SSHRC Institutional Explore and Exchange Grant competitions Fall 2023


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the RSO SSHRC SIG website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


Explore Grants will provide seed funding for research that that is to result in the development and submission of an application in an external SSHRC competition. These funds can be used as bridge grants, for data collection or project completion; visiting scholars; support for students in research; workshops/symposia; and knowledge mobilization (podcasts, etc.).

Exchange Grants are intended to subsidize the cost of travel required to support national and international knowledge mobilization within and/or beyond the research community. The proposed travel cannot be related to research funded by existing SSHRC support. Exchange Grants can reimburse travel expenses which have occurred in the past.

NOTE: Applicants who have received an Explore or and Exchange Grant are expected to have applied for an external SSHRC grant (any program) within three (3) years of the end of their Explore Grant in order to meet application eligibility requirement.  If your Explore application does not meet this eligibility requirement and an explanation as to why the Explore application eligibility requirement could not be met, your application will be deemed ineligible for this competition.



All regular faculty members, including probationary, tenured and contractually limited term appointees, are eligible. Contractually-limited term applicants are eligible, provided they are employed under a contract with the University for a period sufficiently long to make it feasible to carry out the proposed research project and/or travel. Professors emeriti, visiting fellows and visiting scholars are not eligible. SIG funds will support both emerging and established scholars, as defined by SSHRC.

If an applicant is a prior SSHRC SIG award holder and a SSHRC application was not applied for within the three (3)-year period as required, applicants should provide rationale to the review committee for consideration. Eligibility to re-apply to SSHRC SIG is re-instated once an external SSHRC grant is applied for.

Maximum Project Value

  • SIG Explore: $7,000 maximum per request in any 2-year consecutive period
  • SIG Exchange: $3,000 maximum per request per calendar year

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

SIG Explore: 2 years from date of award


Special Notes

SIG applications may be used to support research and research-related activities in one or more disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. Please see Subject Matter Eligibility for more information.


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

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit OR-5 form along with a copy of the full application to

More information regarding these competitions, how to apply and electronic applications can be found in the section How to Apply on the RSO SSHRC SIG website.

For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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