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Knowledge Synthesis Grants

SSHRC has launched a Knowledge Synthesis Grants funding opportunity, to which the social sciences and humanities can contribute insights focusing on the future challenge area addressed in the question: How will Canada continue to thrive in an interconnected world and evolving global landscape?  

This topic is one of six future challenge areas identified in SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants are worth up to $25,000 over six months. Up to 15 grants will be awarded. Successful applicants will be provided with a set of guidelines for completion of their final report.


The objectives of this funding opportunity are three-fold, as noted below:

Knowledge Synthesis Grants are not intended to support original research. Rather, they are intended to support the synthesis of existing research knowledge and the identification of knowledge gaps. This call is particularly focused on the state of research knowledge emerging over the past 10 years. 


Proposals should address one or more of the specific key issues listed under the themes. However, applicants may choose to identify and/or develop specific aspects or elements within the questions to frame the knowledge synthesis to be produced. 

  1. International relations and globalization
  2. Demographics and the movement of people
  3. Conflict, public safety, and global security
  4. Inequality, discrimination, and identity



Application Process

Applications must be emailed as a .pdf file attachment and include the following:

Submission and Deadlines

Internal deadline: January 9, 2017.  Please note that a ROLA submission will be required.

Final submission deadline: January 12, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. (eastern)

Please email all components of the application to so that institutional signatures can be obtained and final application materials can be submitted to SSHRC by RD&S before the January 12 deadline.


Interested parties are encouraged to consult with Julaine Hall ( at Research Development & Services regarding this funding opportunity and the application process.

More information and full application details can be found at: