SSHRC-PHAC Joint Initiative: Advancing Socio-Economic Research for Evidence-Informed Public Health Decision-Making


SSHRC in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada


This joint initiative is a partnership between the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to support research opportunities entitled “Advancing Socio-Economic Research for Evidence-Informed Public Health Decision-Making." The overall goal of this joint initiative is to identify and advance socio-economic research for evidence-informed public health decision-making on selected public health priority topics in Canada.

The objectives of the joint initiative include:

  • Supporting evidence-informed public health policy making;
  • Addressing horizontal public health policy needs;
  • Broadening the understanding of socio-economic impacts of public health interventions;
  • Examining issues related to data sources, gaps and potential remedial strategies.

For more information about this funding opportunity, including application instructions, please visit the PHAC website.


Most SSHRC funding is awarded through open competitions. Proposals can involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding. See the guidelines on subject matter eligibility for more information.

The Joint Initiative aims to fund up to 12 research projects under the 6 broad categories. Researchers with prior or current interest and experience in these areas are encouraged to apply.

Projects whose primary objective is curriculum development, preparation of teaching materials, program evaluation, organization of a conference or workshop, digitization of a collection or creation of a database are not eligible for funding under this funding opportunity.

Funding Availability

The Partnership Engage Grants funded through this joint initiative will be valued at $7000 to $25,000 for 1 year, and PHAC aims to fund up to 12 grants.

Maximum Project Value

$25,000.00 for one year

Indirect Costs



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

Internal Deadline

PI to submit a signed OR-5 form along with a copy of the full application to:

Please select 'submit' on the SSHRC Portal on or before the internal deadline.

External Deadline

Application will be submitted to SSHRC electronically by the Research Services Office through the SSHRC Portal.

How to Apply

Applicants must use the title of the joint initiative to identify their application: "Advancing Socio-Economic Research for Evidence-Informed Public Health Decision-Making."

Applicants must also add the title of the joint initiative (“Advancing Socio-Economic Research for Evidence-Informed Public Health Decision-Making") as a keyword in the application.

Applicants must complete the SSHRC application form in accordance with accompanying instructions. Applications must be submitted electronically by an authorized research grants officer, or equivalent, from the applicant’s institution (see internal deadline above).

Applicants needing help while preparing their application should communicate with SSHRC well in advance of the application deadline.

For Questions, please contact

For more information:

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Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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