Research data management supports the effective and responsible conduct of research, and increases the ability to store, find and reuse research data. A strong culture of data management will serve Canadian research excellence and support the development of social sciences and humanities insights. It will also benefit Canadian researchers working in international partnerships and collaborations as funders around the globe implement and strengthen data management requirements.


Institutional Connection Grant applications must be submitted by an eligible Canadian institution to conduct an event or outreach activity, or series thereof, in order to attain strategic objectives relevant to the institution’s mission and mandate. The project director must be affiliated with the host institution (the applicant), prepares the application on behalf of the host institution and is responsible for the overall leadership of the project. The term “institution” from hereon in this description refers to both postsecondary institutions and not for profit organizations.

Individual Connection Grant applicants (except postdoctoral researchers) must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution at the time of application to conduct an event or outreach activity, or series thereof, that primarily falls within the applicants’ domain of expertise and that will, ultimately, allow them to make a significant contribution to their field of research. In the case of a team approach, all team members must meet the eligibility criteria specific to their role.

See Institutions below for more information on institutional eligibility requirements and processes for Connection Grants.

Applicants or project directors who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit an end of grant report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award are not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report.

Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian postsecondary institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution, are not eligible for applicant or project director status.

Funding Available

Events: $7,000 to $25,000

Outreach Activities: $7,000 to $50,000

Useful Links

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


Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
OVPRI Approval Form Deadline  Connection Grant – July 25, 2020
Submission to Sponsor  Connection Grant – August 1, 2020 8 pm EST

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.