Grant Name: Connection Grants





Deadline Decision Date
November 1, 8:00 p.m. (eastern) January
February 1, 8:00 p.m. (eastern) March to April
May 1, 8:00 p.m. (eastern) June to July
August 1, 8:00 p.m. (eastern) September to October


Connection Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Connection program.

These grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage with participants on research issues of value to them. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant can often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects.

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

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

Only a Canadian institution that holds institutional eligibility can administer funds. However, the intellectual leadership and governance for Connection Grant activities can come from within the research community and/or from within the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors.

SSHRC welcomes applications involving Indigenous research, as well as those involving research-creation.


Subject matter

Most SSHRC funding is awarded through open competitions. Proposals can involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. See the guidelines on subject matter eligibility for more information.

Projects whose primary objective is to conduct research activities (e.g., literature reviews, field work, data collection, interviews) or to develop stand-alone volumes are not eligible for funding under this funding opportunity.

Proposed events and outreach activities

  • All activities must take place within 12 months of the start date indicated on the notice of award (see decision dates in the funding cycle schedule).
  • Proposed events and outreach activities must produce timely and concrete deliverables, such as conference proceedings or other knowledge products developed for traditional formats and/or employing digital and/or multimedia formats (unless specifically intended to create new, longer-term linkages or to initiate collaboration).
  • Proposed events and outreach activities can be one-time encounters or catalysts designed to lead to longer-term partnerships and/or sustained programs of scholarly research.


Events are short-term activities that are usually completed in a week or less (e.g., a two-day conference or a one-week workshop). The bulk of the activities will happen within this short period. As part of the overall proposal, applicants can request support for longer-term activities directly related to the event (e.g., developing proceedings, publications or reports, or other forms of knowledge synthesis).

Proposed events can be:

  • face-to-face or involve virtual interaction.
  • discipline-specific, or cross-disciplinary and/or cross-sectoral; and
  • open- or closed-invitation.

Outreach activities

Proposed outreach activities must be designed to engage a broader public in social sciences and humanities knowledge through one or a combination of the following: knowledge dissemination, transfer, brokering, translation, synthesis, exchange, networking, or co-creation beyond what would typically be achieved through an event. Proposed activities can include, but are not limited to:

  • adaptation (including translation, for example, into French, English or Indigenous languages) of texts or presentations for the purpose of broader knowledge mobilization to different audiences.
  • development of policy briefs, knowledge syntheses and scoping reviews.
  • development of articles for print or online publication in newspapers or weekly or monthly magazines—whether specialized or general interest.
  • virtual networking.
  • media events (such as television/radio presentations).
  • summer schools/institutes.
  • speaker series.
  • public debates.
  • artistic exhibits, performances, or festivals.
  • development/use of interactive technologies, audiovisual products, or software; and/or
  • development/use of educational aids, instruments, or equipment.

Projects can occur in Canada or abroad. If a proposed project is to occur abroad, the applicant must justify the project’s potential to mobilize Canadian research on an international stage, and why the project must happen outside Canada.

Connection Grants are intended to support applicants and project directors who are running a knowledge mobilization event or outreach activity. Applicants must provide evidence that they are playing an active and significant role in the organization and delivery of the event or outreach activity.

How to Apply?

Applicants must complete the application form in accordance with accompanying instructions.

Applications must be submitted electronically by an authorized research grants officer, or equivalent, from the applicant’s institution, or by a representative of the not-for-profit organization who has financial signing authority and is not participating in the project.

Eligible postdoctoral researchers not currently affiliated with a SSHRC eligible institution can submit their applications directly to SSHRC.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the start date of the proposed event or outreach activity. They should submit their application by the deadline corresponding to the decision date most appropriate to their project’s needs, keeping in mind SSHRC cannot award a grant retroactively for an event or outreach activity that has taken place prior to the final funding decision. All funded activities must take place within one year of the start date indicated on the Notice of Award.

Applicants needing help while preparing their application should communicate with SSHRC well in advance of the application deadline.

Funding Amount

Connection Grants supporting events are valued at $7,000 to $25,000 over 1 year.

Connection Grants supporting outreach activities are valued at $7,000 to $50,000 over 1 year.

A minimum request of $7,000 is required.

SSHRC is willing to consider amounts higher than $50,000, although such applications must satisfactorily justify the need for the higher amount, as well as provide evidence the entire award can be managed within the one-year timeframe.

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