2024 SSHRC Partnership Grant: Stage 1


Opportunity type:



Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Award amount and duration:

$500,000 per year for a maximum of up to $2.5 million; Duration: 4-7 years





Applications must be submitted by an eligible Canadian institution; the project director must be affiliated with the host institution (the applicant), and prepares the application on behalf of the host institution and the formal partnership.

Co-directors and co-applicants may be individuals from any of the following:

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

Collaborators: Any individual who may make a significant contribution to the project. Individuals from the private sector or federal government may only participate as collaborators.

Partner organizations may be Canadian or international institutions or organizations (public, private, not-for-profit) of any type. Please see the definition of formal partnership.

An individual may not be a Project Director on more than one application in the competition and may not also be the named project director in an active Partnership Grant.


The SSHRC Partnership Grant (PG) provides support for new and existing formal partnerships spanning four to seven years with funding up to $500,000 per year for a maximum total of up to $2.5 million over seven years. Partnership Grants provide support for formal partnerships that advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities through mutual cooperation and sharing of intellectual leadership, as well as through resources as demonstrated by cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Partnership Grants are intended for large teams of postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types that work in formal collaboration.

Partnership Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Research partnerships program. Proposals exclusively for partnered research training initiatives are expected to respond, instead, to the objectives of the Research training and talent development program.

  • The quality of training, mentoring and employability plans for students and emerging scholars will be evaluated as an important part of the proposed initiative.
  • The intellectual leadership and governance for a new or existing formal partnership can come from the research community and/or from partner organizations from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Updates to this funding opportunity may be made following SSHRC’s launch of the February 2024 PG competition, expected in mid-October 2024. No significant changes are expected.


Applicants are asked to email a brief overview of the project to Research Services, to help identify which internal staff/resources might best offer support with application development. Please email a completed internal Notice of Intent (see iNOI template in Resources section below) to ipd@ucalgary.ca by November 1, 2023.

The SSHRC-PG program has a two-stage adjudication process. Only applicants successful at the first stage will be invited to submit an application at the second stage.


  • Activity: Submit internal Notice of Intent to Research Services via email to ipd@ucalgary.ca
    • Use iNOI template provided in the Resources section below

         Deadline: By 9:00 am November 1, 2023

  • Activity: Submit draft Stage 1 application to Research Services for SUPPORT and Faculty review

         Deadline: By 9:00 am January 2, 2024

  • Activity: Submit request for VPR support (template provided)

         Deadline: By 9:00 am January 8, 2024

  • Activity: Review of draft application by SUPPORT

         Date: January 9 – 12 (TBD)

  • Activity: SUPPORT review feedback distributed to PIs

         Deadline: By January 19

  • Activity: Submit draft UCalgary (host) Letter of Engagement to Research Services

         Deadline: By 9:00 am January 18, 2024

  • Activity: Submit final UCalgary (host) Letter of Engagement to Research Services

         Deadline: By 9:00 am February 1, 2024

  • Activity: Submit final Stage 1 application via SSHRC portal (incl. all partner / participant info); all approvals within RMS
    • Research Services will review the final application and ensure submission to the agency by the deadline of February 12, 2024.

         Deadline: By 9:00 am February 5, 2024

Additional application information will be provided to those moving forward in the competition.

Applications, plus approvals in the Research Management System (RMS) will be required by Research Services by 9am, February 5, 2024. Please use the “SSHRC Partnership Development Grant” funding opportunity and be sure to select "Submitted for approvals" (Under Save & Progress) in RMS in good time to allow for approvals from your Department Head and/or ADR prior to the Research Services deadline. Consult your department and faculty for more information on their approval processes and timelines. A step sheet for creating Pre-Award/LOI record in RMS is available in the Resources section below.


For projects involving Indigenous Research, support with the development of your grant application is available internally through the Indigenous Research Support Team (IRST). Applicants can reach out by email to IRST at IRST@ucalgary.ca in advance of the RSO internal deadline. For more information about IRST, please visit the IRST webpage.

For assistance in identifying international partners, contact the International Research Team at UCIresearch@ucalgary.ca.

The Knowledge Engagement team in Research Services can consult on community partnerships, partnership principles, and knowledge mobilization plans. Applicants can reach out by email to Knowledge Engagement at Knowledge.Engagement@ucalgary.ca in advance of the RSO internal deadline. For more information about KE, please visit the KE webpage.

PG iNOI template

SSHRC 2024 Partnership Grant Stage 1 webinar presentation

SSHRC 2024 Partnership Grant Stage 1 webinar recording linkPassword: SSHRC2023pg1

NFRF EDI webinar (September 17, 2021) recordings

RMS: Creating a Pre-Award/LOI


Not applicable


Pre-application deadlines

RSO internal deadline

February 5, 2024 - 9:00 AM

Pre-application program deadline

February 12, 2024 - 6:00 PM

Application deadlines

RSO final internal review deadline

October 22, 2024 - 9:00 AM

Program application deadline

October 29, 2024 - 6:00 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.

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

SSHRC held information sessions via Webex webinar to provide an overview of the PG program and application process. The presentation and recording link can be found in the Resources section above.

Partners are required to accept invitations via SSHRC’s online system.

For UCalgary researchers participating on applications led elsewhere: If the University of Calgary is to be named as a partner organization, the co-applicant from the University of Calgary is encouraged to initiate discussions with their Faculty and contact Research Services via email to ipd@ucalgary.ca. by   January 12, 2024. Research Services will provide information on the invitation process and assist with fulfilling partner requirements. 

RMS Training

As the full application will run through RMS, we encourage applicants to view the step sheets available at the RMS Training page

For training or technical support, you can contact RMS at: rms@ucalgary.ca and 403.210.9309.

Contact Details


Partnership Grant
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Partnered Research
Knowledge Mobilization