SSHRC Partnership Development Grants

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SSHRC Partnership Development Grants (PDG) provide support to new or existing partnerships for initiatives that advance research, provide research training, and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities.

As of May 1st, researchers applying to this competition must comply with new and updated Government of Canada research security requirements. 

UBC’s Research Security team is available to provide support and resources related to these new requirements, as well as to guide you in implementing best practices to safeguard your research.

Partnership Development Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight and/or the Connection programs.

Application Process

The Partnership Development Grant program follows a single application cycle each year with support beginning in October for the annual deadline on November 15.

Funding is available for projects ranging from 1 to 3 years in length, valued between $75,000 and $200,000. Applications are expected to include a plan to seek and secure cash and/or in-kind contributions for their initiative during the life of the grant.

Applications are adjudicated through a merit review process based on specific evaluation criteria. Applications involving Indigenous research may undergo a more tailored adjudication. 

Results are communicated in March of the following year. Applicants unsuccessful in a prior round of Partnership Development Grants may apply to UBC's internal bridge funding

Sponsor Site


Between 6 and 12 months prior to deadline


Support & Resources

Program Outreach

SPARC can meet with you or your team to discuss the project, competition, your work plan, timelines or other information to support a successful proposal.

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Proposal Development

SPARC can facilitate during meetings with partners to develop various aspects of your proposal such as:
partnership and research development strategy, project framework; team, partnership and network building and brainstorming sessions; budget and in-kind/cash contributions; training on proposal preparation

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PDG Resources

Visit our repository of tips, templates and guidelines to support a successful application. 

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Sample Grant Library

Check out our comprehensive sample grant library and additional resources curated specifically for UBC researchers. CWL is required to view.




Danica Kell
Research Development Officer, Social Sciences & Humanities

SPARC support services

Dr. Lisa Sundstrom
Social Sciences & Humanities Research Advisor

Advocacy and advice

UBC's Grant Facilitation Network
Research support personnel based in the faculties
See list

Various grant support



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