The Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal agency that supports university-based research and training in the social sciences and humanities

SSHRC funding opportunities for faculty are available through the following programs: 


Insight Program

The goal of the Insight Program is to build knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world by supporting research excellence in all subject areas eligible for SSHRC funding.

The Insight Program offers several types of funding opportunities.

Individual applicants and collaborations

Formal partnerships


Connection Program

The goal of the Connection Program is to realize the potential of social sciences and humanities research for intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, and benefit and impact on and beyond the campus, by supporting specific activities and tools that facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge.

Several funding opportunities fall under the Connection Program:

Individual applications or collaborations:

Formal partnerships:


Joint Initiatives

Joint initiatives are coordinated by SSHRC in collaboration with not-for-profit, private and public organizations. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, early career and established researchers can apply to Joint Initiatives to seek support for training, research and connection activities.

Learn more about Joint Initiatives.


General Application Process

  • Complete your Canadian Common CV on the CCV website and upload a copy to your SSHRC application (Note: SSHRC CV format will not be accepted).  It is strongly recommended that you begin this process well in advance of the competition deadline to allow time to register and ensure that your co-applicants do the same.
  • Complete your MRA (My Research Application) form to obtain departmental/divisional approval.  These approvals should be completed prior to the internal deadline.
  • Complete and submit your SSHRC application by following the instructions on SSHRC’s Research Community Portal


  • Departments may have earlier internal deadlines. Please contact your department for details of submission requirements.
  • The MRA approval process should be started well in advance of the internal deadline as it can take several business days to obtain the necessary approvals.

Please note: Submitting your online application means you are ready for Research Services to forward your proposal to SSHRC. Research Services will not review the content of your application but will verify your eligibility, and that of your co-applicants, to hold a research grant at UofT. Research Services will return applications only to those who do not meet the University’s criteria to hold a research grant.