,000 to $25,000 for events, and up to $50,000 for other outreach activities, over 1 year. SSHRC will not fund the full cost of any connection event or outreach activity. Additional support in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions (excluding registration fees), equivalent to a minimum of 50% of the amount requested from SSHRC, must come from sponsoring organizations. This competition has a one-stage application process, with applications adjudicated 4 times per year.


Stephanie Patrick
Research Grants Officer
External Grants | Research Services

SSHRC Leaders Network:

SSHRC Leaders provide an ongoing channel of communication between their institutions and SSHRC. They relay information to their colleagues on new policy and program developments, and they gather information and ideas from the university community that feed into the development of SSHRC policies and programs. The SSHRC Leaders network meets twice a year (late Fall and Spring), with other meetings and consultations scheduled as necessary. To review notes and resources from these meetings, click here.