Partnership Grants - Stage 1

The Partnership Grant is an institutional application requiring full consultation with Research Services, and the applicant's Department Head and Associate Dean (Research).

Details about the Partnership Grants Stage 1 competition can be found on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) website.

Partnership Grants provide support for new and existing formal partnerships over four to seven years to advance research, knowledge mobilization and/or training in the social sciences and humanities. This is done through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, as well as through resources (cash and/or in-kind contributions). 

These grants are intended for large teams of postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types that work in formal collaboration. The quality of training, mentoring and employability plans for students and emerging scholars is an important part of the proposed initiative. The intellectual leadership and governance for a new or existing formal partnership can come from the research community and/or from partner organizations from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Duration and Funding Available

  • Value: Stage 1 up to $20,000 in development funds; Stage 2 (by invitation only) up to $2.5 million
  • Duration: 4 to 7 years

Project Directors (Principal Investigators) must be leaders in their field, have experience managing large research partnerships, engage in creative knowledge mobilization activities, and have a deep commitment to student training. This is a highly competitive program and projects must be outstanding to receive funding. 

Competition Timeline

July 15, 2024

Internal Expression of Interest (EOI) - Mandatory

Please include the following documents:

1.      A two-page maximum description of the proposed partnership project that includes the following information:

  • Name of Project Director & any Co-Directors
  • Project title
  • Overall project goal and specific project objectives
  • Originality, significance and expected contribution to knowledge
  • Methodological approach
  • Expected outcomes
  • Partner organizations involved
  • Anticipated stage 2 budget request from SSHRC
  • Experience leading large research partnerships

2. Project Director’s CV (SSHRC CV or Common CV)

Please submit EOI no later than July 15 to: 

Late August

Project Pitch Meeting

Project Directors will meet with VPR Portfolio team members and their respective ADR to pitch their proposed project. Meeting dates to be determined.

Following the meeting, the Project Director will be informed if they are invited to submit a stage 1 application in February 2025, or if it is recommended their project be further developed.

Partnership Grants - Stage 1 Webinar (English) - October 19, 2023

View the recording of the webinar: Partnership Grants - Stage 1 Webinar Recording

The recording is password protected: SSHRC2023pg1 (case sensitive)

** Queen's NetID required for access the slides.

Slide Deck of presentation (PDF 1.33 MB)

Contact Information

SSHRC Partnership Grant Stage 1 Contact: TRAQ Help Desk: Queen’s Research Services Contacts:


Helpdesk Webform

  • Faculty of Arts & Science Applicants please contact Adrian Kelly, Research Projects Advisor
  • Applicants from all other Faculties / Schools please contact Diane Davies, Research Projects Advisor