SSHRC NFRF 2021 Rapid Response Competition – Launch and Webinars

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Sponsor: Social Science and Humanities Research Council

Value: $250,000 (including indirect costs) for 1 year

Description: Innovative approaches to research in the pandemic context
Under the direction of the CRCC, the 2021 Innovative Approaches to Research in the Pandemic Context competition of the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) was launched today. The goal of the funding opportunity is to accelerate the exploration of new approaches and the development and testing of new directions in research methodologies, to respond to challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. All competition documents are available on our website, and the Convergence Portal is open.

The competition has 2 stages:

1. Notification of Intent to Apply (NOI) stage with a deadline of September 21, 2021 (at 8 p.m. Eastern Time)
2. Full Application stage with a deadline of October 26, 2021 (at 8 p.m. Eastern Time)

While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted researchers’ ability to conduct research, particularly community and field-based research, it also provides a unique opportunity, through this call, to explore new, innovative directions in research methodologies.

This call is open to either a nominated principal investigator submitting alone or to a team that may include up to one co-principal investigator and any number of co-applicants and/or collaborators. Steps to apply include submitting a mandatory notice of intent to apply and a subsequent full application.

In preparation for the NOI deadline, we encourage all applicants and research administrators to participate in one of the two upcoming webinars. Below are the dates, times and links to the webinars.

August 12th– 2021 Special Call – French
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time – Event password: pbVE336Nmpy

August 12th – 2021 Special Call – English
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time – Event password: CPmZji4aJ23

Webinars will be recorded and they will be made available along with the presentation slides to the research administrators after the session. For more information, please contact:

Deadline to submit Notice of Intent

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.

Sponsor deadline (8 p.m. eastern).

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