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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grants

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Connection Grants supporting events are valued at $7,000 to $25,000 over one year.

Connection Grants supporting outreach activities are valued at $7,000 to $50,000 over one year. SSHRC is willing to consider amounts higher than $50,000, although such applications must satisfactorily justify the need for the higher amount, as well as provide evidence the entire award can be managed within the one-year timeframe.

Applicants must request a minimum of $7,000.

SSHRC will not fund the full cost of any Connection project. Additional support in the form of eligible cash and/or in-kind contributions (excluding registration fees) equivalent to a minimum of 50 per cent of the amount requested from SSHRC must come from other sources, such as sponsors. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to secure at least the minimum matching funding by including letters of support from sponsoring organizations that clearly confirm the amounts and types of contributions the organizations are providing for the proposed event or activity.


  • Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities



Internal Deadline:

April 24, 2020

Sponsor Deadline:

May 1, 2020


The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is now accepting applications for the Connection Grants competition. SSHRC has established the following deadlines for Connection Grant competitions: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.

Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant may often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects potentially eligible for funding through other SSHRC funding opportunities.

Connection Grant proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Additional information regarding Subject Matter Eligibility is found here.

Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities that facilitate:

  • disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary exchanges in the humanities and social sciences;
  • scholarly exchanges between those working in the social sciences and humanities and those working in other research fields;
  • intersectoral exchanges between academic researchers in the humanities and social sciences, and researchers and practitioners from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and/or
  • international research collaboration and scholarly exchanges between researchers, students and nonacademic partners from other countries.

Projects whose primary objective is to conduct research activities (e.g., literature reviews, field work, data collection, interviews) or to develop stand-alone volumes are not eligible for funding under this funding opportunity.

Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative

As part of the Connection Grants funding opportunity, SSHRC will fund at least 10 meritorious proposals per competition to help the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community strengthen its capacity for data management. This Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative offers the research community (e.g., disciplinary and professional associations; institutions; and individual researchers) Connection Grants to support the development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field.

Applications to this initiative will be subject to the same evaluation criteria and scoring scheme common to all other Connection Grants. However, applicants must demonstrate how their project addresses the initiative’s specific goals (see the initiative’s full description).

SSHRC will accept applications for the Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative for the May 1st, 2020 competition.


Additional Program Information:

Additional information regarding the Connection Grants Program can be found on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) website.

Application/Nomination Process:

If you intend to submit an application, please contact ROADS, by March 13, 2020.

The initial draft of the application and letters of support are due to the Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS), by April 8, 2020.

The final draft, and a completed and signed Application Approval Form, are due to ROADS by April 24, 2020. Please note, applications received after this date may not receive a full review.

ROADS will submit the application to SSHRC by 4:30pm on May 1, 2020.


For support, please contact Christina Pellegrini, Senior Advisor, ROADS.