SSHRC Partnership Grants - Stage 2

The Partnership Grant Program is a two-stage application process. Those invited to submit a Stage 2 Partnership Grant application will have submitted a successful Stage 1 application. Information provided here offers a general overview of SSHRC’s Partnership Program. Please contact Research Development for more information.

Value & Duration

Value & Duration
  • Stage 2: Formal Application (by invitation)
  •  Maximum $500,000 per year, up to $2.5 million in total
  • 4-7 years
Sponsor Deadline
  • October 29, 2022
  • If a deadline falls on a weekend or on a public holiday observed in Ontario, where SSHRC’s offices are located, the online application system will remain open until 8 p.m. (eastern) on the next business day.

Program Overview

Partnerships must advance research and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, as well as through resources, as evidenced by cash and/or in-kind contributions. Partner organizations may be Canadian or international institutions or organizations (public, private, not‑for‑profit) of any type. Proposals must meet the objectives outlined in one of the following programs, or may include a combination of the two programs:

Insight Connection
  • To build knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world by supporting research excellence in all subject areas eligible for funding from SSHRC.
  • To realize the potential of social sciences and humanities research for intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact on and beyond the campus by supporting specific activities and tools that facilitate the multidirectional flow of research knowledge.

Application Process

  • The application (by invitation) is completed on SSHRC’s website (Web CV, application and instructions are located here). The application consists of online forms and text documents that are uploaded to the application in the system.
  • Partners and participants (co-applicants and collaborators) must create a SSHRC User ID in order to accept the online invitation that will be generated when they are added to the proposal.  This includes the creation of a SSHRC CV in most cases. It is important to advise your partners and participants of these requirements, particularly those who are unfamiliar with SSHRC and its online application system. Please plan enough time in advance to complete these activities.
  • Western lead applicants, and co-applicants on another institution's application (inter-institutional applicants), must complete a ROLA proposal online.

Specific Requirements

  • Applicants are encouraged to present a compelling proposal that explains the need for a partnership approach for the proposed project. Details of the partnership are to be included in a formal partnership document. This document can be created in a variety of formats and a Research Development Officer (RDO) can advise PIs on this requirement. Applicants must include a robust plan for knowledge dissemination and mobilization to all current and potential stakeholders.
  • By the mid-term of a Partnership Grant, teams must have secured 35% in matching cash and/or in-kind contributions to the total amount funded by SSHRC.
  • Co-applicants and participants can be from all sectors:  academic, government, community-based organizations, industry, domestic and international.
  • Partners must provide a letter of support that explains their interest and role in the project and any commitments of cash or in-kind support they are offering (if applicable).
  • A well-developed plan for training students is essential.
  • The proposal must present a governing structure for managing the project and its various activities.

Important Dates

Specific deadlines to be announced in future communications from Western Research.

  • Submit initial proposal drafts for review and feedback from RDO.
October 14, 2022
  • Submit final proposal draft for RDO review and feedback.
  • Submit draft letters of support for institutional approval. This includes lead applicants from Western and inter-institutional co-applicants from Western on another institution's application. Department, Faculty, and institutional commitments (cash or in-kind contributions) must be documented in your letter of support from Western.
  • If a Western Department or Faculty is making commitments (cash or in-kind) to the proposal (as outlined in letters of support), please provide confirmation in writing by the person authorizing those commitments. The confirmation can be sent by email, letter, or other formal documentation.
October 21, 2022
  • Complete and submit your ROLA proposal. Applications should to be submitted through ROLA in order to obtain departmental (or Faculty) approval. These approvals should be completed prior to the internal deadline.
  • Submit your final application via SSHRC’s online system. Western Research will forward the application to SSHRC by the sponsor deadline after performing administrative review.
October 29, 2022
  • Sponsor deadline Electronic submission of application to SSHRC by Western Research.*Note SSHRC's next business day rule if deadline falls on weekends or holidays

A Western Research RDO will complete an administrative review of the application to confirm eligibility of the Western applicant and any Western co-applicants. In addition, we will review your application to confirm all cash/in- kind contributions. Once complete, we will submit your application to SSHRC.

Support & Resources

For Western internal invited applicants, Western Research provides services and supports to strengthen proposals as they are developed, including editorial review and written feedback. A RDO works with applicants to identify the support required, and develop a suitable timeline in order to provide those services. Please contact Elizabeth Russell-Minda, Research Development Officer for program support.


Sample Documents

Additional Resources


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