SSHRC Connection Grants

SSHRC Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives in the social sciences and humanities.

The grants are intended to support the first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects that can include disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or inter-sectoral exchanges in social sciences and humanities or building international or national research collaborations.

Application Process

There are four application cycles per year: February 1, May 1, August 1 or November 1. The funding duration is one year from the award, with the total possible award value determined by the type of activity:

  • $7,000 to $25,000 for events such as workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes, etc.
  • $7,000 to $50,000 for outreach activities such as policy briefs, articles for print, educational aids, interactive technologies, the adaptation of texts, artistic exhibits, public debates, media events, etc.
    • higher amounts can be considered if well justified.

Additional in-kind and/or cash contributions of 50% of the requested amount are also required.

Applications are adjudicated through a merit review process based on specific evaluation criteria. Applications involving Indigenous research may undergo a more tailored adjudication. Decisions are typically communicated to UBC at the end of each funding cycle (i.e. January, April, July and October).

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Up to one month prior to your target deadline
Prepare and review your application
Late January, April, July, or October (target deadline)
Finalize and submit your application (See ORS procedures)
  • View full application submission procedures for SSHRC on the Office of Research Services (ORS) page.

  • Submit your application to ORS. See relevant ORS application procedures and internal deadlines for your campus to ensure administrative review and timely submission: Vancouver | Okanagan


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One-on-One Consultation

Our team can provide comprehensive reviews of your application in advance of the corresponding deadlines. Limited availability.

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Sample Grant Library

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Connection Grant Resources

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Danica Kell
Research Development Officer, Social Sciences & Humanities

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Dr. Lisa Sundstrom
Social Sciences & Humanities Research Advisor (SSHRC), UBC
Professor, Political Science

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1. Can I submit multiple applications or hold multiple grants through SSHRC?

SSHRC maintains strict guidelines around the submission of multiple applications or holding multiple grants in a calendar year, in order to avoid duplication of funding and optimize the use of merit review resources. Of particular concern for Connection Grant applicants: individuals can apply as an applicant for only one Connection Grant per calendar year regardless of whether or not they are successful. An applicant cannot apply for or hold more than one Connection Grant for the same event or outreach activity, and applicants of an active Connection Grant cannot apply as applicants for another Connection Grant.

See SSHRC's policy on multiple applications/grants for full details.

2. What criteria are used to evaluate my application?

SSHRC's merit review process adjudicates applications based on three primary criteria:

  1. Challenge: The aim and importance of the endeavour (40%)
  2. Feasibility: The plan to achieve excellence (20%)
  3. Capability: The expertise to succeed (40%)

Review SSHRC's website for full details on the evaluation and adjudication process.

3. What is the success rate for applications to the Connection Grants program?

UBC researchers typically enjoy success rates of 78% in the Connection Grants program. See the SSHRC competition statistics page and dashboard for up-to-date details on a specific program year.

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