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 Insight program and the Connection program. However, Partnership Engage Grants cannot respond exclusively to the objectives of the Connection program.

Value: $7,000 to $25,000

Duration: 1 year


UTM MRA deadline RSO MRA deadline Internal deadline (to submit on SSHRC portal for RSO review) Sponsor deadline  Results announced Award start date
TBD TBD March 13 March 15 end of May 1 June
June 6 June 8 (noon) June 13 June 15 end of August 1 September
September 11 September 13 September 15 September 15 end of November 1 December
TBD TBD December 15 December 15 end of February 1 March



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 Engage Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program and the Connection program. However, Partnership Engage Grants cannot respond exclusively to the objectives of the Connection program.

Value: $75,000 to $200,000

Duration: 1 to 3 years


  • RSO editorial review (optional): Monday, October 16, 2023
  • UTM MRA deadline: Thursday, November 2, 2023
  • RSO MRA deadline: noon, Monday, November 6, 2023
  • Final deadline: 9 am, Friday, November 10, 2023



Partnership Grants

Overview: Partnership Grants are intended for large teams of postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types that work in formal collaboration. They 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 expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight and/or the Connection programs. Partnership Grant proposals exclusively for partnered research training initiatives, however, are expected to respond primarily to the objectives of the Talent 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


  • Internal Peer Review Deadline: November 28, 2022
  • Editorial Review Deadline: January 16, 2023
  • RSO MRA Deadline: January 30, 2023
  • Internal Deadline: Feb. 3, 2023 (noon)
  • Sponsor Deadline: Feb. 10, 2023 (8 p.m. eastern)



Supports and Resources

For more information about any of these resources, please email

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 OVPR 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 OVPR 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 OVPR 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.