Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant may often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects potentially eligible for funding through other SSHRC funding opportunities.


Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities that facilitate:

  • disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary exchanges in the humanities and social sciences;
  • scholarly exchanges between those working in the social sciences and humanities and those working in other research fields;
  • intersectoral exchanges between academic researchers in the humanities and social sciences and researchers and practitioners from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and/or
  • international research collaboration and scholarly exchanges with researchers, students and non-academic partners from other countries.

Note that SSHRC is pleased to announce the renewal of the Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative. This initiative aims to continue helping the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community better understand data management, and incorporate data management considerations into research practices.

The initiative will fund at least 10 meritorious Connection Grants proposals per competition for the November 2019, February, May and August 2020 cycles, to support the research community’s development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field.

Applications to this initiative will be subject to the same evaluation criteria common to all other Connection Grants. However, applicants must show how their project addresses the initiative’s specific goals.


Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities — as defined on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grants web page — geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives.

In addition to adhering to SSHRC’s policies and regulations pertaining to the Connection Grants, the proposed projects must also address the broad objectives pertaining to the Joint Initiative as described above.

The Joint Initiative also requires that the proposals focus on 1 or more of the following specific areas:

  • Creators and propagators of (online) disinformation in a Canadian context.
  • Digital techniques used to spread (online) disinformation in a Canadian context.
  • Sectors of Canadian society more or less vulnerable to (online) disinformation, including how disinformation may specifically affect marginalized, minority and Indigenous communities.
  • Effects of exposure to information and (online) disinformation on Canadians’ individual beliefs behavior as well as overall mental health.
  • Different impacts of (online) disinformation in Canada, including on democratic institutions and elections.
  • Government responses to (online) disinformation.


  • Maximum duration: 1 year
  • Maximum amount: $7,000 – $25,000 for events, $50,000 for other outreach activities (higher amounts for outreach activities may be considered if well justified)

Internal Contacts

For proposal development/substantive review, please contact your Research Facilitator.


Faculty Deadline Please contact your Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Approval Form Deadline
  • January 25, 2021
  • April 24, 2021
  • July 25, 2021
  • October 26, 2021
Submission to Sponsor
  • February 1, 2021, 8:00 PM (ET)
  • May 1, 2021, 8:00 PM (ET)
  • August 1, 2021, 8:00 PM (ET)
  • November 1, 2021, 8:00 PM (ET)

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
    For a user’s guide on submitting an Approval Form, click here.
  • Step 2) Submit an external application to the granting agency
    Submit an external application to the corresponding grant or award agency. For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines for this opportunity, click here.

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