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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Knowledge Synthesis Grants Gender-Based Violence

Research Admin Offices:

  • HRS

Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Grant


  • Knowledge Synthesis Grants are valued at $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.
  • By applying for this funding opportunity, successful applicants consent to SSHRC sharing the resulting synthesis reports and evidence briefs with other interested organizations and individuals. This does not in any way limit how researchers may otherwise publish or use the results of their research


  • Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities



Internal Deadline:

August 9, 2022

Sponsor Deadline:

September 1, 2022

Additional Dates:

  • ROADS NOI Deadline - ASAP -
  • Internal Initial Draft Application Deadline - August 9, 2022
  • Internal Final Application Deadline - August 23, 2022
  • Sponsor Deadline by 4:30 p.m. (ET) - September 1, 2022


The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) are launching a call for proposals for Knowledge Synthesis Grants (KSGs) on the topic of gender-based violence. While violence affects all people, some people are more at risk of experiencing it because of various forms of oppression, such as sexism, racism, colonialism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism.

Certain populations are also more likely to experience gender-based violence or face increased barriers in accessing justice and services, including women and, specifically, young women and girls; Indigenous women and girls; women who are newcomers to Canada; women in Northern, rural and remote communities; and women with disabilities; as well as Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA+ people.

The KSGs on gender-based violence will stimulate knowledge mobilization by supporting the synthesis of existing knowledge on this topic, the identification of knowledge gaps, and production of evidence briefs to inform policy. Research teams will share findings with key stakeholders from across sectors at the Imagining Canada’s Future Forum in spring 2024. By reaching a variety of audiences, including decision-makers, this knowledge is critical for ensuring a Canada free of gender-based violence.

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:

  • 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.
    • identify the most promising policies and practices related to the theme.
  • 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.
  • 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:

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


  • 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.

Application/Nomination Process:

  • If you intend to submit an application, please contact Amanda Graveline, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, ASAP
  • The initial draft of the application is due to the Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS), by August 9, 2022.
  • The final draft, and a completed and signed Application Approval Form, are due to ROADS by August 23, 2022. Please note, applications received after this date may not receive a full review.
  • ROADS will forward applications to SSHRC on behalf of applicants by 4:30 pm on September 1, 2022.


Additional Details


  • If you intend to submit an application, please contact Amanda Graveline, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, ASAP