Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants support interdisciplinary events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives to contribute to the CRCC-prioritized national dialogue. These events and activities represent opportunities to engage and exchange knowledge on successful ways of conducting Indigenous research that are transformative and contribute to reconciliation, including holistic, interdisciplinary and distinctions-based approaches.


This call for proposals affirms the important, holistic and interdisciplinary contributions to human knowledge that Indigenous knowledge systems make. Furthermore, the call respects Indigenous knowledge systems, including ontologies, epistemologies and methodologies, as important avenues for exploring the contours of Indigenous knowledge, supporting Indigenous research paradigms, contributing to interdisciplinary collaboration and extending the boundaries of knowledge in western research paradigms. As such, applicants are encouraged to submit projects that are holistic and interdisciplinary, and that reflect the full range of collaboration across disciplines and subject areas pertaining to the social sciences and humanities; natural sciences and engineering; and health and wellness.

The participation of Indigenous Elders and Indigenous knowledge-holders and recognition of their contributions and the observance of knowledge-specific protocols is encouraged.

This funding will support community gatherings, workshops, or other events or outreach activities that will mobilize existing knowledge, facilitate dialogue and knowledge sharing, and result in the preparation of a position paper. The position papers will be shared at a national dialogue event scheduled for March 2019 to develop, in partnership with Indigenous communities, a strategic plan for an interdisciplinary Indigenous research and research training model that contributes to reconciliation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Note: The leadership and governance of proposed projects must involve the participation of First Nations, Métis or Inuit communities.


Subject matter

Proposals may involve any disciplines, thematic areas, approaches or subject areas eligible for SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR funding outlined above in Strategic themes for interdisciplinary events and outreach activities.


Researchers, project directors or the equivalent at eligible Canadian institutions (Indigenous not-for-profit organizations, other not-for-profit organizations and postsecondary institutions) are eligible to apply for grants, in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

Applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution that holds or has applied for institutional eligibility by the time of application. See Institutions below for more information on the institutional eligibility requirements and processes for Connection Grants.

Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to be applicants if, at the time of application, they have formally established an affiliation with an organization that meets institutional eligibility requirements, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.


  • Applicants 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 status.


Co-applicants may be individuals from any of the following:

  • Canadian postsecondary institutions; not-for-profit organizations; philanthropic foundations; think tanks; and municipal, territorial or provincial governments; and
  • Postdoctoral researchers who are affiliated with an eligible institution.


Any individual who may make a significant contribution to the project is eligible to be a collaborator. Collaborators do not need to be affiliated with an eligible institution.

Individuals from the private sector or federal government may participate only as collaborators.

Indigenous Elders

Indigenous Elders are recognized and respected in terms of their contribution of knowledge assets to the project and may participate as co-applicants or collaborators depending on their institution or organization affiliation.

Partner organizations

Canadian or international organizations from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sector may be involved as a partner organization. Partner organizations are expected to support the activities of the partnership.


Only an eligible Canadian institution can administer grant funds. Institutions proposing to administer a grant awarded under this funding opportunity must hold or obtain institutional eligibility. Please see the list of SSHRC eligible institutions.

Indigenous not-for-profit organizations wanting to administer the grant funds for this Connection Grant should apply for institutional eligibility. For this call only, SSHRC highly recommends that such applicants begin the institutional eligibility application process as soon as possible so that SSHRC can expedite the application.

Other not-for-profit organizations that require institutional eligibility must begin the institutional eligibility application process at least five business days prior to the grant application deadline.

Institutions may email to begin the institutional eligibility application process, or if they have questions about institutional eligibility.

Funding Available

Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants are valued at up to $50,000 for six months, with the possibility of a six-month extension. At least 50 grants are available and a minimum of 51 per cent of those grants are reserved for Indigenous not-for-profit organizations, depending on the volume of applications received from these organizations.

These grants support outreach events and activities that should be organized during the grant’s six-month duration including the submission of a position paper by February 2019. An extension of six months for the use of funds is available upon request to share and finalize engagement reporting from the national dialogue with communities.

Applicants that are awarded an Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grant give their consent to SSHRC sharing their position paper with other interested organizations and individuals as well as integrating aspects of it into a national strategic plan.

Useful Links

  • For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines, click here.
  • Application Process


CORIS Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Checklist August 30, 2018
Submission to Sponsor September 6, 2018, 8 PM ET

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.