SSHRC Updates | Office of Research Services e-bulletin, Vol. 6, No. 10


NEW information regarding SSHRC’s  programs for the 2014 competitions.

  • Future challenge areas have been integrated into SSHRC’s website, including through a new Future Challenge Areaslanding page, and a new section appearing in the Talent, Insight and Connection program and funding opportunities descriptions.
  • Priority areas are no longer described in program literature, and the related statements of alignment are no longer included in application forms.  SSHRC will continue to track and report on funding in these areas as part of its overall budget.
  • The definitions for aboriginal research, research administrator, eligible institution, emerging scholars, partner organization, and industry partner organization have been added or updated.  Please consult the definition of terms section of the website to view the current definitions.
  • Applicants can now select aboriginal research in the application forms, similar to the research-creation approach. Please consult the President’s desk page for more information on aboriginal research.
  • Applicants from ineligible institutions must now initiate the institutional eligibility process five (5) (instead of the previous two) business days before the application deadline.
  • The policy on Appeals of Decisions Based on Merit Review has been updated to provide further clarification regarding the grounds for appeal as well as the appeals’ process.
  • The Guidelines for Support of Tools for Research and Related Activities have been updated to reflect a new upper limit for requests associated to Partnership Grants and the Guidelines for Cash and In-Kind Contributions have been updated to provide clarification.
  • SSHRC’s new Guidelines for Effective Research Training present a common definition of effective research training across all SSHRC funding opportunities.

All SSHRC funding applicants proposing training plans and budgets are encouraged to use the guidelines as a tool to help identify the elements of effective research training. Funding applicants should include in their proposals the dimensions of research training that are the most relevant to their research projects and that can be of most benefit to all parties involved. External reviewers and committee members are also encouraged to use the guidelines to assist in gauging the quality of research training activities proposed in SSHRC applications.

Any questions with regards to the guidelines can be addressed to:


1. NEW Connection Grants, SSHRC is implementing changes to enhance the delivery of this funding opportunity.  The main changes are summarized below:

In order to improve the transparency of the adjudication process cycle and to clarify timelines for applying and announcement about decisions, deadlines have been introduced.

Deadline Decision Announced
May 1st June 30th
August 1st September 30th
November 1st December 31
February 1st March 31st

In addition, Connection Grants now have one year automatic extensions; and, co-applicants on an active Connection Grant are now eligible to apply as Project Directors to their own Connection Grant.

For more information, please contact SSHRC by telephone at 613-943-1007 or email at:

2. The Notification of Intent (NOI) to apply for an Insight Grant has been available online since June 18th. Please note the following:

  • NOIs must be submitted directly by the applicants to SSHRC via the online system by August 15th, 2014.
  • NOIs will not be accepted after the deadline.
  • An applicant who has not submitted an NOI by this date will be ineligible to submit the full application in the October 2014 competition.
  • An Insight Grant application will be created for all applicants who have submitted the IG NOI beginning mid-July in the applicant’s Portfolio.
  • Postsecondary institutions will be provided with a list of their faculty who have submitted an NOI after the August 15th deadline via SSHRC’s secure site.

3. NEW! SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships: The 2014 competition is now open for SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships. For this year’s competition, the deadline is September 24, 2014. For more information, visit SSHRC’s website.

For upcoming deadlines and SSHRC news:


NEW! The 2014-2015 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships competition has been launched. These Fellowships provide $70,000 per year for two years for outstanding postdoctoral fellows. Banting requires that all institutions review all applications to ensure that only the highest caliber of candidates are put forward.  Interested applicants and their supervisors must submit the applicant’s CV and a 2-3 page document outlining the proposed research project and the institutional environment at Brock which will support the candidate by July 21st, 2014.  For additional information on the program and internal procedures, visit the ORS website or contact Carolyn Paterson (, ext. 4291).
Internal deadline: July 21; Agency deadline: September 25.

For more information contact the Office of Research Services, Information referenced here is from Brock Research Opportunities, e-bulletin, Vol. 6, No. 10.

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