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Call for Applications! SSHRC Explore and Exchange Grants (April 2022)

Posted on: Mar 15, 2022

The Office of Research Services is pleased to announce the SSHRC Explore and Exchange Grants (April 2022) competition.

SSHRC Explore and Exchange Grants are intended to strengthen research excellence in the social sciences and humanities.

This funding opportunity is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), through its SSHRC Institutional Grants (SIG) program, and administered by Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE).

This is expected to be the last competition under the current institutional grant.


For the April 2022 call only:

  • SSHRC Explore Grants: $7000 (maximum)
  • SSHRC Exchange Grants: $1,500 (maximum)
  • Maximum (Combined): $7,000
SSHRC Explore Grants (Projects) SSHRC Exchange Grants (Dissemination)
Allow small-scale innovation and experimentation by providing funding to develop a research project or conduct pilot work Allow researchers to present their research at scholarly conferences and other dissemination venues that align with SSHRC’s mandate
Enable researchers to hire student research
Support the organization of small-scale activities, such as workshops and seminars
Support social sciences and humanities researchers at any stage of their careers

Deadline for Applications

April 30, 2022 at 11:59 pm. No extensions will be provided.

Effective Dates of the Awards

For this competition:

  • Explore Grants are valid until March 31, 2023, with no possibility of extension.
  • Exchange Grants are valid until five (5) days after the end of the funded activity, or until March 31, 2023, whichever is the shortest.

SSHRC Explore and Exchange Grants cannot be used to pay for expenses incurred outside of the effective dates of the awards.


SSHRC Explore and Exchange Grants are open to CUE faculty members conducting research in a SSHRC-eligible discipline. The Office of Research Services encourages all eligible candidates to apply.

Applicants can submit a maximum of one application to each stream.

Faculty members holding an active SSHRC Explore or Exchange Grant are ineligible for a grant of the same kind, but are eligible for a grant of the other stream. This includes faculty members who received extensions due to COVID-19 that extend beyond April 1, 2022.

Faculty members may only hold one award per stream in any twelve-month period.

How to Apply

Applications will only be received as a single PDF document via email. The ORS is working under limited service conditions and is unable to assist applicants in formatting applications to meet the guidelines.

For more information, please contact research@concordia.ab.ca

Subject Matter Eligibility

Applications must fall within the subject matter eligibility of SSHRC.  Briefly:

“Applications to SSHRC as the primary source of research or research training support must meet the following two criteria:

  • The proposed research or related activities must be primarily in the social sciences and humanities (i.e., aligned with SSHRC’s legislated mandate).
  • The intended outcome of the research must primarily be to add to our understanding and knowledge of individuals, groups, and societies—what we think, how we live, and how we interact with each other and the world around us.

Review Process

SSHRC Explore and Exchange Grant applications are adjudicated by CUE’s Research and Faculty Development Committee through a merit review process. Information on evaluation criteria and scoring is included in the guidelines (above).

Conceptual or Budgetary Overlap with Existing or Future Applications

Neither SSHRC nor CUE allow duplicate funding requests.

Therefore, applications with significant conceptual and/or budgetary overlap with existing or upcoming awards, internal or external, will not be accepted.

If you have applied for, or are considering applying for additional funds, internal or external, to support the research that you are submitting for consideration for the competition, you are required to disclose it to the Office of Research Services and include this information in the appropriate sections of the application form.

Failure to disclose may result in disciplinary action.

CV Requirements

The Office of Research Services only accepts Common CV-formatted documents with grant applications.

Please consult these resources to prepare a Common CV.


SSHRC-SIG Explore and Exchange Grants are sponsored by SSHRC through an institutional grant. CUE receives additional funding from the Tri-Agency via the Research Support Fund (RSF). For further information on the RSF, please visit this website.