Research Western

Western Strategic Support for SSHRC Success

Funded by the Office of the Vice-President (Research), the Western Strategic Support (WSS) for SSHRC Success program offers two funding opportunities identified as the Seed and Open grants. These grants are targeted at all researchers who are pursuing SSHRC-related research. The intent of these grants is to offer critical, one-time funding to support an individual investigator’s research activities for the subsequent development of strong, competitive submissions to external, peer-reviewed research sponsors.

The merit of each proposal will be assessed by the Social Science & Humanities Review Board (SSHRB) on innovation, impact, deliverables (both long- and short-term), proposed methodology, HQP training plan and proposed budget. Successful applicants are expected to develop and submit competitive research proposals to a SSHRC competition within two years of the award’s start date. Scroll down for application form and instructions.

2018 Program Guidelines:


Dean's Deadline               Check with relevant Dean's office
RDS Deadline November 15, 2018
Presentations November/December 2018
Results available by January 2019




2018 Application Forms & Instructions:

Indirect costs are not supported by this program.



Western Contact:

Internal competitions are administered by Research Development & Services, Room 5150, Support Services Building (519-661-2111, ext. 84500,

For more information or questions, please contact: Elizabeth Russell-Minda, Research Development Officer, 519-661-2111 ext. 88701