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SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants COVID-19 Special Initiative (Apply ASAP)

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Partnership Engage Grants are valued at $7,000 to $25,000 over one year.


  • Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities



Internal Deadline:

May 25, 2020

Sponsor Deadline:

June 8, 2020


SSHRC has launched the Partnership Engage Grants COVID-19 Special Initiative to provide short-term and timely support for small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships on COVID-19 crisis related issues, challenges and impacts.


SSHRC will accept applications for the PEG COVID-19 Special Initiative for the following deadlines:

  • June 15, 2020
  • September 15, 2020


The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges globally. While much needed focus to date has been on developing and testing effective countermeasures to control the spread of the virus, examining the longer-term impacts of the pandemic—and the ensuing economic slowdown—on individuals, businesses and communities is just as important.

SSHRC encourages projects in, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Understanding the differentiated social impacts of a pandemic, like COVID-19, using gender-based analysis, or by analyzing its political and economic effects at a regional, national or global scale.
  • Designing and implementing effective and equitable recovery measures, such as fiscal and monetary policies, supply chain management measures, and social protection and employment creation initiatives.
  • Building longer-term resilience and disaster preparedness, for instance, by learning from Indigenous knowledge systems, developing new emergency, public communication and work environment plans, or by rethinking communal and pedagogical approaches, artistic models and rituals.


Partnership Engage Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program and the Connection program. Please note that Partnership Engage Grants cannot respond exclusively to the objectives of the Connection program. They provide short‐term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision‐making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not‐for‐profit sector. The small‐scale, stakeholder‐driven partnerships supported through the Partnership Engage Grants are meant to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non‐academic sectors.


Partnership Engage Grant proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Additional information regarding Subject Matter Eligibility can be found at here. .


SSHRC welcomes applications involving Indigenous research, as well as those involving research-creation.

Application/Nomination Process:

If you intend to submit an application, please contact Christina Pellegrini, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, at or extension 27207, 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 May 25, 2020. 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 June 8,  2020.


ROADS will submit the application to SSHRC by 4:30 pm on June 15.



For support, please contact Christina Pellegrini, Senior Advisor, ROADS.