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Connection Grants

Connection Grants are temporarily on hold.


NEWS, February 22, 2013

SSHRC has just advised that, due to an unprecedented number of applications for the Connection Grants program and the impact on their financial resources, this program will be temporarily put on hold. 

New applications for this program will only be accepted until tomorrow,
Friday, February 22, 2013 (8 p.m. Eastern Time).

SSHRC is hoping to resume the acceptance of new applications for Connection Grants sometime in the new fiscal year.  Connection Grants applications which have been received to date will continue to be adjudicated.

Institutions, through the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators (CAURA) are providing feedback to SSHRC and are, in particular, requesting that the program be continued for a short time to allow any researchers whose proposals are in development to complete their submissions. 

ROADS will advise if SSHRC revises their timeline, however as of now please be advised that applications will not be accepted after tomorrow.


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SSHRC 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; and/or
  • international research collaboration and scholarly exchanges between researchers, students and non-academic partners from other countries.

Application Process: 
There is continuous intake for Connection Grant applications, and thus no set application deadline.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the start date of the proposed event or outreach activity. It is particularly important to allow sufficient time for the merit review process, which may require applicants to provide further clarification on information included in their application.

The Connection Grants funding opportunity normally provides applicants with decisions within eight weeks of receiving applications

If you plan to apply to the Connection Grants program, please contact Pamela McIntyre, Senior Advisor, Development, at  or extension 23713.


Connection Grant applications may be submitted by institutions or individual applicants and teams:

  1. Institutional Connection Grants applications may be submitted by an institution to conduct an event or outreach activity, or series thereof, in order to attain strategic objectives relevant to the institution’s mission and mandate. Applications must be submitted by an eligible Canadian institution. The project director identified by the institution prepares the application on behalf of his/her institution (the applicant), and is responsible for the overall leadership of the project.
    Note: The term “institution” in this description refers to both postsecondary institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

  2. Individual Connection Grants may be submitted by an individual applicant or by a team (consisting of an applicant [project director] plus one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators) to conduct an event or outreach activity, or series thereof, that primarily falls within the applicant’s domain of expertise and that will, ultimately, allow them to make a significant contribution to their field of research. In the case of a team approach, all team members must meet the eligibility criteria specific to their role.
    Applicants (except postdoctoral fellows/researchers) must normally be affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution at the time of application. If they are not, they must contact SSHRC.

Grant funding may only be administered by an eligible Canadian institution. However, the intellectual leadership and governance for Connection Grant activities may come from within the research community and/or from within the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors.

Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian postsecondary institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution, are not eligible for applicant or project director status with the Connection Grants funding opportunity.

Postdoctoral fellows/researchers are eligible to be an applicant or project director for a Connection Grant. However, in order for SSHRC to release grant funds, he/she must formally establish an affiliation with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution within three months of the grant start date, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.



The maximum value of a Connection Grant is typically $50,000 over one year. A minimum request of $7,000 is required. SSHRC expects that requests for Connection Grant support would typically be in the range of $15,000 to $50,000. Applications for amounts over $50,000 may be considered on an exceptional basis; such applications must provide satisfactory evidence that the entire award can be managed within the one-year timeframe (without extensions).

More information: 
If you have any questions regarding the Connection Grants program, please contact Pam McIntyre, Senior Advisor, Development, at  or extension 23713.

Additional information regarding the Connection Grants program can also be found on the SSHRC website at: