Joint Initiative for Digital Citizen Research

Canadian Heritage is partnering with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to provide funding support through arms-length Connection and Insight Grants as well as supplements to SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships and Doctoral Awards. The purpose of this funding is to:

  • promote Canadian research that will develop better understanding — based on empirical evidence — of the impacts of online disinformation in Canada in order to better inform programs and policies;
  • build Canada's capacity to conduct research on and related to countering online disinformation and other related online harms; and
  • help foster a community of research in the digital citizenship and online disinformation space in Canada.


Initiative for Digital Citizen Research grants and supplements are open to students, postdoctoral scholars, individual researchers and research teams affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution that SSHRC considers to be eligible to administer funds awarded through its funding opportunities.

Funding Available

  • IDCR Research Grants valued at up to $250,000 over 3 years;
  • IDCR Research Grant supplements of $20,000 over one year.

How to apply

Those seeking to engage in short- or long-term research on online disinformation and other related online harms and their impact in the Canadian context are encouraged to apply for funding through the Insight Grants funding opportunity and designate their application as part of the Joint Initiative.



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