Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Partnership Development Grants (PDG)
In October, SSHRC will be hosting a series of webinars to provide information and answer questions about this funding opportunity.
For additional information, please log on the program’s website for Guidelines and related support material:
- For guidance on connecting with research users to create impact, see SSHRC’s definition of knowledge mobilization and Guidelines for Effective Knowledge Mobilization.
- Applicants should consult the Guidelines for Effective Research Training. These guidelines may also be useful to reviewers, postsecondary institutions and partner organizations.
- SSHRC, in alignment with its Indigenous Research Statement of Principles, welcomes applications involving Indigenous research. It also provides Guidelines for the Merit Review of Indigenous Research for grant applications.
- For descriptions of SSHRC terms, see Definitions of Terms.
- For FAQS on PDG and Partnership Grants
Applicants: Applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution at the time of application.
Co-applicants: May be individuals from any of the following:
- Canadian: Postsecondary institutions; not-for-profit organizations; philanthropic foundations; think tanks; and municipal, territorial or provincial governments.
- International: Postsecondary institutions.
Partner organizations: May be Canadian or international institutions or organizations (public, private, not-for-profit) of any type. Please see the definition of formal partnership.
Maximum Project Value
$75,000 to $200,000
There are no indirect costs on the funding provided by SSHRC, however, indirect costs may apply to the funding provided by partners.
One to three years
Quality and commitment of formal partnerships
Applicants will be expected to include relevant documentation to allow for an informed evaluation of the quality and level of commitment of the proposed formal partnerships.
Institutional and partner organization contributions
Applicants are expected to include a plan to seek and secure cash and/or in-kind support for their initiative during the life of the grant (one to three years). While there is no minimum contribution requirement, institutions and their partner organizations are expected to demonstrate that a formal partnership currently exists, or is in the process of being developed, by supporting the activities of the formal partnership through cash and/or in-kind contributions. For more information, please see the SSHRC Guidelines for Cash and In-Kind Contributions.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Approved applications will be submitted to SSHRC through the online system.
How to Apply
Applicants and partner organizations must complete the application form (available under Apply) and follow the accompanying instructions.
Applications must be submitted electronically by the Office of Research Services on behalf of the applicant for the University.