SSHRC Connection Grants – February 2023

Image by Myriams-Fotos from Pixabay

SSHRC’s Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and outreach activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant may often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects potentially eligible for funding through other SSHRC funding opportunities.

Amount: $7,000 – $50,000 (potentially higher amounts)

Matching Funds: SSHRC will not fund the full cost of any connection event or outreach activity. Additional support in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions (excluding registration fees), equivalent to a minimum of 50% of the amount requested from SSHRC, must come from sponsoring organizations. Please contact Karen Kueneman for assistance in securing matching funds from Western and your faculty.

Faculty Research Office: 1 week prior to SSHRC deadline. (If you wish to have feedback on your application allow at least two weeks – contact Karen Kueneman)
Western Research: 1 week prior to SSHRC deadline
SSHRC: Feb 1 (decision by Mar/Apr) – Upcoming deadlines: May 1 (decision by Jun/Jul); Aug 1 (decision by Sep/Oct); Nov 1 (decision by Jan)

Description: Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities that facilitate:

  • disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary exchanges in the humanities and social sciences;
  • scholarly exchanges between those working in the social sciences and humanities and those working in other research fields;
  • intersectoral exchanges between academic researchers in the humanities and social sciences and researchers and practitioners from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and/or
  • international research collaboration and scholarly exchanges between researchers, students and non-academic partners from other countries.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold an eligible academic research appointment at Western.

More Information and link to Applications: Full Applications are to be processed through Western Research and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA.

Please contact Karen Kueneman if you intend to apply.

Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative: As part of the Connection Grants competition, SSHRC is offering special Connection Grants to help the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community strengthen its capacity for data management. This Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative offers the research community (e.g., disciplinary and professional associations; institutions; and individual researchers) Connection Grants to support the development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field. See the initiative’s full description

Initiative for Digital Citizen Research: The Initiative for Digital Citizen Research , a joint initiative with the Department of Canadian Heritage, supports research and related activities on, or related to, online disinformation in the Canadian context.

Applications to the above initiatives will be subject to the same evaluation criteria and scoring scheme common to all other Connection Grants. However, applicants must show how their project addresses the particular initiative’s specific goals.


  • The maximum value for a SSHRC Connection Grant is dependent on whether it is an “event” Connection Grant only OR if it is a Connection Grant with “outreach activities”.
    • “Event” Connection grants are a maximum of $25,000 over one year. ($7,000 – $25,000). Applying for $25,000 would require $12,500 in-kind and/or cash contribution.
    • Connection grants with “outreach activities” are a maximum of $50,000. ($7,000- $50,000). Applying for $50,000 would require $25,000 in-kind and/or cash contribution.
  • An applicant may apply for one Connection Grant per calendar year.
  • An applicant may not apply for or hold more than one Connection Grant for the same event or outreach activity.
Thank you! Your subscription has been confirmed. You'll hear from us soon.
Subscribe to the FIMULAW blog
Receive notifications when new posts are published