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Research Grant – SSHRC Explore and Exchange Grants (SIG) – call for applications April 2021

Posted on: Mar 16, 2021

The Office of Research Services is pleased to announce the SSHRC Explore and Exchange Grants April 2021 competition. This is expected to be the last competition for the current funding. CUE will seek to renew this award in the future, when available.


Great news! SSHRC Exchange Grants are back!

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SIG-Exchange stream was suspended in 2020. We have relaunched this stream for online activities only. Travel and associated costs remain ineligible.


Important changes to CV requirements

Since November 18th, 2020, CUE Research no longer accepts CAQC-format or free-form CV for applications for internal grants and other awards. CUE Research will now only accept Common CV-formatted documents as part of an application.

Please consult these resources to prepare a Common CV. We have also prepared instructional videos on this new requirement, which you can download from Alfresco. You can download directions on how to generate the required version of the Common CV here.

CUE Research schedules training workshops for the Common CV. Keep an eye on Inside CUE for future workshops.


Information about SSHRC Explore and Exchange Grant funding

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

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

Successful applicants in the Explore stream are expected to apply for SSHRC funding under the Insight or Insight Development program in the near future.

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

SSHRC Explore Grants (Projects) SSHRC Exchange Grants (Dissemination)
Allows small-scale innovation and experimentation by providing funding to develop a research project or conduct pilot work. Now available, for online activities only
Enables researchers to hire student research assistants.
Supports social sciences and humanities researchers at any stage of their careers.

Deadline for Application Submissions

April 30th, 2021 at 11:59 pm. No extensions will be provided.

Value and Duration

NEW. Due to restrictions in effective dates of the funding source, Explore Grants are valid until March 31st, 2022, with no possibility of extension. Exchange Grants are valid until 5 days after the end of the funded activity, or until March 31st, 2022, whichever is the shortest.

  • SSHRC Explore Grants: maximum of $4000 each.
  • SSHRC Exchange Grants: maximum of $1,500 each.
  • Maximum combined for both is $5,000.

Effective Dates of the Award

April 30th, 2021 to March 31st, 2022. SIG awards are not retroactive and cannot be used to pay for expenses incurred beyond the effective dates of the award.


Open to Concordia University of Edmonton faculty members conducting research in a discipline supported by SSHRC. We encourage all eligible candidates to apply to this internal award. Applicants can only submit a maximum of one application to each stream.

Faculty Members currently holding an active SSHRC Institutional Grant are ineligible for a grant of the same kind, but are eligible for an additional grant of the other stream. This includes those who received extensions due to COVID-19 that extend beyond April 1st, 2021. Faculty members may only hold one award per stream in any 12 month period.

How to Apply

Applications will only be received as a single PDF document via email. For guidance on how to combine files into a single PDF document, CUE Research recommends the use of the combine feature of Adobe Acrobat (if available), or printing-scanning documents into a single PDF. There are additional options available elsewhere. 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

Adjudication of SSHRC Explore and Exchange Grants is achieved internally by the Research and Faculty Development Committee through a merit review process. Information on Evaluation Criteria and Scoring is included in the Guidelines.

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.

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 our website.