CIHR & SSHRC | Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative

As stated in the Government of Canada’s Federal Budget 2021, “systemic racism and discrimination are a painful reality for too many people, especially for marginalized groups, including Indigenous, Black, and racialized people, those living with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ2 communities.” Leadership by people from underrepresented and/or marginalized groups in research projects about race, gender and diversity is critical to ground the research in the lived experiences and histories of communities and to inform more rigorous and relevant policy and program design.


Applications may be submitted by a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant / project director and participants such as co-directors, co-applicants and collaborators). The applicant / project director prepares the application with the team on behalf of the partner organizations of the formal partnership.

Applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution (universities, colleges, not-for-profit organizations) at the time of application. Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian postsecondary institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution, are not eligible for applicant status.

Applicants who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit an achievement report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award are not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report.

Federal scientists who are affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution must demonstrate that their proposed research or research-related activity is not related to either the mandate of their employer or the normal duties for which they receive payment from that employer.

If the proposal falls within the mandate of the federal government and the research or research-related activity is performed in government facilities, funding can be allocated for student salaries or stipends and travel costs only.


November 15: Application deadline
Notice: March 2022

See Full Eligibility & Application Details

Agency Name: 
Contact Name: 
Emma Dering
Grant Amount: 
Up to $450,000 per grant over 3 years
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Monday, November 15, 2021
Internal Deadline: 
Monday, November 8, 2021
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Social Science
Grant Eligibility: