SSHRC Partnership Grants

The following SSHRC grant mechanisms provide funding for research, research training and knowledge mobilization carried out by new and existing formal partnerships.

To encourage faculty to apply for these grants, UTM and U of T offer a number of supports and resources.


Partnership Engage Grants

Overview: Partnership Engage Grants provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. Partnerships supported by this grant are meant to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors. Partnership Engage Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Research partnerships program. However, Partnership Engage Grants cannot respond exclusively to the objectives of the Research partnerships program.

Value: $7,000 to $25,000

Duration: 1 year


  • UTM MRA deadline: May 13, 2024
  • U of T internal deadline to submit application on the SSHRC site: May 29, 2024, 9 am
  • Sponsor deadline: May 22, 2024, 8 pm*
*Note: Traditionally, there are four PEG deadlines each year (March 15, June 15, Sept 15, and Dec 15). However, the June 15, 2024 deadline has been moved by SSHRC to May 22, 2024 (due to IT work that is taking place on SSHRC's end during the summer months). After the May 22 deadline, PEG deadlines will revert to their usual schedule.
UTM MRA deadlineRSO MRA deadlineInternal deadline to submit on SSHRC site (for RSO review)Sponsor deadline Results announcedAward start date
September 4, 2024, Noon ETSeptember 6, 2024September 12, 2024, 9 amSeptember 15, 2024, 8 pmEnd of November 2024December 1, 2024




Partnership Development Grants

Overview: Partnership Development Grants provide support to teams/partnerships, led by a project director, to:

  • Develop research and/or related activities in the social sciences and humanities—these can include knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars, by fostering new partnerships with existing and/or potential partners; or
  • Design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that can result in best practices or models—these can either be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level. 

Partnership Development Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Research Partnerships program. 

Value: $75,000 to $200,000

Duration: 1 to 3 years


  • RSO editorial review (optional): October 16, 2024, 9:00 am ET
  • UTM MRA deadline: November 1, 2024, Noon ET
  • RSO MRA deadline: November 5, 2024, Noon ET
  • Internal deadline to submit application on the SSHRC online system: November 11, 2024, 9:00 am ET 
  • Sponsor deadline: November 15, 2024, 8:00 pm ET




Partnership Grants

Overview: Partnership Grants provide support for new and existing formal partnerships to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities. This is done through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, as well as through resources as shown by cash and/or in-kind contributions. Partnership Grants are intended for large teams of postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types that work in formal collaboration. Partnership Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Research partnerships program. Proposals exclusively for partnered research training initiatives are expected to respond, instead, to the objectives of the Research training and talent development program.

Value: Stage 1: up to $20,000 (to prepare for Stage 2 application); Stage 2 (by invitation only): up to $2.5 million

Duration: 4 to 7 years


  • Deadline to submit Internal Expression of Interest to Research Services Office (RSO): November 15, 2023
  • RSO deadline for Internal Peer Review and Editorial Review: December 13, 2023
  • UTM MRA deadline: January 25, 2024
  • RSO deadline for administrative review for UofT Letter of Support: January 29, 2024
  • Internal deadline for submission on the SSHRC site: February 5, 2024
  • Sponsor deadline: February 10, 2024, 8 pm




Supports and Resources

For support, inquiries, or more information about any of these resources, please contact the UTM OVPRI at Our Strategic Research Development Officers are available to support researchers with resources and assistance related to proposal development, including advice on building the partnership; the content, structure and preparation of application modules; and feedback on draft documents.


UTM Grant Repository

Examples of a successful PEG and several successful PDGs are available in the UTM Grant Repository. Sample successful PG grants are also available to UTM faculty upon request. To obtain access to the repository or examples of successful PGs, please email, or


Milestone Documents

Milestone and timeline documents are available to help with planning and preparation of large partnership grant applications.


Collaborative Research Planning Grants (up to $10,000)

UTM-based lead applicants may request up to $10,000 from the OVPRI to support proposal development for submissions to collaborative grant opportunities where the total funding envelope is $200,000 or above.

Learn more about Collaborative Research Planning Grants here.

UTM-based lead applicants applying to a Partnership Grant may also request up to $10,000 to support proposal development from the Dean’s Office.


Major Research Management Project Fund (up to $50,000)

The OVPRI can provide divisional matching funds for the Major Research Project Management Fund of up to $10,000 for the proposal development stream and up to $50,000 for the project management stream. The total amount OVPRI can match will be specific to each application. In multi-divisional proposals led by UTM faculty, contributions from other divisions are encouraged.

Learn more about UTM matching for the MRPM program.
Learn more about the MRPM fund.

Course Release

The Dean’s Office at UTM will fund a 0.5 course release for UTM-based lead applicants for every year a Partnership Grant is active.