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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grants November 2022 Competition

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Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Grant


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.

Matching Funds

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% 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.

Applicants may draw on complementary funding from SSHRC research grants and/or other research funding agencies, but must make clear in their budget proposal that there is no duplication of financial support for the same budget expenses. While SSHRC funds may be used in this complementary way, these funds cannot be counted towards the 50 per cent requirement for matching funds.

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  • Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities



Internal Deadline:

October 25, 2022

Sponsor Deadline:

November 1, 2022

Additional Dates:

  • ROADS Intent to Apply - September 6, 2022
  • ROADS Draft Application Deadline - October 11, 2022
  • ROADS Final Draft Application Deadline - October 25, 2022
  • Sponsor Final Application Deadline, by 8:00 p.m. (ET) - November 1, 2022


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.

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.
  • International research collaboration and scholarly exchanges between researchers, students, and non-academic 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.

Joint Initiatives

SSHRC collaborates with organizations from across the not-for-profit, private, and public sectors to support and promote training, research and connection activities in the social sciences and humanities. SSHRC’s joint initiatives are designed to reflect its strategic objectives and mandate, inform decision-makers, and, in certain cases, address specific needs of its partners. Learn more about joint initiatives.

Joint Initiative for Digital Citizen Research

Canadian Heritage is partnering with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to provide funding support through arms-length Connection Grants. These grants provide assistance for selected events and outreach activities for short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and engage on research issues related to online disinformation and other related online harms as well as their impact in the Canadian context.

The Joint Initiative has 3 broad objectives:

  • To promote Canadian research that will develop better understanding — based on empirical evidence — of the impacts of online disinformation in Canada in order to better inform programs and policies.
  • To build Canada’s capacity to conduct research on and related to countering online disinformation and other related online harms specifically in the target areas described below.
  • To help foster a community of research in the digital citizenship and countering online disinformation space in Canada.


Individuals can apply, as an applicant, for only one Connection Grant per calendar year. An applicant cannot apply for or hold more than one Connection Grant for the same event or outreach activity. Applicants or project directors on an active SSHRC Connection Grant cannot apply as applicant or project director for another individual or institutional Connection Grant.

Application/Nomination Process:

  • If you intend to submit an application, please contact Amanda Graveline, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, by September 6, 2022.
  • The initial draft of the application and letters of support are due to the Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS), by October 11, 2022.
  • The final draft, and a completed and signed Application Approval Form, are due to ROADS by October 25, 2022. Please note, applications received after this date may not receive a full review.
  • ROADS will submit the application to SSHRC by 4:30 pm on Tuesday November 1, 2022


Additional Details


If you intend to submit an application, please contact Amanda Graveline, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, by September 6, 2022.