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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Knowledge Synthesis Grants – Gender Based Violence December 2022 Competition

Research Admin Offices:


Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Grant


$30,000 for one year. Knowledge mobilization activities (that is, conference presentations and outreach activities) can take place throughout the year. All synthesis reports must be completed by June 1, 2023, prior to the virtual forum. Up to 30 grants may be awarded.


  • Health Sciences



Internal Deadline:

August 9, 2022

Sponsor Deadline:

September 1, 2022

Additional Dates:

  • ROADS Internal NOI Deadline - ASAP -
  • ROADS Internal Draft Application Deadline - August 9, 2022
  • ROADS Full Application Deadline - August 23, 2022
  • Sponsor Full Application Deadline - September 1, 2022


SSHRC and Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) have launched this Knowledge Synthesis Grants competition to mobilize social sciences and humanities research to examine and synthesize existing knowledge on gender-based violence (GBV). Grant holders will identify research gaps and opportunities and their work will inform and guide policy-makers and service providers contributing to ensuring a violence-free Canadian society.

While violence affects all people, some people are more at risk of experiencing violence because of various forms of oppression, such as sexism, racism, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism.

Certain populations are more likely to experience GBV, or face increased barriers in accessing justice and services. Women overall tend to experience these barriers, but specifically young women and girls; Indigenous women and girls; 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals; women living in northern, rural and remote communities; newcomer women to Canada; and women living with disabilities. The intersection of various forms of oppression may increase a person’s risk and vulnerability to violence.

The negative effects of GBV reach far beyond the individuals who directly experience them. Violence can have long-lasting and negative health, social and economic effects that span generations, which can lead to cycles of violence and abuse within families and sometimes whole communities. GBV holds us all back. GBV is not limited to physical violence and can include any word, action or attempt to degrade, control, humiliate, intimidate, coerce, deprive, threaten or harm another person. GBV can ultimately lead to femicide. GBV can take many forms including cyber, physical, sexual, societal, psychological, emotional and economic violence. Neglect, discrimination and harassment can also be forms of GBV.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, emerging scientific data and reports have suggested that some forms of GBV have intensified, triggered by the social and economic impacts of the pandemic. What many have called a “shadow pandemic” has taken a particular toll on women, girls and gender-diverse individuals, especially those in more precarious situations. Risk factors associated with GBV have been exacerbated during the pandemic, including job losses and reduced income, food insecurity, mental health issues (including increased stress), and disruption of family routines, services and resources.

Building Better Lives Across the Gender Spectrum is one of 16 future challenge areas identified through SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative. These complex issues, identified in 2018 after an extensive foresight exercise, reflect key challenges that Canada is likely to face in an evolving global context over the coming decades. All of the challenges cross multiple sectors and research disciplines, and require broad collaboration to address.

With the launch of this funding opportunity, SSHRC and WAGE aim to foster a deeper understanding of the state of knowledge on GBV in Canada, the efficacy of services addressing and preventing GBV, and the impact of GBV on different populations. The resulting syntheses will identify roles that the academic, public, private, and not-for-profit sectors can play in preventing GBV and improving the availability and efficacy of justice and services for victims and survivors of GBV.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants support researchers in producing knowledge synthesis reports and evidence briefs that:

  • support the use of evidence in decision-making and the application of best practices; and
  • assist in developing future research agendas.

Applicants must address the following three objectives in their proposals:

  1. State of knowledge, strengths and gaps
    • critically assess the state of knowledge of the future challenge theme under consideration from a variety of sources, as appropriate;
    • identify knowledge strengths and gaps within the theme; and
    • identify the most promising policies and practices related to the theme.
  2. Research data
    • assess the quality, accuracy and rigour (i.e., methodological approaches) of current work in the field; and
    • identify strengths and gaps in the quantitative and qualitative data available.
  3. Knowledge mobilization
    • engage cross-sectoral stakeholders (academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors) and/or First Nations, Métis and Inuit rights-holders throughout the project to mobilize knowledge related to promising policies and practices; and
    • use effective knowledge mobilization methods to facilitate the sharing of research findings with cross-sectoral stakeholders and Indigenous rights-holders.

Researchers can include international comparisons and case studies in their proposal but must demonstrate how the research has the potential to inform policy issues in Canada.

This Knowledge Synthesis Grant funding opportunity is guided by the following perspectives:

  1. Drawing on domestic, international and/or cross-sectoral evidence, what can Canadian researchers tell us about these issues?
  2. How might the findings guide public policy, practice and research agendas for Canada and the world in the immediate and long term?

Additional Program Information:

* ROADS will forward applications to SSHRC on behalf of applicants by 4:30 pm on September 1, 2022.


Knowledge Synthesis Grants are not intended to support original research. Rather, they are intended to support the synthesis of existing research knowledge and the identification of knowledge gaps. This call is particularly focused on the state of research produced over the past 10 years. KSG proposals will help identify roles that the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors can play in developing and implementing robust policies, best practices, and tools.

Successful applicants will be expected to do the following:

  • complete a synthesis report (maximum 40 pages) and two-page evidence brief within six months of receiving the grant;
  • participate in a kick-off webinar (tentatively scheduled for January 2023);
  • participate in a virtual knowledge mobilization forum six months after the grant has been awarded (tentatively scheduled for June 2023) to share research findings with community practitioners and knowledge users in various sectors. Further details on the forum will be shared with successful applicants when finalized.

Successful applicants will receive guidelines for completing their synthesis report and two-page evidence brief. Researchers are expected to make their synthesis reports publicly available—such as through their webpage or through an institutional repository—and to include the link in their evidence brief. SSHRC will make all evidence briefs publicly available on its website. See examples of final reports and evidence briefs produced in a recent Knowledge Synthesis Grant funding opportunity for additional guidance.


Additional Details


Amanda Graveline, ROADS