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SSHRC Connection Grants

SSHRC has established the following deadlines for Connection Grant competitions:  February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant may often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects potentially eligible for funding through other SSHRC funding opportunities.

Connection 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

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.

Individuals may only be applicant/project director and co-applicant on one active Connection Grant (individual or institutional) at a time.  Furthermore, an applicant/project director may apply for only one Connection Grant per calendar year.

The maximum value of a Connection Grant for an event is $25,000 over 1 year.  The minimum request required is $7,000.

The value of a Connection Grant for other outreach activities is $50,000 over 1 year.  SSHRC will consider higher amounts on an exceptional basis, however, such applications must satisfactorily justify the need for the higher amount, as well as provide evidence that the entire award can be managed within the one-year timeframe.

SSHRC will not fund the full cost of any connection event or outreach activity. Additional support in the form of cash and/or in kind contributions (excluding registration fees) equivalent to a minimum of 50 per cent  of the amount requested from SSHRC must come from other sources, such as sponsors. 


Application Process:
If you have any questions about the Connection Grants program and/or intend to submit an application, please contact Pamela McIntyre, Senior Advisor, Development, ROADS, at  or extension 23713.


More information: 
Additional information regarding the Connection Grants Program can be found on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) website at: