SSHRC: Sport Participation Research Initiative (SPRI)


Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Sports Canada


The joint Sport Participation Research Initiative (SPRI) supports the goals of the Canadian Sport Policy by funding selected doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and postsecondary institution-affiliated researchers to conduct research on matters related to enhancing participation in sport—and to the outcomes thereof—in Canada.

The initiative offers three separate funding mechanisms (SSHRC Insight Grants, PostDoctoral Fellowships) to support research on participation in sport in Canada.

Note that the initiative is designed to complement, not replace, existing SSHRC support for sport participation research offered through the Insight program.


The SPRI has two broad objectives:

  1. to promote Canadian research that will develop better understanding, based on empirical evidence, of Canadians' participation in sport, in order to better inform programs and policies; and
  2. to build Canada's capacity to conduct research on and related to participation in sport, specifically in the target areas described below.

To help achieve these objectives, all SPRI grant and award holders are expected to participate in an annual Sport Canada Research Initiative conference as a condition of holding their grant or award.


Emerging and Established Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows and research teams affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution who are working in Canada in one or more of the target areas of interest.

Read eligibility guidelines

Funding Availability

SPRI Research Grants are available for Insight Grant applications and are worth up to a maximum of $100,000 annually, but not totalling more than $400,000 in a three to five year period. Sport Canada considers for funding applications that propose programs of research relevant to its policy priorities and that SSHRC adjudication committees have recommended for funding, but that, due to budgetary constraints, do not receive an Insight Grant.

SPRI Postdoctoral Fellowship Supplements are tenable for 12 months and are worth $10,000, in addition to the annual value of the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. Only applications that are recommended for funding at SSHRC are referred to Sport Canada. Postdoctoral researchers who already hold a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship are ineligible to apply for this supplement.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Insight Grants: 3 - 5 years

Postdoctoral Fellowship Supplements: 12 months


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

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit copy of Insight Grant and OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Insight Grant applications will be submitted electronically by the Office of Research Services

For more information on this initiative, please see the SSHRC Sport Participation Research Initiative website.

External Deadline

Applicant to submit Postdoctoral Fellowship application directly ot SSHRC.

For more information on this initiative, please see the SSHRC Sport Participation Research Initiative website.

For Questions, please contact

Chantal Meda, Senior Program Officer
Research Grants and Partnerships Division, SSHRC
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON  K1P 6G4
Tel.: 613-947-2094
Fax: 613-992-7635

Joanne Kay, Senior Research and Policy Analyst
Policy and Planning, Sport Canada
15 Eddy Street, 16th Floor
Gatineau, QC K1A 0M5
Tel.: 613-294-3036
Fax: 514-939-1918

Office of Research

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

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