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Primary contact: Heather C. O'Brien, Grants Coordinator
Telephone:(709) 864-8603




Approval Processes for Grant, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Contract, or Agreement Applications

Submission procedures for most individual opportunities are outlined on the relevant entry in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Research Funding Tracker (RFT) found here: HSS Research Funding Tracker

For most internal AND external competitions (exceptions to these procedures are outlined in the Research Funding Tracker), the submission process is as follows. If you are not sure, you may check with Heather C. O’Brien.

Steps to Submit an Application:

1) If relevant, secure documentation for all cash and/or in-kind contributions that the Department/Faculty/other University units/external parties are committing. You MUST have written documentation for each commitment in the form of a letter, e-mail, etc. (see the document “FAQ on obtaining cash and in-kind commitments from Memorial,” below).

2) Complete the relevant grant or other application.

3) Complete the HSS Signatory Form.

4) Submit the application, relevant documents, and the HSS Signatory Form to your Department Head for sign-off.

5) By the HSS deadline, submit a .pdf copy of the application, relevant supporting documents, and the HSS Signatory Form to the HSS Grants Coordinator. Electronic signatures are accepted.

Please note: All co-applicants at Memorial must complete their unit's signatory form (i.e., co-applicants in HSS should fill out the HSS form; co-applicants in Science should fill out the Science form, etc.). If a co-applicant is not from Memorial, for grants we only require a form if cash or in-kind contributions are coming from that co-applicant's university; in this case, the external co-applicant could use our form, or a similar form developed by their institution that has an appropriate signing authority endorsement.



HSS Submission Deadlines

For external grant competitions, postdoctoral fellowships, contracts, and agreements, approval forms should be submitted by noon at least 10 business days prior to external deadlines.

For Memorial internal grant competitions, approval forms should be submitted by noon at least 5 business days prior to internal university competition deadlines.





Grants/Contracts HSS Signatory Form (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Last updated September 22, 2017 



SSHRC Grant Template Packages (highly recommended)

We have developed detailed information, tips, and Word templates for all attachments and textboxes for the major SSHRC competitions (Insight Development Grants; Insight Grants; Connection Grants; Partnership Development Grants). Use of the templates is highly recommended, and typically results in success rates that double the national average when combined with taking advantage of the comprehensive review service. To obtain the latest templates, please email from your MUN account and Kelley will send you a zip file containing the templates, a blank application (in case the online form is not available), budget advice documents/FAQs, and sign-off information. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TEMPLATE PACKAGE IS ONLY FOR DISTRIBUTION WITHIN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY and we cannot fulfill requests from other universities. We will happily share the templates with other Units, Schools, and Faculties on all Memorial campuses, with the understanding that the templates will not be posted online or distributed outside of Memorial, and that attribution will be given to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.



Grant Writing Resources and Documents


NOI / LOI / EOI Sign-off procedures

This FAQ discusses when your letters of intent require sign-off.

Last updated July 28, 2016


What to expect from the Arts Grants Facilitator

The Grants Facilitator can help you create a plan to become a more competitive candidate, identify a fundable project, find an appropriate funding agency, craft a targeted application, re-spin an unsuccessful application for the next round, and more. Further details can be found in this document.

Last updated September 17, 2014.


Humanities and Social Sciences faculty can benefit from research funding

The goal of the Senior Grants Facilitation Officer is to increase the number and success rate of grant applications submitted by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. By far, the biggest problem is convincing people that they should apply for grants in the first place. This handout addresses 5 common myths about research funding in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Last updated November 4, 2016.


Budget Advice for Grant Applications 

This FAQ describes what you should include in your budget, and how you should justify it. 

Last updated September 26, 2016


FAQ on obtaining cash and in-kind commitments from Memorial 

This FAQ describes the various cash and in-kind commitments that are possible to obtain from Memorial and the steps you should take to secure these commitments before you fill out the grant application.

Last updated September 15, 2016


CCV Data Entry Guide

A manual with details on all sections of the CCV. 

Last updated June 25, 2013


How-to instructions for accepting SSHRC invitations 

A guide for attaching your SSHRC CV using the old SSHRC web-based forms systems. For attaching the new CCV, see the Slides from the CCV workshop, above. 

Last updated November 5, 2012


How-to instructions for partners on SSHRC Partnership Development Grant applications 

A guide for invited partners which explains how to accept an invitation and fill out the partner section using the old SSHRC web-based forms system. 

Last updated September 26, 2016



Funding Opportunities: HSS Research Funding Tracker


Our most up-to-date funding opportunities are listed here. Feel free to browse the database to locate new funding opportunites or search the database for a specific opportunity. Each entry explains submission procedures and lists relevant deadlines including HSS internal deadlines, RGCS internal deadlines, and the external, granting agency's deadline.

Last updated September 28, 2017



Workshop and Presentation Slides


Please note that some of these files are password-protected. For access, please email

Slides can be found on our Workshop Page.



MUN Resources



External Resources


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552