Canadian Heritage is partnering with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to provide funding support through arms-length Connection Grants. These grants provide assistance to selected events and outreach activities for short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and engage on research issues related to online disinformation and other related 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

Connection Grants supporting events are valued at $7,000 to $25,000 over 1 year.

Connection Grants supporting outreach activities are valued at $7,000 to $50,000 over 1 year. The SSHRC is willing to consider amounts higher than $50,000, although such applications must justify the need for the higher amount, as well as provide evidence the entire award can be managed within the 1-year timeframe.

Applicants must request a minimum of $7,000.

Internal Contacts

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


Faculty Deadline Please contact your Research Facilitator
CORIS Deadline (Approval Form and Application) January 23, 2020
Submission to Sponsor February 1, 2020 by 8 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.

Useful Links

  • For further details about the SSHRC Connection Grants, click here