Tri-Agency Special Call: Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation - Connection Grants

Launch of new tri-agency Connection Grants supports CRCC commitment to Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation

In 2017, the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC) was created to improve the coordination efforts of Canada's granting agencies— the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)—as well as the Canada Foundation for Innovation. As one of its five priorities, the CRCC has reaffirmed the agencies' commitment to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action and has prioritized the need for a national dialogue to co-develop, with First Nations, Métisand Inuit communities, an interdisciplinary, Indigenous research and research training model that contributes to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

In Budget 2018, the federal government committed $3.8 million to support this CRCC priority and develop a strategic research plan that identifies new ways of doing research with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, including strategies to grow the capacity of Indigenous communities to conduct research and partner with the broader research community.

On June 21, National Indigenous Peoples' Day, the tri-agencies launched Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants and invites proposals from applicants affiliated with First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations, as well as with other not-for-profit organizations or Canadian postsecondary institutions in any discipline.

The deadline for proposals is September 6, 2018 (8:00 p.m. eastern) with results to be announced in October 2018.

The initiative will support short-term targeted interdisciplinary events and outreach activities that will mobilize existing knowledge, facilitate dialogue and knowledge sharing, and result in the preparation of a position paper. The position papers will be shared at a national dialogue event scheduled for March 2019 to develop, in partnership with Indigenous communities, a strategic plan for an interdisciplinary Indigenous research and research training model that contributes to reconciliation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.

These Connection Grants are valued at up to $50,000 for six months, with the possibility of a six-month extension. The leadership and governance of all proposed projects must involve the participation of First Nations, Métis or Inuit communities, and, depending on the number and type of applications received, at least 51% of the successful grants will be reserved for Indigenous not-for-profit organizations.

institutional eligibility for a five-year period to manage multiple SSHRC grants, including Connection Grants. Organizations that wish to submit a project proposal and administer funds for this Connection Grants special call are requested to apply for eligibility as soon as possible.

For more information about this funding opportunity, or for advice on preparing your application, please contact:

Lina Crompton, Program Officer
Research Grants and Partnerships Division
Tel.: 613-943-1423
Email (for questions and to send your application):

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