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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative 2022 Competition

Research Admin Offices:

  • HRS

Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Grant


Grants offered under the Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative are valued at up to $100,000 for the first year and up to $200,000 annually for the following three years, for an overall total maximum of up to $700,000 over four years. A one-year automatic grant extension without additional funding is also available under this joint initiative.


  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities



Internal Deadline:

September 15, 2022

Sponsor Deadline:

October 6, 2022

Additional Dates:

  • ROADS LOI Deadline - ASAP -
  • ROADS Draft Application & LOS Deadline - September 15, 2022
  • ROADS Final Application Deadline by 4:30 p.m. (ET) - September 29, 2022
  • Sponsor Final Application Deadline by 4:30 p.m. (ET) - October 6, 2022


The Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative will award approximately five grants for four-year formal research partnerships between a post-secondary institution and at least one or more partner organizations from the not-for-profit, public and/or private sectors, to foster the co-creation of new knowledge, capacity-building and knowledge mobilization on critical issues relating to gender-based violence in Canada. The partnership grants will serve as hubs for challenge-oriented, collaborative and intersectional research and knowledge mobilization activities, as well as the incubation of new research partnerships.

Specific objectives include support for:

  • Partnerships that address intersectional considerations in GBV research design and research practice.
  • Partnered research activities responding to the needs of partner organizations from the not-for-profit, public and/or private sector, and which will inform their decision-making.
  • Intersectoral collaborations and connection activities, such as public outreach activities, workshops and conferences.
  • Innovative approaches that enrich partnered research training experiences for students and postdoctoral researchers.
  • Leveraging contributions from all partner organizations (cash and/or in-kind contributions).


  • Proposals may involve any disciplines, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding but must be aligned with one of the themes outlined under the Goal section above (see subject matter eligibility for more information). Projects whose primary objective is curriculum development are not eligible for funding under this funding opportunity.
  • Co-directors and co-applicants
    • An individual is eligible to be a co-director or 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.
    • Postdoctoral researchers who are affiliated with a postsecondary institution are eligible to be co-directors or co-applicants.
  • Collaborators
    • Any individual who makes 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 can participate only as collaborators.
    • Partner organizations can be Canadian or international institutions or organizations (public, private, not-for-profit) of any type. At least one partner organization must be from the not-for-profit, public and/or private sector; applications involving only postsecondary institutions as partners will be considered ineligible.
  • Indigenous research
    • SSHRC’s Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research are relevant for researchers (applicants and project directors) and students preparing SSHRC applications related to Indigenous research. SSHRC provides these guidelines to merit reviewers to help build understanding of Indigenous research and research-related activities, and to assist committee members in interpreting SSHRC’s specific evaluation criteria in the context of Indigenous research. SSHRC relies on a community of merit reviewers with experience and expertise in Indigenous research to judge the extent to which the guidelines can be applied to a particular research proposal. The guidelines may also be of use to postsecondary institutions and partner organizations that support Indigenous research.
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion
    • Applicants are required to consider equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in both research practice (EDI-RP) and research design (EDI-RD):
      • EDI-RP involves promoting diversity in team composition and trainee recruitment; fostering an equitable, inclusive, and accessible research work environment for team members and trainees; and highlighting diversity and equity in mentoring, training, and access to development opportunities.
      • EDI-RD involves designing the research so that it takes EDI into account, through approaches such as intersectionality, antiracist frameworks, gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) and disaggregated data collection, and analysis that includes consideration of diversity and identity factors such as, but not limited to, age, culture, disability, education, ethnicity, gender expression and gender identity, immigration and newcomer status, Indigenous identity, language, neurodiversity, parental status/responsibility, place of origin, religion, race, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
      • EDI-RP and EDI-RD will be evaluated as part of the Challenge and Feasibility evaluation criteria, as outlined below. Consideration of EDI-RP and EDI-RD should be embedded throughout the relevant sections of the application, as applicable.

Application/Nomination Process:

  • Applications may be submitted by a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant / project director and participants such as co-directors, co-applicants and collaborators). The applicant / project director prepares the application with the team on behalf of the partner organizations of the formal partnership.
  • Applicants must be affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution that holds institutional eligibility at the time of application and before funding can be released. Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian postsecondary institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution, are not eligible for applicant status.
  • For more information, see the Guide to Addressing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Considerations in Partnership Grant Applications.
  • If you intend to apply, please contact Amanda Graveline, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, as soon as possible.
  • The initial draft of the application and letters of support are due to the Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS), by September 15, 2022. Please note, applications received after this date may not receive a full review.
  • The final draft, and a completed and signed Application Approval Form, are due to ROADS by September 29, 2022.
  • ROADS will submit the application to SSHRC by 4:30 pm on October 6, 2022.


Additional Details


  • If you intend to apply, please contact Amanda Graveline, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, as soon as possible.
  • If applying from the Faculty of Health Sciences, unless otherwise indicated, you no longer need to send documents to HRS Intake. Your first point of contact is your assigned Senior Grants Advisor.