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Research Grant – SSHRC Explore Grants (SIG) – call for applications April 2020

Posted on: Mar 2, 2020

The Office of Research Services is pleased to announce the SSHRC Explore Grants April 2020 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.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SIG-Exchange stream is suspended until further notice.

The ORS is working under limited service conditions and is unable to assist applicants in formatting applications to meet the guidelines.

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 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.

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. Suspended until further notice
Enables researchers to hire student research assistants.
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. Eligibility may be extended to adjunct members, subject to request and approval. 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. Faculty members may only hold one award per stream in any 12 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.

Deadline for Application Submissions

April 30th, 2020 at midnight. No extensions will be provided.

Value and Duration

NEW. Due to deadline restrictions, Explore Grants are valid until March 31st, 2021, with no possibility of extension. Exchange Grants are valid until 5 days after the end of the funded activity, or until March 31st, 2021, whichever is the shortest.

  • SSHRC Explore Grants: 3 awards of a maximum of $4000 CDN each.
  • SSHRC Exchange Grants: suspended until further notice.

Effective Dates of the Award

April 30th, 2020 to March 31st, 2021

SIG awards are not retroactive and cannot be used to pay for expenses incurred beyond the effective dates of the award.

Guidelines & Application Forms

Guidelines and Application Forms can be downloaded here. Applications will only be received in electronic format via email. For more information, please contact research@concordia.ab.ca