SSHRC and WAGE: Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative


Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)


The Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative is a joint initiative between Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). WAGE will invest up to $2,500,000 and SSHRC up to $1,000,000 over four years to co-fund research projects that address Gender-based violence (GBV). The goal of this initiative is to support academic researchers, in partnership with other research-focused and community-based organizations, to advance knowledge on, and analyze the causes and persistence of GBV in Canada. This research could include methods of prevention, access to justice, and support services for victims and survivors.

Research on the unique experiences of GBV victims and survivors, and individual and societal impacts of GBV should be grounded in the lived experience of affected communities and include the co-construction of knowledge with community-based organizations. Researchers are expected to conduct their research with an intersectional lens, resulting in a more robust understanding of how GBV is experienced by different communities and populations on the basis of (but not limited to): gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, Indigenous identity, age, disability, and/or geographic location. In keeping with the principles and strategic directions established in SSHRC's Indigenous Research Statement of Principles and in the strategic plan of the federal granting agencies Setting new directions to support Indigenous research and research training in Canada 2019 - 2022, this initiative encourages research projects led by Métis, Inuit and First Nations researchers to respond to community priorities.

The initiative will seek to support a diverse portfolio of projects aligned with the five themes. The research questions presented within each theme are only examples of potential areas to consider, and applicants may propose research questions and objectives that are not listed below, so long as the research topic falls within one of the five themes.

A webinar on how to apply will be organized in the coming weeks, so please visit SSHRC’s Upcoming Webinars page for updates.

Please note that this initiative is complementary to but distinct from the Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Gender-Based Violence competition recently launched. Both competitions are open concurrently with different deadlines. The Knowledge Synthesis Grants aim to examine and synthesize existing knowledge on gender-based violence, whereas the Gender-Based Research Violence Initiative partnership grants aim to produce new research on particular themes related to gender-based violence that are outlined in the funding opportunity description.


Review eligibility for subject matter, applicants, institutions, co-directors and co-applicants, collaborators and partner organizations.

Funding Availability

The Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative will award approximately five grants for four-year formal research partnerships between a post-secondary institution and at least one or more partner organizations from the not-for-profit, public and/or private sectors, to foster the co-creation of new knowledge, capacity-building and knowledge mobilization on critical issues relating to gender-based violence in Canada.

Maximum Project Value

Grants offered under the Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative are valued at up to $100,000 for the first year and up to $200,000 annually for the following three years, for an overall total maximum of up to $700,000 over four years. A one-year automatic grant extension without additional funding is also available under this joint initiative.

Indirect Costs


Special Notes


Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.

Guidelines and related support material

All applicants for SSHRC funding should consult the following guidelines while preparing their applications:


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

PI to submit a signed OR-5 form along with a copy of the full application to:

Please select 'submit' on the Convergence Portal on or before the internal deadline (two weeks prior to external deadline). 

External Deadline

Application will be submitted to SSHRC electronically by the Office of Research Services. 

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the application form in accordance with accompanying instructions. Applications must be submitted electronically by the Office of Research Services.

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact


Tel.: 1-855-275-2861

Office of Research

Carolyn Osborn, Senior Manager, Grants & Contracts
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x52935

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