What is the length of time for a grant, as envisioned by the program?

Small grants are intended to provide funding over a 12-month period, from October 2021 through October 2022. 

What is the expected output for grant recipients?

Activities undertaken during the grant period are intended to contribute to the ongoing development of the social sciences and the humanities, and of knowledge for the public good. Grantees will be encouraged to produce work resulting from their activities in forms most relevant to their project. This includes, but is not limited to, written pieces in relevant publications, the creation of educational and academic course materials, and the development of creative media. Project outputs need not be completed by the end of the grant period. However, your application should provide a clear indication of your intended outputs and their projected timelines.


Which fields are eligible?

We welcome the participation of a wide range of disciplinary and professional backgrounds as relevant to the specific needs and nature of any given project. In addition to professional researchers grounded in the social sciences, humanities, and data science, we welcome applications from practitioners, including but not limited to librarians and archivists, community researchers, artists, journalists, and social activists. 

Is there a degree requirement?

There is no formal degree requirement for these grants. However, project leaders must demonstrate how their educational background, training, and/or professional experience, as well as personal experience, will equip them to successfully undertake their proposed activities. 

Am I eligible to apply if I have previously received funding from the SSRC?

Yes, previous recipients of SSRC funding are eligible to apply. 

Can individuals apply for grants?

Yes, this competition is open to individual applicants.  

How many members may my team consist of?

Your team may consist of up to four members. In addition to the project leader, the application allows for up to three team members.   

What may grants funds be used for?

Grant funds will typically be used for activities directly related to the production of scholarly materials and publications and research to be conducted through use of the digital platform, such as research equipment, software, and supplies, support for research assistants, etc. In exceptional cases, and in consultation with program staff, award funds may be used to cover other expenses including limited travel and accommodation. If you anticipate needing support through the project leader’s institution, in the form of either direct administrative support or indirect costs/overhead, your budget should account for this as a line item. The amount allocated for institutional support should not exceed 10 percent, and should be included in the total budget, not in addition to it.

What constitutes “direct administrative support”?

In general, “direct administrative support” refers to the work of administrative staff who will actively help to administer the grant or organize activities related to the proposed project.

Application Process

Do I need to complete the application in one sitting?

No. You may return to the application as many times as needed until the application deadline. Please remember to save your work as you complete each section of the application and note that once applications are submitted, they cannot be altered.

Do I need to submit my application in English?

Yes. The online application form and all required documents should be completed in English.

May I submit my application by fax or email?

No. Applications should be submitted via the online application portal only.

How can I find out whether the program has received my application?

You will receive an automated email from the SSRC confirming submission of your application.

Application Components

What materials are required for grant applications?

In addition to completing the online application form, applicants should provide the following:

  • Research proposal (up to five pages, double-spaced, including bibliography). Click here to view proposal requirements.
  • Current CV/resume of the project leader and up to three team members, where relevant (up to two pages). CVs should include the following details: education and employment history, relevant research and/or practical experience, honors and awards, and professional affiliations. Where applicable, CVs/resumes may include a list of no more than three relevant publications.
  • Proposed budget consisting of a budget outline and a brief budget narrative (up to two pages).

What are the requirements for the proposed budget?

Your budget proposal should include an itemized budget and budget narrative, and should not exceed two pages. The aim of this section of your application is to demonstrate a well-considered use of funds in the designing of this proposed project. Your budget narrative should briefly explain how you arrived at all estimated and final figures. For example, if you request funds for equipment, you should provide details about the kind of equipment needed and how it will be used to further the aims of the project. In addition, if you indicated in the application form that you have received or applied for additional funding for this project through another source, your budget should account for how the various grants will be used together. Please note that final budgets are subject to approval by program staff.

Awarding of grants

What is the selection procedure?

Successful applications will be selected by a multidisciplinary panel, through a confidential review process. This selection committee will consist of experts in a range of social science and allied disciplines.