SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grants – The Emerging Asocial Society

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Sponsor: Social Science and Humanities Research Council

Value: $30,000 for 1 year

Description: SSHRC is launching a Knowledge Synthesis Grants funding opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of the state of knowledge regarding the growing sense of disconnection, isolation and loneliness in Canadian society. The resulting syntheses will identify roles that the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors can play in promoting more connected and resilient communities, and inform the development of effective tools, robust policies and sustainable practices required to support the transition to a more equitable, healthy and prosperous future.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants
Knowledge Synthesis Grants support researchers in producing knowledge synthesis reports and evidence briefs that:
• support the use of evidence in decision-making and the application of best practices; and
• assist in developing future research agendas.

Applicants must address the following three objectives in their proposals:
1. State of knowledge, strengths and gaps

  • critically assess the state of knowledge of the future challenge theme under consideration from a variety of sources, as appropriate;
  • identify knowledge strengths and gaps within the theme; and
  •  identify the most promising policies and practices related to the theme.

2. Research data

  •  assess the quality, accuracy and rigour (i.e., methodological approaches) of current work in the field; and
  •  identify strengths and gaps in the quantitative and qualitative data available.

3. Knowledge mobilization

  • engage cross-sectoral stakeholders (academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors) and/or First Nations, Métis and Inuit rights-holders throughout the project to mobilize knowledge related to promising policies and practices; and
  • use effective knowledge mobilization methods to facilitate the sharing of research findings with cross-sectoral stakeholders and Indigenous rights-holders.

Researchers can include international comparisons and case studies in their proposal, but must demonstrate how the research has the potential to inform policy issues in Canada. This Knowledge Synthesis Grant funding opportunity is guided by the following perspectives:

  1. Drawing on domestic, international and/or cross-sectoral evidence, what can Canadian researchers tell us about these issues?
  2. How might the findings guide public policy, practice and research agendas for Canada and the world in the immediate and long term?


ORE internal signature deadline for RPIFs. Applicants please email Nandini Maharaj your signed (applicant and department head) RPIF + a pdf of your application.

Please email signed (applicant, department head, and ADR) RPIF along with a pdf of your application to ORS ( You may continue to work on the narrative sections of the application until the deadline to hit "Submit" online. However, please note that budget totals must not be changed from the submitted RPIF.

To do this, complete and attach all the forms as described in the program instructions. Also, ensure that all Co-Applicants and Collaborators have electronically accepted and verified their invitation to participate in the application. Then “Verify” and correct any reported errors until the resultant Verification Report indicates successful verification. Then click “Submit” to submit your application to UBC ORS for institutional approval.

Sponsor deadline (8 p.m. eastern)..

Contact: If you have any questions, contact Nandini Maharaj.