SSHRC Partnership Development Grants

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.

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SSHRC PDG Quick Facts

Full application deadline: Nov 15th

Submission timelines and instructions can be found on the ORS webpage

  • Full application funding: $75,000 to $200,000
  • Duration: 1-3 years
  • Apply through web application
  • Application requires a SSHRC web CV

SPARC Support Services for SSHRC PDG

Program Outreach
Proposal Development
Introduction & Planning Meetings
  • Partnership and research development strategy
  • Project framework
  • Team, partnership and network building and brainstorming sessions
  • Budget and in-kind/cash contributions
  • Meeting with students/program managers for training on proposal preparation
Proposal Review
  • SPARC Review
    • In these reviews, proposals will be finely edited by a member of the SPARC team.  Applicants have the option of submitting their full proposal, or various modules.
    • Available October 18 - November 8, 2021
Final Submission

Adhere to internal submission guidelines

SSHRC Deadline : November 15th, 2021

UBC Deadlines: The Office of Research Services (ORS) will forward your application to SSHRC after conducting a review of submitted materials. Typically, a signed Research Project Information Form (RPIF) and select application modules are due 5 days before the SSHRC deadline, and the full application must be submitted at least 2 days before the SSHRC deadline. Please see the ORS website for confirmation of internal submission deadlines.

SSHRC PDG Program Statistics

SSHRC PDG Application Years 2013-2018


UBC Total

UBC Total
UBC Success 
Success Rate
2020 8 7 88% 71%
2019 12 6 50% 57%
2018 9 7 78% 47%
2017 13 6 46% 50%
2016 14 4 29% 37%

*Excludes special initiative PDGs (e.g. the 2018 CMHC-SSHRC PDG) and applications deemed ineligible by SSHRC.

Please see the SSHRC Interactive Dashboard for additional information about national results.

SPARC Contacts

Danica Kell, Research Development Officer, SPARC

Lisa Sundstrom, SSH Research Advisor, VPRI