SSHRC Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative

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SSHRC's Race, Gender and Diversity Initiatives are designed to support community-based and community-led research partnerships with postsecondary institutions that are grounded in the lived experience of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups and that analyze the causes and persistence of systemic racism and discrimination.

The ultimate purpose of this initiative is to support partnership research and related activities to meet the needs of organizations working toward removing barriers and disparities for women; First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples; Black, Asian and other racialized peoples; people living with disabilities (both visible and invisible); LGBTQ2+ people; religious minorities; and others marginalized on the basis of their ethnicity and other identity factors.

Grants offered under the Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative are valued at up to $80,000 annually for the first two years and up to $290,000 in the third year, for an overall total maximum of $450,000. A two-year automatic grant extension without additional funding is also available under this strategic initiative.

For more information about eligibility, the application process, and evaluation criteria, please visit SSHRC's program page.

Additional help is available for grant development and support relating to knowledge exchange and/or equity, diversity and inclusion. Contact Mariam Hayward for more details.
** New ** There are central matching funds available for select SSHRC programs through Western Research. For more information on matching from central sources, please contact your faculty's Associate Dean (Research) or faculty research officer.

 Application Process at Western

Date What is Required?
October 1, 2021 Internal NOI submission

November 1, 2021

Complete draft submitted via email to Mariam Hayward for review

November 8, 2021
By/before 5PM EST

Western ROLA Proposal + (draft) Application Deadline (Mandatory)
  • Each applicant must complete a ROLA Proposal with Chair and Dean approvals
  • Submit an application by email to, and/or submit the application in the SSHRC web-based forms
November 15, 2021
By/before 2PM EST
Applications must be ‘submitted’ in the SSHRC Web-based forms by/before 2PM EST to allow time Western to forward the application to SSHRC. 

The application is accessible via SSHRC’s Web-based Forms.

When you ‘Submit’ an application in the Web-based forms, it goes to Western Research. Following internal review and approvals, Western Research forwards the application to SSHRC before the sponsor deadline. Successful applicants will be notified approximately 8-9 weeks after submission of the application.

Co-Applicants, Collaborators and the Partner Organization must be ‘Invited” to the application. To provide enough time for these individuals to ‘Accept’ participation (and supply documents as applicable), please ensure that Invitations are sent well before the above deadlines.



For more information, or questions relating to the SSHRC Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative, please email Mariam Hayward, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager.