Connection Grants

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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.

Connection Grants Competition Timelines:

Last date to accept applications Decision date Start date of award
February 1st March 31st April 1st
May 1st June 30th July 1st
August 1st September 30th October 1st
November 1st December 31st January 1st

Please note: 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: 9am, Thursday, April 30, 2015 – Approved MRA must be received by Research Services (MRA may take several days for divisional approval, please submit early)

Sponsor deadline: 9am, Friday, May 1, 2015 – Applicant must submit completed SSHRC application via SSHRC site

Research Services will give the application an administrative review, and if the application receives institutional approval, will forward it electronically to SSHRC.

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.

Contact Information

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

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