Mobilizing Knowledge: SSHRC's Connection Grant

Thu. Mar. 19, 2015

SSHRC’s Connection Grant supports events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. Receiving a Connection Grant can serve as a stepping stone to other larger funding opportunities. Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes and other events or outreach activities. Duration is a year following notice of award. The next application deadline is May 1, 2015.

Funding Available:

  • The minimum request is $7,000
  • For events, the maximum value is $25,000
  • For outreach activities, up to $50,000, possibly more if justified

The applicant is required to raise an additional 50% of the amount they are requesting from SSHRC, as cash and/or from in-kind contributions.

The objectives of the Connection program are to:

  • facilitate the multidirectional flow of social sciences and humanities knowledge among researchers and between the campus and the larger community, in order to enhance intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit, and impact;
  • increase the accessibility and use of social sciences and humanities research knowledge among academic and non-academic audiences;
  • support the building of reciprocal relationships among social sciences and humanities researchers, and between social sciences and humanities researchers and those in a position to either co-create or use research knowledge;
  • support the development of social sciences and humanities research networks and tools designed to facilitate scholarly work; and
  • make such networks and tools more accessible to non-academic audiences.


Events can be in person or involve the use of digital systems (e.g. Skype). Common types of events are workshops and conferences.

Outreach Activities: These can be quite varied involving knowledge synthesis, transfer, or networking, for instance.

Participants or audiences can include these categories and others: academic researchers, non-academic researchers, policy-makers, professional practitioners, representatives from organizations in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors, and students.

Evaluation Criteria and Scoring

  1. Challenge—The aim and importance of the endeavour (40%)
  2. Feasibility—The plan to achieve excellence (30%)
  3. Capability—The expertise to succeed (30%)

Applicants are encouraged to select a project that fits with SSHRC’s Six Priority Areas, yet this is not a requirement.