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 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 27 February 1 March 31 April 1
April 27 May 1 June 30 July 1
July 28 August 1 September 30 October 1
October 28 November 1 December 31 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: noon, Wednesday, October 28, 2015:

  • Approved MRA must be received by Research Services (MRA may take several days for divisional approval, please submit well in advance)
  • Applicant must submit completed SSHRC application via SSHRC site

Sponsor deadline: November 1, 2015 : For applications submitted on the SSHRC site by November 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 in time for the November adjudication.

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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