SSHRC Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative 2021


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)


Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative


Following the release of the Tri-Agency research data management policy in March 2021, SSHRC has announced the extension of the Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative. This initiative aims to continue helping the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community better understand data management, and incorporate data management considerations into research practices.

Research data management supports the effective and responsible conduct of research, and increases the ability to store, find and reuse research data. A strong culture of data management will serve Canadian research excellence and support the development of social sciences and humanities insights. It will also benefit Canadian researchers working in international partnerships and collaborations as funders around the globe implement and strengthen data management requirements.

The initiative will fund at least 10 meritorious Connection Grants proposals per competition for the November 2021, February, May and August 2022 cycles, to support the research community’s development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field.

Applications to this initiative will be subject to the same evaluation criteria common to all other Connection Grants. However, applicants must show how their project addresses the initiative’s specific goals.

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.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the Connection Grants application form and follow the accompanying instructions, as outlined in the Connection Grants Research Alert.

SSHRC will accept applications for the Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative for any one of the following deadlines:

  • November 1, 2021
  • February 1, 2022
  • May 1, 2022
  • August 1, 2022

In their application form, initiative applicants must:

  • select the “Data Management” option;
  • under Keywords, include “Data Management;”
  • under Expected outcomes, detail the potential benefits and/or outcomes of the proposed event or outreach activity as they relate to data management; and
  • under Description of connection project, demonstrate how the proposed event or outreach activity will support the initiative’s objectives, listed in Evaluation and adjudication below.
For Questions, please contact

For more information, contact SSHRC:

Tel.: 613-943-1007

Office of Research

Kristin Gibson, Awards and Agreements Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x56257

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