SSHRC Institutional Explore Grant: June 2021 competition


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the ORS 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. Applicants who receive an Explore Grant are expected to apply for an external SSHRC grant (any program) within three (3) years of the end of their Explore Grant.

NOTE: The May 1, 2021 SSHRC Exchange Grant competition has been postponed due to current travel restrictions under the University of Guelph's Research Phase-in Framework. The Office of Research Services will consider another potential competition offering later in 2021 and will provide further information via Research Alerts and on the SSHRC SIG webpage once known.


All regular faculty members, including probationary, tenured and contractually-limited term appointees, are eligible. Contractually-limited term applicants and postdoctoral fellows 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 are also eligible for this program. Visiting fellows and scholars are not eligible.

NOTE: Successful applicants who receive SIG Explore funding are expected to apply to an external SSHRC grant competition within three (3) years of the end date of their SIG Explore Grant in order to meet the application eligibility requirement.**

Maximum Project Value

Explore Grants will be limited to a maximum value of $5,000, 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 awardAll funds not spent within two (2) years of the date of award will be recalled. 

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.

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.


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 SSHRC Institutional Grant webpage.

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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