Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative

Research data management has become a key part of research excellence, and social sciences and humanities scholarship increasingly creates, and makes use of, digital research data. Properly managed, these data make it possible for researchers to ask new questions, pursue novel research, test new hypotheses and apply innovative methodologies.

As part of the Connection Grants funding opportunity, SSHRC will fund at least 10 meritorious proposals per competition to help the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community strengthen its capacity for data management. This Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative offers the research community (e.g., disciplinary and professional associations; institutions; and individual researchers) Connection Grants to support the development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field.

Applications to this initiative will be subject to the same evaluation criteria and scoring scheme common to all other Connection Grants. To apply under this initiative, applicants must submit their proposals to the November 2020, February 2021, May 2021 or August 2021 Connection Grants competition.

Applicants must complete the Connection Grants application form, and follow the accompanying instructions, as outlined in the Connection Grants funding opportunity description.

In their application form, initiative applicants must:

  • select the “Data Management” option;
  • under Keywords, include “Data Management;”
  • under Expected outcomes, detail the potential benefits and/or outcomes of the proposed event or outreach activity as they relate to data management; and
  • under Description of connection project, demonstrate how the proposed event or outreach activity will support the initiative’s objectives, listed in Evaluation and adjudication below.