Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) for Social Sciences and Humanities: Democracy, Governance and Trust


Opportunity type:



Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Award amount and duration:

up to $200,000 for 2-3 years






Applicants (Principal Investigators) must apply as an international research project partnership. Each project must be a partnership among a minimum of three country teams, which represent participating countries on both sides of the Atlantic.

Each project must:
• Comprise at least three eligible Co-Principal Investigators from at least three different T-AP participating countries from both sides of the Atlantic.
• Nominate one of the Co-Principal Investigators as the project’s Lead Principal Investigator (Lead PI). All co-PIs share responsibility for directing the project and co-ordinating proposed research activities in addition to participating in the execution of the research project. Co-applicants and collaborators contribute to executing the research project.
• The Lead PI must submit the Notice of Intent to Apply (NOI) and the joint research proposal on behalf of the consortium.



While the overall lead Principal Investigator will submit all of the project materials via the portal administered by the FAPESP, a Principal Investigator is required for each funding agency involved in the project. SSHRC Principal Investigators/Project Directors must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution at the time of application. SSHRC Principal Investigators are required to ensure that they comply with all SSHRC regulations and complete the necessary
SSHRC supplementary documents for submission.

The deadline for receipt of the T-AP DGT proposal and additional documentation is November 6, 2023. Late proposals will not be accepted. Details of how to submit the proposal are outlined on the T-AP Democracy, Governance and Trust Call website.

Individuals are eligible to be co-directors or co-applicants if they are formally affiliated with anyof the following:

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


What is the Trans-Atlantic Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP)? 

The Trans-Atlantic Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (T-AP) is an unprecedented collaboration between humanities and social science research funders from South America, North America and Europe. T-AP aims to enhance the ability of funders, research organizations and researchers to engage in transnational dialogue and collaboration. T-AP works to identify common challenges and promote a culture of collaboration in social science and humanities (SSH) research by offering joint research calls in areas of strong potential for international collaboration. The Platform facilitates the formation of networks within the social sciences and humanities and promotes interdisciplinarity. T-AP also strives to heighten awareness of the role the social sciences and humanities play in addressing 21st century challenges.

The world is facing exceptional social, economic, technological, environmental, and geopolitical challenges, including migration, climate change emergencies, energy crises, war, conflict, political extremism, erosion of democratic institutions, protest, violence, corruption and growing public distrust of governance and expertise. These affect not only the institutions of democratic government but also the wider structures and processes that make our societies work and hold together.

The T-AP call on Democracy, Governance and Trust (DGT) seeks to understand specifically how democracy, governance and trust are integral to the tackling of both short-term crises and long-term challenges and are themselves a focus of the discontent and disruption facing many societies. It will support research that develops diverse methodological, disciplinary, and cross-national perspectives in relation to these topics, their causes, and dynamics; and builds capacity to respond creatively to these challenges, thereby maximising opportunities to strengthen democracy, governance, and trust for the benefit of all in society. The DGT call aims to deepen and widen our knowledge and understanding of opportunities, challenges, and crises, relevant to democracy, governance and trust.

Applicants are invited to read the DGT Call Scope and the instructions to apply document carefully before applying.


SSHRC Instructions to apply

Full application instructions

Scope of call


SSHRC will be holding two webinars for this funding opportunity :

Trans-Atlantic Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities: Democracy, Governance and Trust French August 23, 2023
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Trans-Atlantic Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities: Democracy, Governance and Trust English August 23, 2023
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.


A copy of the slides from the SSHRC webinar is available here.


Not applicable


Application deadlines

RSO detailed review deadline

October 23, 2023 - 4:00 PM

RSO final internal review deadline

November 1, 2023 - 12:00 PM

Program application deadline

November 6, 2023 - 6:00 PM

Application deadlines

Notice of Intent (no submission to RSO needed)

September 15, 2023 - 8:59 PM


NOTE: Consult your Faculty Associate Dean (Research) (ADR) regarding Faculty-specific deadlines and submission processes.

Principal Investigators: Complete a Research Management System (RMS) record, including a copy of your complete application, and submit this for approvals in RMS.

Postdocs, students, and trainees: For fellowships and externally-sponsored research training awards or opportunities, you must complete the Research Funding Application Approval (RFAA) Trainee PDF form, and submit it, along with a complete copy of the application, to Research Services at Trainees should not use RMS at this time.

Approvals: The University of Calgary requires that all funding applications be approved prior to submission. Approval requires signatures via either RMS or the RFAA Trainee form, in the following order:

  • Principal Investigator
  • Department Head
  • Faculty ADR/Dean
  • Research Services (on behalf of the Vice-President Research)

Read the Meaning of Grant Signatures policy to understand what your approval means. Please see the agency guidelines for details about which signatures are required on your application, as it may differ from internal requirements.

Late submissions: Late submissions will only be accepted in cases of medical or family emergencies, or other exceptional circumstances. If you submit your RMS record to Research Services after the internal deadline has passed, you must secure additional approvals. Please read: Late Applications Process.

Additional Information

Submission Instructions

NOI Phase:

NOI is not competitive and therefore does not need to be submitted to Research Services.

The Lead PI must submit a NOI form on the FAPESP system by 15th September 2023 (no later than midnight BRT; 9PM Mountain time).

The NOI must be completed online using the electronic form. Please note: The Lead PI of the project must complete and submit the NOI on behalf of the research team and keep a copy of the receipt generated when the form is submitted. Up to three themes may be provided in the NOI (see list of themes in Section 1.1. and Call Scope Document).


Full application:

T-AP DGT applications must be submitted electronically through the FAPESP by November 6, 2023 by the Lead Principal Investigator. In addition, Principal Investigators based in Canada requesting funds from SSHRC must create a profile on the Convergence Portal and use the Trans-Atlantic Platform Democracy, Governance and Trust application to submit the SSHRC supplementary requirements

1. Obtain a copy of the complete application from Lead PI if not at Ucalgary

2. Complete all required application components on the SSHRC Convergence Portal

3.  Follow the prompts from the Finalize Application section to submit the application. **PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ACTION FORWARDS THE APPLICATION TO RESEARCH SERVICES FOR REVIEW. YOU CANNOT SUBMIT DIRECTLY TO SSHRC.

4. To initiate internal approvals, complete the pre-award/application record in RMS (, and attach a download of your complete and final application from the SSHRC online portal AND from the Lead PI site (if not at Ucaglary).  Please do not attach drafts, Word documents, etc.  Also attach any other relevant documents, including letters confirming financial or in-kind support if applicable.

5. Once complete, click "Save and set status", then select "submitted for approvals", and then select "Save and progress" in order to obtain approvals from your department head and/or faculty Associate Dean (Research). 

Important: when submitting in RMS, please ensure that you allow time for academic approvals prior to the Research Services review deadline of  Wednesday November 1, 2023 at 12:00pm.       

6. Once these approvals are obtained, RMS will automatically forward the application record to Research Services for institutional review and approval.

7. Research Services will review and provide feedback (by email and via RMS), as necessary. 

8. Once the application has undergone review and is in its final state, Research Services will obtain Institutional Approval and submit for adjudication by SSHRC through the SSHRC Convergence Portal.


As an optional service, Research Services will perform a full detailed administrative review for any applications received by October 23, 2023 at 4:00pm.  The application must be received by RSO on both RMS and the SSHRC Convergence portal to initiate review.


Contact Details


Social Sciencs and Humanities Research Council
Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) for Social Sciences and Humanities
Democracy, Governance and Trust
Partnered Research and Collaboration
Interdisciplinary Research