SSHRC: Knowledge Synthesis Grant - Skills and Work in the Digital Economy


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), in partnership with the Future Skills Centre of Canada

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SSHRC, in collaboration with the Future Skills Centre, is launching this Knowledge Synthesis Grant funding opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of the state of knowledge on the implications of digital technologies for workers in a global landscape. The resulting synthesis reports will identify how academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors can support workers in response to the new challenges and opportunities presented by digital technologies and the COVID-19 crisis. The reports will also suggest ways that educators, employers and policy-makers can encourage lifelong learning and create effective, resilient and inclusive workplaces in a rapidly changing economic landscape. Furthermore, understanding the ways in which new technologies are challenging traditional constructs of work and the workplace, governance, education, labour relations, and economic growth may empower individuals and organizations in a time of economic uncertainty.

Working in the Digital Economy is one of the 16 global future challenges identified through SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative. These complex issues were identified following an extensive foresight exercise and reflect key challenges that Canada is likely to face over the coming decades. All of the challenges cross multiple sectors and research disciplines, and require broad collaboration to address. Working in the Digital Economy is also a major focus for Canada’s new Future Skills Centre, a forward-thinking centre for research and collaboration dedicated to preparing Canadians for employment success and meeting the emerging talent needs of employers.

Expected outcomes

Knowledge syntheses are comprehensive analyses of literature and other forms of knowledge on a particular question or issue. All types of knowledge synthesis approaches, tools and protocols, such as scoping reviews, systematic reviews and narrative syntheses, are encouraged under this funding opportunity. Synthesized results can include qualitative, quantitative or multi-method research

Knowledge Synthesis Grants are not intended to support original research. Rather, they are intended to support the synthesis of existing research knowledge and the identification of knowledge gaps. This call is particularly focused on the state of research knowledge emerging over the past 10 years.


Applications may be submitted by an individual researcher or a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators).

Applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution before funding can be released. Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution, are not eligible for applicant status.

Applicants who have received a 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 at the time of application, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.

Funding Availability

Funding available for up to 35 grants

Maximum Project Value

$30,000 per grant

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

One year

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 a copy of application along with a complete OR5 form to:

Applicant must SUBMIT application on the SSHRC on line portal on or before the internal deadline.

External Deadline

Applications will be submitted electronically by the Grants Officer in the Office of Research.

Applicants must complete the application form in accordance with accompanying instructions.

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For more information, contact:

Phone: 613-944-5327

Office of Research

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

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