Connection Grants

Notice: Faculty members who are planning to apply for funding are encouraged to login to the My Research Application (MRA) on-line system well in advance of the submission deadline to ensure that there are no problems with your login credentials. The system utilizes your UTORid credentials. The information in the on-line form will be automatically routed to the appropriate internal approvers for review and endorsement. If you encounter problems, please consult the My Research - Application User Guide for additional information or contact the RAISE help desk (416-946-5000,



Connection Grants support events and activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization intiatives, including workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums and summer institutes.

  • Events may be face-to-face or involve virtual interaction, and may be one-time encounters or catalysts designed to lead to longer-term partnerships and/or sustained programs of scholarly research. Face-to-face events may be held abroad; the applicant must adequately explain the event’s potential to mobilize Canadian research on an international level.
  • Outreach activities must be designed to engage the broader public in humanities and social sciences knowledge through one or more of the following: knowledge dissemination, transfer, brokering, translation, synthesis, exchange, networking or co-creation.

Applications should be made using the Individual Connection Grant form; the form and instructions are available on the SSHRC website.

Proposed events and activities must generally take place within 12 months of the award start date.  Although applications can be submitted at any time, funding decisions and announcements are made quarterly as described in the table below, and SSHRC will not award funds for activities which have taken place before the funding decision is made. Connections Grant now have a one year automatic extension beyond the one-year grant period.

Connection Grants Competition Timelines

IMPORTANT:  SSHRC receives the application when it is given online approval by Research Services, not the date it is submitted by the applicant. Please observe the internal deadline to ensure that all necessary approvals are in place to enable Research Services to forward the application to SSHRC by the sponsor deadline.

Internal deadline Sponsor deadline Decision date Award start date
January 30 February 1 March 31 April 1
April 27 May 1 June 30 July 1
July 27 August 1 September 30 October 1
October 28 November 1 January 8 January 1

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals well in advance of the deadline. An applicant may only apply for one Connection Grant in a calendar year.

NOTE: Applicants must secure cash/in-kind commitments from other sponsoring organizations which total at least 50% of the amount requested from SSHRC.  If any commitments are from UofT units, it should be noted in the MRA form that the proposal involves a contribution from the university to direct costs.

Application Process

Internal deadline to receive MRA – noon, Thursday, July 27, 2017:

  • Approved MRA must be received by Research Services (MRA may take several days for divisional approval, please submit well in advance). The MRA should include a draft proposal, finalized budget amount, and copies of letters of support for UofT institutional commitments.

Internal deadline to submit online application – 9am, Tuesday, August 1, 2017:

  • Applicant must submit completed SSHRC application via SSHRC site.

For applications submitted on the SSHRC site by Tuesday, August 1, for which an MRA has been submitted as above, Research Services will give the application an administrative review, and if the application receives institutional approval, will forward it electronically to SSHRC by the sponsor deadline.

Please note:  Submitting your online application means you are ready for Research Services to give it institutional approval and forward your proposal to SSHRC. Research Services will not review the content of your application but will verify your eligibility to hold a research grant at UofT, that of any UofT co-applicants, and any institutional commitments. UTRS will return applications only to those who do not meet the University’s criteria to hold a research grant. If you have questions about the Connection Grants funding opportunity, please contact Research Services well in advance of the internal deadline.

Additional Resources

SSHRC will be holding a webinar for applicants and research administrators to provide information and answer questions about Connection Grants.

The webinar will be held via Adobe Connect at the following times:

Webinar Date Adobe Connect link
Connection Grants (English)


Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Connection Grants (French)


Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Please note that you do not need to register in advance and a question and answer period will follow the presentation. With Adobe Connect, questions must be submitted in writing.

To join via Adobe Connect:

  • Click on the Adobe Connect webinar link on the date and time specified.
  • Enter your name, and press “Enter Room”.
  • Adjust the volume on your computer.

First time attending an Adobe Connect meeting?

For any questions, please contact SSHRC by email at: or by telephone: 613-943-1007.

⇒Slides from the SSHRC webinar presentation on 7 November 2016 are here:   SSHRC Connection Grant webinar 2016 slides

Contact Information

Sarah Scott
Research Funding Officer, Social Sciences & Humanities | (416) 978-7324

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