Connection Grants

These grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage with participants on research issues of value to them. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant can often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects.

Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes, or other events or outreach activities that facilitate:

  • disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary exchanges in the social sciences and humanities;
  • scholarly exchanges between those working in the social sciences and humanities and those working in other research fields;
  • intersectoral exchanges between academic researchers in the social sciences and humanities and researchers and practitioners from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and/or
  • international research collaboration and scholarly exchanges with researchers, students and non-academic partners from other countries.

For Connection Grants supporting events, the minimum request is $7,000 to a maximum value of $25,000 over one year. For outreach activities, SSHRC is willing to consider amounts higher than $50,000, although such applications must satisfactorily justify the need for the higher amount, as well as provide evidence that the entire award can be managed within the one-year timeframe. SSHRC Connection is a matching fund opportunity (e.g., $10K from SSHRC to $5K in cash or valued in-kind from Entity ABC). A support letter from the matching fund entity must be submitted with the application.

Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative: Through this initiative, SSHRC will fund at least 10 meritorious Connection Grant proposals per competition to support the social sciences and humanities research community develop and adopt research data management standards, tools and skills. Learn more about the Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative.

Eligibility: Applicants (except postdoctoral researchers) must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution at the time of application.

Multiple Applications/Holding Multiple Awards restriction: Individuals may apply as an applicant for only one Connection Grant per calendar year. An applicant may not apply for or hold more than one Connection Grant for the same event or outreach activity.


SSHRC website


SSHRC will be holding webinars for applicants and research administrators to provide information and answer questions about Connection Grants.

The webinars will be held via WebEx at the following times:



WebEx link

Event number

Event password

Connection Grants (French)


Thursday, May 20, 2021, 11:00 am1:00 p.m. ET

173 086 5558


Connection Grants (English)


Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET

173 242 9467



Key Deadlines:

SSHRC has 4 competitions per year: Feb 1, May 1, Aug 1, Nov 1. If the date falls on a weekend/holiday, the submission date is the following workday. SSHRC's decision date is 2 months after SSHRC's deadlines.


*Signature sheet due to ORS and Application in "Submit Mode" no later than 3 business days in advance of deadline.


Interested applicants contact SFU’s Knowledge Mobilization Officer for support with developing and articulating the knowledge mobilization components of this grant.

Upcoming Deadlines

February 01, 2022February 01, 2022 *
January 27, 2022 Jan. 27, 2022 January 27, 2022 16:00:00 January 27, 2022 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Connection Grants Connection Grants (amounts from $7,000 to $25,000) support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. Applications may be submitted by institutions (e.g., university led events) or individual applicants and teams. This is a 2:1 matching fund opportunity (SSHRC:entity match). .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.