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SSHRC Institutional Grants (SIG)

In 2018, CUE successfully obtained funding from SSHRC to provide two grant streams: Explore and Exchange. SIG Explore Grants are meant to assist CUE faculty members in the preparation of an application to SSHRC’s funding streams. SIG Exchange Grants are for dissemination activities.

These awards are adjudicated internally, but funding is provided directly by SSHRC. We will hold competitions for these grants until the funding is exhausted, by March 2022, and will seek additional funding if SSHRC continues to support this program.

This opportunity is directly funded 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 within two years.

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.Allows researchers to present their research at scholarly conferences and other dissemination venues that align with SSHRC’s mandate to advance their careers and encourage the exchange of ideas and research results at the national and international level.
Enables researchers to hire student research assistants.Supports the organization of small-scale knowledge mobilization activities, such as workshops and seminars, to encourage collaboration and dissemination of research results within and beyond the academy.
Supports social sciences and humanities researchers at any stage of their careers.


Open to full-time regular 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 for each stream.

Faculty Members currently holding a SSHRC Institutional Grant are ineligible for a grant of the same kind, but are eligible for an additional grant of the other stream. For example, an awardee of a SIG Grant under the Explore Stream is eligible for a grant of the Exchange Stream, and vice versa. Faculty members may only hold one award per stream in any twelve-month period.

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.

Important dates

CompetitionApplication Deadline
(at midnight)
Effective Dates for Awards
Spring 2019April 30, 2019April 30, 2019 to April 29, 2020
Fall 2019September 30, 2019Sept 30, 2019 to Sept 29, 2020
Spring 2020
(SIG-Explore only)
April 30, 2020
(SIG-Explore only).
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the
SIG-EXCHANGE stream was put on hold for this competition
April 30, 2020 to March 31, 2021
Spring 2021April 30, 2021
SSHRC Exchange grants only available for online activities
April 30, 2021 to March 31, 2022
Fall 2021September 30, 2021
SSHRC Exchange grants only available for online activities
September 30, 2021 to September 29, 2022
Spring 2022April 30, 2022April 30, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Value and Duration (per call)

  • SSHRC Explore Grants: 3 awards of a maximum of $4000 CDN each.
  • SSHRC Exchange Grants: 2 awards of a maximum $1500 CDN each.

Explore Grants are valid for a maximum of 12 months. Exchange Grants are valid until 5 days after the end of the funded activity, or 12 months, whichever is the shortest. SIG awards are not retroactive and cannot be used to pay for expenses incurred beyond the effective dates of the award.

Guidelines, Application and Report Forms

Applications will only be received in electronic format via email. For more information, please contact research@concordia.ab.ca.