SSHRC Partnership Programs

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SSHRC‑funded partnerships offer innovative ways for researchers, their colleagues, and partner organizations to tackle a wide range of challenges, both past and present. There are many benefits through partnerships, whether you are looking to connect and work with researchers from various academic fields, or you are seeking to network and collaborate with business or community partners. The funding opportunities available within SSHRC's suite of Partnership Programs provide support for partnerships of varying scope and complexity. The programs range from small 1:1 partnerships, to larger and more complex partnerships.

Partnership funding suite of opportunties

visit the individual program pages for more details:

Partnership Engage

Value: $7,000 to $25,000
Duration: One year
Key features:

  • Formal partnership with one partner from the public, private, or not-for-profit sector
  • One-stage adjudication

Partnership Development

Value: $75,000 to $200,000
Duration: One to three years
Key features:

  • Formal partnership with one or more partners
  • One-stage adjudication

Partnership Grants

Value: $500,000 to $2.5M
Duration: Four to seven years
Key features:

  • Formal partnership with one or more partners
  • Two-stage adjudication (second stage by invitation)
  • Stage 2 program page
Partnerships supported by these opportunities can be new or existing, but must involve the creation of a formal partnership. SSHRC defines a formal partnership as:
  • A bilateral or multilateral formal collaboration agreement between an applicant and one or more partner organizations, of which at least one must be a Canadian postsecondary institution and at least one must be different from the institution or organization that will administer the grant funds;
  • Partnerships may be between academic institutions, or between one or more academic institutions and one or more non-academic partner organizations. Partner organizations agree and commit to work collaboratively to achieve shared goals for mutual benefit. Partners must provide evidence attesting to the commitment that has been agreed upon (usually in the form of a letter of support or collaboration agreement); and
  • A formal partnership is typically grounded in trust and mutual respect, with partner organizations contributing in a meaningful way to the success of the endeavour. This may include, for example, sharing in intellectual leadership or providing expertise. The partner organization is also expected to provide cash and/or in-kind contributions.

SSHRC Partnership Programs Resources:


For more information, please contact Elizabeth Russell-Minda, Research Development Officer.