SSHRC Special Call: Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants


Funded by the Tri-Agencies (SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR); Administered by SSHRC


Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants

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Special Call: Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation - Connection Grants


Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants support interdisciplinary events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives to contribute to the CRCC-prioritized national dialogue. These events and activities represent opportunities to engage and exchange knowledge on successful ways of conducting Indigenous research that are transformative and contribute to reconciliation, including holistic, interdisciplinary and distinctions-based approaches.

This call for proposals affirms the important, holistic and interdisciplinary contributions to human knowledge that Indigenous knowledge systems make. Furthermore, the call respects Indigenous knowledge systems, including ontologies, epistemologies and methodologies, as important avenues for exploring the contours of Indigenous knowledge, supporting Indigenous research paradigms, contributing to interdisciplinary collaboration and extending the boundaries of knowledge in western research paradigms. As such, applicants are encouraged to submit projects that are holistic and interdisciplinary, and that reflect the full range of collaboration across disciplines and subject areas pertaining to the social sciences and humanities; natural sciences and engineering; and health and wellness.

The participation of Indigenous Elders and Indigenous knowledge-holders and recognition of their contributions and the observance of knowledge-specific protocols is encouraged.

This funding will support community gatherings, workshops, or other events or outreach activities that will mobilize existing knowledge, facilitate dialogue and knowledge sharing, and result in the preparation of a position paper. The position papers will be shared at a national dialogue event scheduled for March 2019 to develop, in partnership with Indigenous communities, a strategic plan for an interdisciplinary Indigenous research and research training model that contributes to reconciliation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit.


This special call for proposals invites applications from applicants affiliated with First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations, as well as from other not-for-profit organizations or Canadian postsecondary institutions in any discipline that may inform and contribute to the development of a strategic plan. 

Subject matter

  • Proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR funding outlined in the Strategic themes for interdisciplinary events and outreach activities.


  • Researchers, project directors or the equivalent at eligible Canadian institutions (Indigenous not-for-profit organizations, other not-for-profit organizations and postsecondary institutions) are eligible to apply for grants, in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métiscommunities.
  • Applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution that holds or has applied for institutional eligibility by the time of application. 
  • Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to be applicants if, at the time of application, they have formally established an affiliation with an organization that meets institutional eligibility requirements, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.
  • Note: Applicants who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit an end of grant 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.
  • Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian postsecondary institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution, are not eligible for applicant status.

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
  • ​Postdoctoral researchers who are affiliated with an eligible institution.


  • Any individual who may make a significant contribution to the project is eligible to be a collaborator. Collaborators do not need to be affiliated with an eligible institution.
  • Individuals from the private sector or federal government may participate only as collaborators.

Indigenous Elders

  • Indigenous Elders are recognized and respected in terms of their contribution of knowledge assets to the project and may participate as co-applicants or collaborators depending on their institution or organization affiliation.

Partner organizations

  • Canadian or international organizations from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sector may be involved as a partner organization. Partner organizations are expected to support the activities of the partnership.

Funding Availability

At least 50 grants are available and a minimum of 51 per cent of those grants are reserved for Indigenous not-for-profit organizations, depending on the volume of applications received from these organizations.

Maximum Project Value

Up to $50,000

Project Duration

Six months; extension of six months is available upon request


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

Internal Deadline

Researcher to submit full copy of proposal, along with signed OR-5, to a minimum of one week prior to the deadline set by the sponsor. 

External Deadline

Applications will emailed as a .pdf file attachment by the Office of Research from the applicant’s institution by the deadline set by the sponsor. 

How to Apply

The following format must be used:

  • 8 1/2" x 11" (21.5 cm x 28 cm) paper size;
  • single-spaced;
  • body text in a minimum 12 pt Times New Roman font;
  • all margins set at a minimum of 3/4" (1.87 cm);
  • name of the applicant appears within the set margins at the top right corner of every page; and
  • all pages numbered consecutively and indicating the total number of pages in the application (e.g., 1 of 14 or 1/14 … 14/14), excluding any separate curriculum vitae attachments.

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

Applications must include the following sections, each starting on a new page and presented in this order:

  1. A half-page summary of the proposal, written in clear, non-technical language (by submitting an application, applicants consent, should they be awarded an Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grant, to the use of this summary for promotional purposes outside the research community, to inform politicians, the media and members of the public who request information about research funded by the federal research granting agencies);
  2. A proposal (maximum four pages, not including references, if applicable) containing:
    • a descriptive title (maximum 255 characters);
    • key words to describe the proposal;
    • the themes(s) under which the proposal falls;
    • a description of the holistic and interdisciplinary event or outreach activity, including the significance and expected contributions to strengthening Indigenous research capacity;
    • a work plan, including timelines, and a description of the proposed approach; and
    • the applicant’s signature;
  3. An itemized budget (maximum two pages), including justification of proposed expenditures (see Budget);
  4. A list of participants (the applicant, co-applicant and collaborators), including:
    • full name (family name, given name) and role (applicant, co-applicant or collaborator);
    • correspondence language (English or French);
    • full organization name and address;
    • current position at organization, primary phone number and email address;
    • department and start date (if applicable); and
    • experience / research expertise—keywords (if applicable);
  5. An overview (maximum four pages total) of applicants, co-applicants and collaborators and their respective relevant experience and research contributions, if applicable, highlighting individual capabilities, strengths and experience related to the themes of the event or outreach activity and relationships with Indigenous communities;
  6. A separate page containing the applicant’s signature and the signature of an authorized signatory from the applicant’s institution or organization, certifying that the institution or organization will administer any award in accordance with SSHRC policies; and
  7. A signed Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information for each applicant and co-applicant.

In addition, applicants and co-applicants have the option of submitting a separate .pdf file attachment of their curriculum vitae.

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

Lina Crompton, Program Officer, SSHRC
Research Grants and Partnerships Division
Tel.: 613-943-1423

Office of Research

Amy Bossaer, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x58613

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