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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grants

Research Admin Offices:


Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Grant


Partnership Development Grants are valued between $75,000 and $200,000 over 1 to 3 years.


  • Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities



Internal Deadline:

October 18, 2022

Sponsor Deadline:

November 15, 2022


The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is now accepting applications for the 2022 Partnership Development Grants competition.

Partnership Development Grants provide support to new or existing formal partnerships to:

  • develop research and/or related activities in the social sciences and humanities—these can include and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars, by fostering new partnerships with existing and/or potential partners; or
  • design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that can result in best practices or models—these can either be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.

SSHRC defines a formal partnership as a bilateral or multilateral formal collaboration agreement between an applicant and one or more partner organizations, of which at least one must be a Canadian postsecondary institution and at least one must be different from the institution or organization that will administer the grant funds. Partnerships may be between academic institutions, or between one or more academic institutions and one or more non-academic partner organizations. These partner organizations agree and commit to work collaboratively to achieve shared goals for mutual benefit. Partners must provide evidence attesting to the commitment that has been agreed upon.


Most SSHRC funding is awarded through open competitions. Proposals can involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. See subject matter eligibility for more information.

Projects whose primary objective is curriculum development are not eligible for funding under this funding opportunity.


Applications can be submitted by a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant / project director and one or more co-applicants and / or co-directors and/or collaborators).

Applicants who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit an achievement report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award are not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report.

Co-applicants and co-directors

Individuals (including postdoctoral researchers) are eligible to be co-applicants or co-directors 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 governments; or
  • International: postsecondary institution.

PhD candidates are eligible to be co-applicants and co-directors under the same conditions as those described for an applicant.


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.

Institutional and partner organization contributions

Applicants are expected to include a plan to seek and secure cash and/or in-kind contributions for their initiative during the life of the grant. While there is no minimum contribution requirement, institutions and their partner organizations are expected to demonstrate that a formal partnership currently exists, or is in the process of being developed, by supporting the activities of the formal partnership through cash and/or in-kind support.

For more information, see SSHRC’s Guidelines for Cash and In-Kind Contributions.


Application/Nomination Process:

Applications must demonstrate the following:

Quality and commitment of formal partnerships

Applicants should include relevant documentation to allow informed evaluation of the quality and level of commitment of the proposed formal partnerships.

Applicants must include evidence of formal partnership in their application. Evidence can include, but is not limited to:

  • governance frameworks;
  • agreements (intellectual property, conflict resolution, etc.);
  • strategic plans; and
  • other relevant documentation.


Additional Details


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