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Partnership Grants

Partnership Grants provide support for new and existing formal partnerships to advance research and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, as well as through resources as evidenced by cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Partnership Grant initiatives are expected to:

  • build knowledge and understanding from disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector perspectives through support for the best researchers;
  • support new approaches to research on complex and important topics, including those that transcend the capacity of any one scholar, institution or discipline; 
  • provide a high-quality research training experience for students; 
  • fund research expertise that relates to societal challenges and opportunities; and 
  • mobilize research knowledge, to and from academic and non-academic audiences, with the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact; 


  • facilitate the multidirectional flow of social sciences and humanities knowledge among researchers and between the campus and the larger community, in order to enhance intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit, and impact;
  • increase the accessibility and use of social sciences and humanities research knowledge among academic and non-academic audiences;
  • support the building of reciprocal relationships among social sciences and humanities researchers, and between social sciences and humanities researchers and those in a position to either co-create or use research knowledge; 
  • support the development of social sciences and humanities research networks and tools designed to facilitate scholarly work; and 
  • make such networks and tools more accessible to non-academic audiences;

or all of the above.

Application Process:
The Partnership Grant competition begins in February of each year.  Applicants are required to first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to SSHRC. Applicants successful at the LOI stage will be invited to submit a formal application in the fall.

If you have questions about the Partnership Grants program and/or intend to apply, please contact Sherisse Webb, Assistant Director, Development, at or extension 26946.

Applicants at the LOI stage are expected to include a proposed plan to secure, over and above the budget requested from SSHRC, a minimum of 35 per cent in additional resources from sources other than SSHRC during the life of the grant (four to seven years).

Since institutional commitments may be involved, Faculty endorsement is required for all applications on which McMaster researchers are identified as applicants or co-applicants.

Once ROADS has received approval from your Faculty Dean, a Senior Advisor will be assigned to provide you with guidance documents and assistance with development of your proposal.


Partnership Grants will typically provide $500,000 to $2.5 million over four to seven years. Requests outside this range will also be considered.

More information:

Additional information about this program can also be found on the SSHRC website at