SSH Internal Funding Opportunities

Internal funding opportunities exist to enhance UBC researchers' success applying for funding from social sciences and humanities competitions.

Hampton Fund Programs

The Hampton Fund programs reflect a new strategy at the VPRI/SPARC offices to establish multiple research funding streams to enhance UBC researchers' success with SSHRC and other major social sciences and humanities (SSH) funding competitions.  

To achieve this overall objective, the programs aim to:

  • Provide seed funding for the early stage of smaller-scale research for both junior and established scholars
  • Provide support for knowledge mobilization, research training, and/or student mentoring
  • Encourage researchers to utilize SPARC support

Download Hampton Extension Request Form/SSHRC Extension Request Form

Download Hampton Final Achievement Report

Hampton Fund Research Grants 

A) Hampton New Faculty Grant 

Purpose: To support the early stages of the research programs of tenure-track Assistant Professors hired within the last 20 months
Value: $10,000
Application Deadline: September 1st*
Duration: 2 years 
Program Information and Application Instructions: Click here
Application Form: Click here (please do not use firefox to download forms)
SPARC Contact: Danica Kell, Research Development Officer 
Please direct questions to: 

*Please note: if the deadline falls on a weekend, the application will be due by 4 p.m. on the following business day.

B) Hampton Established Scholar Grant 

The Hampton Established Scholar Grant program is under review and not currently open for applications.

Bridge Funding Program 

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) in partnership with the Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity (SPARC) is pleased to introduce a pilot Bridge Funding Program to support researchers that wish to improve and re-submit unsuccessful applications to the preceding Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) competition cycle: 

  • VPRI awards have a maximum value of $2,500 and must be matched by UBC Faculty Depts/Units.
  • Awards are for a maximum duration of 1 year. There is no funding extension beyond that time. 
  • Researchers may only receive Bridge Funding twice for each SSHRC competition.
  • Allowable expenses are outlined in the Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration. Eligibility questions may be directed to the SPARC contact of the corresponding SSHRC program as listed below. 
  • A progress meeting to provide additional feedback and support to applicants must be scheduled with SPARC, and if applicable, with your grant facilitator, prior to the corresponding SSHRC program's application submission deadline in the next competition year. 
Eligibility Requirements
  • Matching funds (provided by the applicant's department and/or faculty) must be approved by the appropriate contact with a signed Research Project Information Form (RPIF) before applying for the Bridge Funding Program. 
  • Applications for the Bridge Funding Program must be from an application to SSHRC adjudicated in a previous year that will be re-submitted to the following SSHRC competition cycle. 
  • Approval of applications to the Bridge Funding Program is subject to the availability of funds. 

Eligible SSHRC Programs and Deadlines: 

Insight Grant

SSHRC Competition Deadline of Previous Competition: October 1, 2020

Upcoming SSHRC Competition Deadline: October 1, 2021

Bridge Funding Program Deadline (apply by this date, or sooner): June 15, 2021

Insight Development Grant

SSHRC Competition Deadline of Previous Competition: February 2, 2021

Upcoming SSHRC IDG Competition Deadline: February 2, 2022

Bridge Funding Program Deadline (apply by this date, or sooner): October 1, 2021


Partnership Development Grant

SSHRC Competition Deadline of Previous Competition: November 15, 2020

Upcoming SSHRC Competition Deadline: November 15, 2021

Bridge Funding Program Deadline (apply by this date, or sooner): July 15, 2021

Partnership Grant 

SSHRC Competition Deadline of Previous Competition: February 15, 2021 (Stage 1)

Upcoming SSHRC Competition Deadline: February 15, 2022 (Stage 1)

Bridge Funding Program Deadline (apply by this date, or sooner): October 15, 2021

Application Submission Requirements: 

SSHRC Institutional Grants (SIG)

Through its SSHRC Institutional Grants (SIG) funding opportunity, SSHRC provides annual block grants to help eligible Canadian postsecondary institutions fund small-scale research and research-related activities by their faculty in the social sciences and humanities. SIG grants are intended to help Canadian post-secondary institutions develop, maintain or strengthen research capacity and research excellence in the social sciences and humanities.

SIG funds may be used to:

  • assist social sciences and humanities researchers with modest research funding requirements;
  • support national and international knowledge mobilization within and/or beyond the research community; and
  • support the development of students.

SSHRC expects that all SIG-funded research training will incorporate appropriate dimensions of the Guidelines for Effective Research Training.

Peter A. Allard School of Law

Please contact Aleksander Petrovic, Research Grants and Awards Writer

Other Faculty Members

Please check back in January 2022 for updates on the next round of SIG funding