Partnership Development Grants


The SSHRC Partnership Development Grant program provides support for teams/partnerships to develop research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities fields. The proposed projects must include knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars, by fostering new partnerships for research and related activities involving existing and/or potential partners. Alternatively, the proposed research project may design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that may result in best practices or models that either can be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.

Partnership funding is intended for teams working in formal collaboration between postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types. Within the Partnership Development Grants funding opportunity, there are two distinct categories of partnerships that may request support:

  • Existing partnerships: Support to foster new research and/or research-related partnership activities that are distinct from the partnership’s previous/ongoing partnership activities.
  • New partnerships: Support to foster new research and/or research-related partnership activities that are undertaken by partnerships in their initial stages

Please see the SSHRC program descriptions for more details.

Value and Duration

  • One to three years
  • Total of $75, 000 to $200, 000 over the funding period
  • Applicants are required to secure Cash/In-Kind contributions towards their proposal but no minimum value is required.


Applications submitted to SSHRC that would be more appropriately evaluated by NSERC or CIHR will not be accepted. In such cases, applicants may be required to submit a new application to the appropriate agency. Applicants working in research areas where boundaries overlap are advised to state clearly in all applications for funding why they believe their proposals are primarily appropriate for support by the agency to which they are submitting their application. Partners, as outlined in the proposal must provide evidence that they have entered into a formal partnership.


  • Complete a ROLA
  • Submit application via SSHRC online system
  • Institutional Letters of Support
  • Document(s) for Evidence of Formal Partnership

Important Dates

October 15, 2019
  • Notify Research Development office of intent to apply
  • Submit a First Draft of the application for review and feedback by Research Development Officer (optional)
November 4, 2019
  • Deadline to submit Final Budget and associated Letters of Support from partners/co-applicants/institutions
November 11, 2019
  • Deadline to submit a completed application with all supported documents in the online SSHRC portal for RD&S review
November 15, 2019
  •   SSHRC Partnership Development Grants Deadline



For more information, or questions relating to the SSHRC Partnership Development Grants program, please contact: Nicole Kaniki (519-661-2111 ext. 87182)