Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

"The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. By focusing on developing Talent, generating Insights and forging Connections across campuses and communities, SSHRC strategically supports world-leading initiatives that reflect a commitment to ensuring a better future for Canada and the world."

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Guidelines for Effective Research Training present a common definition of effective research training across all SSHRC funding opportunities.  All SSHRC applicants proposing training plans and budgets should use the guidelines to identify the elements of effective research training.

Priority areas are no longer described in program literature, and the related statements of alignment are no longer included in application forms.

Definitions for aboriginal resarch, research administrator, eligible institutuion, emerging scholars, partner organization, and industry partner organization have been added or updated.  Please see definition of terms.

The policy on Appeals of Decisions Based on Merit Review has been updated to provode further clarification regarding the grounds for appeal as well as the appeals ' process.

Update to Funding Agencies' Joint Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy — CFI, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC have updated their harmonized Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations.

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For further information about SSHRC grants programs, please contact Tressie Dutchyn.



 SSHRC Funding Opportunities

* SSHRC Partnership Development Grant - Deadline November 30, 2015

For tips and Frequently Asked Questions when applying for the PDG, view here.

For the Developing a Partnership Development Application manual, view here.

SSHRC Insight Grant  - Deadline October 15, 2015.

For more information about the Insight Grants funding opportunity, please contact:

Tel.: 613-996-6976

Open Access and Data Management

Grant holders must also comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications. See SSHRC’s Open Access overview for more information. SSHRC also encourages researchers to manage data arising from their research, in accordance with both community standards and best practices.


Connection Grants — Deadlines:  May 1st - August 1st - November 1st - February 1st.  Decisions Announced:  June 30th - September 30th - December 31st - March 31st .  Connection Grants now have one year automatiac extensions. For more information email:  or phone: 613-943-1007.

 • SSHRC Guidelines for Support of Tools — The guidelines provide assistance to researchers submitting requests for support for tools distinct from a typical component of a research grant, e.g., survey/questionnaire, etc. NOTE:  Requests for funding in excess of $100,000 for tools for research and related activities are not eligible for funding from SSHRC. The new guidelines apply to grant-type funding opportunities.

Access to Research Data Centres―Program of Research — The Canadian initiative on social statistics access to research data centres is a strategic joint initiative of SSHRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Statistics Canada to promote research and training in the application of social statistics. The Access to Research Data Centres Program offers an application type called Program of Research, which provides access to research data needed for large projects that have several sub-projects on related themes. Researchers submit a proposal for the approval of the overall research program. Once approved, they can submit an application for specific projects (project summary) that fall under the umbrella of the program of research description. Applications may be submitted at any time. Results will be announced approximately five to eight weeks after submission. Applicants must complete the application form in accordance with the accompanying instructions. For information about this program, visit the application process and guidelines on the Statistics Canada website.

SSHRC: Mika Oehling (Program Officer) Partnerships Portfolio SSHRC Tel.: 613-992-4227 Fax: 613-947-0223 Email:

Opportunities for Collaboration — SSHRC collaborates directly with other organizations to foster links with social sciences and humanities students and researchers whose work is related to the organizations’ priorities. These organizations are interested in working with potential applicants toward submitting an application to a SSHRC funding opportunity competition. Interested applicants should contact the organizations directly to discuss the details of such arrangements:

 Belmont Forum

• Initiatives on the digital economy

• Policy Horizons Canada

• All current and upcoming funding opportunities at SSHRC, see: