SSHRC Institutional Explore Grant: February 2022 competition

Updated Information

Updates to:

  • Eligibility
  • Note under Deadlines for February 22, 2022


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)


SSHRC Institutional Grants (SIG) - Explore

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the SSHRC Institutional Grant webpage 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.).

Applicants who receive a Explore Grant are expected to apply for an external SSHRC grant (any program) within three (3) years of the end of their Explore Grant in order to meet application eligibility requirements.

Note: the Exchange Grant competition is on pause due to current travel restrictions under the University of Guelph's Research Continuity Framework.


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 scholars and Post Doctoral Fellows are not eligible for this program. 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-year period as required, applicants should provide rationale to the review committee for consideration. As a general rule, applicants who are prior awardees that did not meet the requirement to apply to SSHRC (any program) within three years of their award date will be ranked “C” (unsuccessful). Eligibility to re-apply to SSHRC SIG is re-instated once an external SSHRC grant is applied for.

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

Maximum Project Value

Explore Grants will be limited to a maximum value of $7,000, provided to a single researcher in any consecutive three (3) year period.

Funds awarded will normally be expected to be spent within two (2) years of the date of award. Only in exceptional circumstances will requests for extension of the time period of the grant be considered. These must be received in writing by the Director of Research Support Services within two (2) months prior to the termination date of the award. All funds not spent within two (2) years of the date of award will be recalled.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to two (2) years from the date of award.

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.


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 complete application form and attachments, including CV and budget template to:

More information regarding these competitions, how to apply and electronic applications can be found on the SSHRC Institutional Grant webpage.

NOTE: Incomplete application or applications submitted on out-of-date forms will not be advanced for review. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

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

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