Western Strategic Support for SSHRC Success Program

Funded by Western 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. Indirect costs are not supported by this program.

WSS for SSHRC Success Seed & Open Grants

Next program launch: Fall 2021 (2020 process included below for reference)

Program Guidelines

Program guideline updates for 2020:

  • The ECR definition has been updated
  • Travel expenses will still be considered eligible expenses
  • Conference travel, conference registration costs and dissemination costs are now ineligible expenses

Please consult the guidelines for further information. 

Application Forms & Instructions

Important Dates

Dean's Deadline November 9, 2020
ROLA Proposal Deadline November 9, 2020
Application Deadline November 16, 2020
  • Internal program applications are processed through Western Research Internal Grants and must be accompanied by a completed ROLA Proposal. All submissions will be adjudicated by appointed members of Western's Social Sciences & Humanities Review Board (SSHRB).


  • Final Report - Online form due within six months of the grant end date.


Internal competitions are administered by Western Research Internal Grants: intgrant@uwo.ca

For more information please contact Adam Fraser, Research Development Officer