SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grants 2018 International Competition


Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in Canada, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the United Kingdom


Knowledge Synthesis Grants (KSG) 2018 International Competition


SSHRC in Canada, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the United Kingdom, have launched this dedicated Knowledge Synthesis Grants (KSG) competition to assess the state of research knowledge on Canada-UK trade relationships, in a post-Brexit context.

This dedicated KSG competition aims to foster international collaboration and support the synthesis of existing knowledge capable of identifying research strengths and gaps and contribute evidence for policy.

Synthesizing research knowledge on the diverse issues related to international trade between Canada and the UK will deepen understanding of how future trading relationships could maximize the benefits to both countries, and will help define potential areas in which both countries could play a vital leadership role.

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


This is an international competition and will only accept international, collaborative research projects. Proposed projects must involve a minimum of two researchers, one of whom is affiliated with an eligible postsecondary institution in Canada, the other with an institution in the UK.  In your application, identify one of these individuals as the project coordinator.  These institutions must be eligible to administer SSHRC and ESRC funding, respectively.

Funding Availability

Up to 20 grants may be awarded

Maximum Project Value

Up to C$30,000 in total per project (~£17,290.55, subject to the exchange rate of January 29, 2018).

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

KSGs are one-year grants. However, all synthesis reports must be completed within six months and submitted to SSHRC by November 2018, for discussion at a December 2018 forum.


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

Internal Deadline

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

External Deadline

PI to submit all application materials in .pdf format to SSHRC.

Email complete applications to  Applications submitted in whole or in part by other means will not be considered.

More information regarding this grant opportunity and how to apply please see the SSHRC website.

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

Rachel Conlon
Senior Program Officer
Office of the Associate Vice-President, Future Challenges

Manija Kamal
Senior Policy Manager for International Strategy
Research, Partnerships and International Directorate
+44 (0) 179 341 3084

Office of Research

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

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