Canadian Heritage is partnering with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to provide research grants and research training supplements through three arms-length funding opportunities: SSHRC Insight Grants, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, and SSHRC Doctoral Awards This funding provides assistance to selected postsecondary institution-affiliated researchers, postdoctoral scholars and students to conduct research related to online disinformation and other online harms as well as their impact in the Canadian context.

The Joint Initiative has 3 broad objectives:

  • to promote Canadian research that will develop better understanding — based on empirical evidence — of the impacts of online disinformation in Canada in order to better inform programs and policies;
  • to build Canada’s capacity to conduct research on and related to countering online disinformation and other related online harms, specifically in the target areas described below; and
  • to help foster a community of research in the digital citizenship and online disinformation space in Canada.


Initiative for Digital Citizen Research grants and supplements are open to students, postdoctoral scholars, individual researchers and research teams affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution that SSHRC considers to be eligible to administer funds awarded through its funding opportunities.

Funding Available

  • IDCR Research Grants valued at up to $250,000 over 3 years
  • IDCR Research Grant supplements of $20,000 over one year

Useful Links

  • For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here
  • For further details about the SSHRC Insight Grants, click here


Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Approval Form Insight Grants – Oct 7, 2019
Submission to Sponsor Insight Grants – Oct 15, 2019

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.

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