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 for $7,000 to $50,000 up to 1 year.  

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SSHRC CG Program Quick Facts
  • Value and duration: $7,000 to $25,000 or $50,000 for other outreach activities for up to 1 year
  • Required additional in-kind and/or cash contributions of 50% of amount requested from SSHRC
SSHRC Deadlines:  February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1
Types of Funded Events or Outreach Activities (full list in Identification Section of Detailed Instructions)
  • Events (up to $25,000): workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums and summer institutes
  • Other Outreach Activities (up to $50,000): policy briefs, articles for print, educational aids, interactive technologies, adaptation of texts, artistic exhibits, public debates and media events
  • Disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or inter-sectoral exchanges in social sciences and humanities
  • Building international or national research collaborations
  • A first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects
Criteria (more info):
  • Challenge—The aim and importance of the endeavour (40%)
  • Feasibility—The plan to achieve excellence (30%)
  • Capability—The expertise to succeed (30%)

SSHRC CG External Resources
SSHRC Website Links:
SSHRC CG Contacts:

SSHRC CG SPARC Support Services


Program Outreach
  • Exploring the grant opportunity: SPARC workshops or info sessions, SSH Speaker Series, Test-Your-Concept
  • Expression of Interest: Please contact SPARC:
  • Individual or group meetings: project idea, competition overview, planning  
Project Proposal/Development
  • Planning Meetings [1.5-6 months prior to submission]:
  • Walk-through SSHRC online application with PI, students, managers
  • Planning the project or knowledge mobilization program
  • “Connections”: Brainstorming team, partnership/network building
  • Plan your budget and in-kind/cash contributions
  • Templates prepared by SPARC (budgets, sample grants, letters of support, etc.)

Hampton Co-funding Program for SSHRC Connection Grants

The Hampton Co-funding Program supports CG applicants in securing a portion of required additional contributions from sponsoring organizations. For more information, please click here

Proposal Review
  • SPARC First Review [7 weeks prior to submission]: An initial, in-depth written review and follow-up on first drafts of proposals or modules by SPARC
  • Internal Peer Review [5 weeks prior to submission]: by past successful applicants
  • SPARC Final Review [3 weeks prior to submission]: final polishing/editing 

Note: reviews are offered in partnership with Faculty-/Institute-based grant facilitators


Please contact the UBC Office of Research Services (ORS) for information on how to submit.  Please remember to submit your Research Project Information Form  to ORS.

SSHRC CG Program Statistics


Year 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2017-2018
Successful Applicants  
UBC 3 9 6 18 25
National  190 237 289 287 N/A
Success Rate  
UBC 75% 82% 60% 50% 62.5%
National  80% 81% 64% 52% N/A
Total Funding  
UBC $110,190 $244,933 $147,066 $515,314 $587,881
National $5,920,750 $6,543,314 $6,937,671 $7,084,778 N/A
Average Funding/Project  
UBC $36,730 $27,215 $24,511 $28,628 $23,515
National $31,161 $27,609 $24,006 $24,600 N/A
Successful Applicants Supported by SPARC  
SPARC initiated full support since June 2015.  Not formally suppported Not formally supported Not formally supported



National Ranking of UBC  
Amount of Funding 10th 10th 17th 2nd N/A
Amount of Awards 11th 9th 17th 3rd N/A


SPARC Contacts

Danica Kell, Research Development Officer ( / 604-822-8778).