Partnership Development Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight and/or the Connection programs. These grants provide support over one to three years to teams/partnerships, led by a project director, to:
- develop research and/or related activities in the social sciences and humanities—these can include knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars, by fostering new partnerships with existing and/or potential partners; or
- design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that can result in best practices or models—these can either be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.
Types of Partnerships
Two categories of partnerships can request support:
- existing partnerships to foster new research and/or research-related partnership activities that are distinct from the partnership’s previous/ongoing partnership activities; and
- new partnerships to foster new research and/or research-related partnership activities that are undertaken by partnerships in their initial stages.
- Partnership Development Grants are valued at $75,000 to $200,000, over one to three years.
Following is a list of possible formal partnership approaches:
Applicants are in no way limited to these approaches, and are welcome to combine some of the features described below.
- Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research partnerships: Interinstitutional research initiatives designed to make a significant contribution to advancing knowledge and understanding in the social sciences and/or humanities. While SSHRC welcomes proposals for interdisciplinary research partnerships involving natural sciences, engineering and/or health partner organizations, partnerships of this nature must follow SSHRC’s subject matter eligibility guidelines .
- Cross-sector co-creation of knowledge and understanding: Partnerships to foster innovative research, training and the co-creation of new knowledge on critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance.
- Networks for research and/or related activities: Networks designed to advance the innovative co-creation of knowledge, as well as training and mobilization of research, on critical issues of intellectual, social, economic, and cultural significance.
- Partnered knowledge mobilization: Partnerships designed to synthesize, apply and mobilize new and existing social sciences and humanities research knowledge in accessible ways to build institutional capacity and to increase the national and international impact and stature of Canadian research.
- Applications may be submitted by a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant/project director and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators). The applicant/project director prepares the application on behalf of the partner organizations of the formal partnership.
- Applicants (except postdoctoral researchers and students) must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution at the time of application. Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian post-secondary institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian post-secondary institution, are not eligible for applicant status.
- Applicants who have received an SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit an achievement report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award are not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report.
- Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to be applicants if they have formally established an affiliation with an eligible institution within five months of the grant start date and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.
- Students enrolled in a program of study are not eligible to apply. However, a Ph.D. candidate is eligible to apply if they:
- will have met all requirements for the Ph.D. before the grant is awarded, including all course work and successful defense of their dissertation; and
- establish a formal affiliation with an eligible institution within five months of the grant start date, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.
- An individual (including postdoctoral researchers) is eligible to be a co-applicant if they are formally affiliated with any of the following:
- Canadian: Eligible postsecondary institution; not-for-profit organization; philanthropic foundation; think tank; or municipal, territorial or provincial government
- International: Postsecondary institution
- Ph.D. candidates are eligible to be co-applicants under the same conditions as those described for an applicant.
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