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Partnership Development Grants

Research Admin Offices:


Funding Type:



$75,000 to $200,000 over 1 to 3 years.


  • Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities


Internal Deadline:

November 1, 2020

Sponsor Deadline:

November 15, 2020


The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is now accepting applications for the 2020 Partnership Development Grants competition.

Partnership Development Grants provide support to new or existing formal partnerships to:

  • develop research and/or related activities in the social sciences and humanities—these can include knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars, by fostering new partnerships with existing and/or potential partners; or
  • design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that can result in best practices or models—these can either be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.

SSHRC defines a formal partnership as a bilateral or multilateral formal collaboration agreement between an applicant and one or more partner organizations, of which at least one must be a Canadian postsecondary institution and at least one must be different from the institution or organization that will administer the grant funds. Partnerships may be between academic institutions, or between one or more academic institutions and one or more non-academic partner organizations. These partner organizations agree and commit to work collaboratively to achieve shared goals for mutual benefit. Partners must provide evidence attesting to the commitment that has been agreed upon.

Additional Program Information:


Internal Notice of Intent

Draft Application

31 August

01 November

Sponsor Final Application 15 November


Most SSHRC funding is awarded through open competitions. Proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Please see Subject Matter Eligibility for more information.

Projects whose primary objective is curriculum development are not eligible for funding under this funding opportunity.


Applications may be submitted by a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant / project director and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators).


An individual (including postdoctoral researchers) is eligible to be a co-applicant if they are formally affiliated with any of the following:

  • Canadian: Eligible postsecondary institution; not-for-profit organization; philanthropic foundation; think tank; or municipal, territorial or provincial government
  • International: Postsecondary institution

PhD candidates are eligible to be co-applicants under the same conditions as those described for an applicant.


Any individual who may make a significant contribution to the project is eligible to be a collaborator. Collaborators do not need to be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution.

Individuals from the private sector or federal government may only participate as collaborators.

Institutional and Partner Organization Contributions

Applicants are expected to include a plan to seek and secure cash and/or in-kind contributions for their initiative during the life of the grant. While there is no minimum contribution requirement, institutions and their partner organizations are expected to demonstrate that a formal partnership currently exists, or is in the process of being developed, by supporting the activities of the formal partnership through cash and/or in-kind support.

Application/Nomination Process:

The initial draft of the application is due to the Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS) by 9:00 am October 19, 2020.  Please note applications received after this date may not receive a full review.

The final draft and signed application approval form ( are due to ROADS by 9:00 am November 9, 2020

ROADS will forward applications to SSHRC on behalf of applicants by 4:30 pm on November 16, 2020.


Program Website


If you plan to submit an application, please notify, Christina Pellegrini, Senior Advisor, Development, at or at extension 27207 by August 31, 2020.