Collaborative Research Opportunity Planning Sessions

Some research funding opportunities are specificially designed for teams of researchers. They're also geared towards long-term, large scale, interdisciplinary research. Putting together a group of researchers in response to these opportunities can be complex; and competitions are increasingly compressed when it comes to initial timelines for expressions of interest. As research grant opportunities arise, the HSS Dean’s Office will be hosting events to facilitate the networking and discussion amongst HSS researchers for collaborative large-scale research funding opportunities opportunities. The aim is to provide a space for very early, initial conversations to occur which could be the seed for building grant applications for larger team grants. CROPS will provide a space for open dialogue, to facilitate inter-departmental conversations about research, to provide information about the upcoming opportunity. HSS researchers will also gain a deeper understanding about the research areas of their colleagues. There is much innovative and exciting research happening in our Faculty! Below is a tentative schedule with dates chosen strategically so these sessions - which we're abbreviating as "CROPS" - occur before the opportunity’s first deadline. If you're wondering how to prepare for CROPS, we've also provided a short list below. We're also keeping a list of competitions suited to CROPS; and if you'd like to request a session, you can do that as well. Recent CROPS are listed below, along with slides used in the session.

Upcoming Sessions


Recent Sessions

New Frontier in Research Fund

2022 Transformation

Sept 27, 2021 - 12pm
Sept 20, 2021 - 11am

Facilitator: Matthew Milner
Location: Webex (contact for details)

$19.2million/6 years - The objective of the Transformation stream is to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change. The challenge may be fundamental, leading to a scientific breakthrough, or applied, with a social, economic, environmental or health impact. Projects are expected to be world-leading, drawing on global research expertise, when relevant.


2022 Race, Gender, and Diversity Initiative

Sept 23, 2021 - 2pm

Facilitator: Matthew Milner
Location: Webex (contact for details)

$450,000/3 years - The main objective of the SSHRC Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative is to award approximately 20 grants to support community-led and community-based formal partnerships between one or more partner organizations from the not-for-profit, public and/or private sectors and at least one postsecondary institution, to support connection, research and training activities. These three-year partnership grants offered under the Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative will serve as hubs for challenge-oriented, community-led and community-based intersectional research and knowledge mobilization activities, and can be used to incubate new research partnerships. The funded partnerships will use collaboration and mutual learning to foster the co-creation of new knowledge, capacity-building and knowledge mobilization on critical issues for non-academic partner organizations pertaining to systemic racism and discrimination of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups, including but not limited to women; First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples; Black, Asian and other racialized peoples; people living with disabilities (both visible and invisible); LGBTQ2+ people; religious minorities, and others marginalized on the basis of their ethnicity and other identity factors; as well as individuals who identify as or belong to more than one of these groups.


2022 Partnership Grants - Stage 1

June 22, 2021 - 11am

Facilitator: Matthew Milner
Location: Webex (contact for details)

Partnership Grants are SSHRC's largest funding opportunity for projects between 4 to 7 years in length with funding up to $2.5million available in Stage 2. Topics are open; matching funding is required from confirmed partners (academic, community, industry, or government partners).

New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)

Inaugural Funding Opportunity

NDRIO's initial competition is seeking projects suited to the development and use of Canada's research cyberinfrastructure, particularly in the humanities and involving indigneous communities. CFI-eligible institutions can be project leaders, but governments, community organizations, and industry partners are permissible as collaborators. Funding ranges from $100,000 to $3million for projects lasting 12 to 18months.

May 25, 2021 - 11am

Facilitator: Heather C. O'Brien
Presentation:  New Digital Research Infrastructure Org. Inaugural Funding Op. 2021-05-25

Trans-Atlantic Platform

Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World

The COVID-19 pandemic is a major crisis that touches on all aspects of health, social, economic, political, and cultural life. The T-AP RRR call aims to address key gaps in our understanding of the dynamic and complex interaction of medium and long-term societal effects of COVID-19 pandemic. This understanding, in turn, should advance knowledge of how to mitigate the negative societal effects of COVID-19 pandemic and support recovery and renewal in a post-pandemic world.

May 18, 2021 - 11am

Facilitator: Matthew Milner
Presentation:  Trans-Atlantic Platform Recovery, Renewal, and Resilience 2021-05-18


The Role of HSS Research Support Services

CROPS will be facilitated by one of the HSS Grant Facilitation Officers and / or the Associate Dean (Research). The format will consist of a brief overview presentation of the opportunity, followed by open discussion. The facilitator will assist in guiding conversation towards determining if there is sufficient interest in pursuing the development of an application, and researchers who wish to be included in further conversation. Importantly, the session is not meant to determine the full scope of an application or even who may be involved, but to network and assist in bringing together researchers interested in an opportunity.

Prepare for CROPS as a Researcher

  • Read over the full details and call of the opportunity.
  • Consider how your research interests and scholary profile might integrate not just into the objectives of the opportunity, but mesh and enhance the scholarship of your colleagues.
  • Consider how your research interests and experience might develop over a number of years within several areas.
  • Consider how a call might address your own as well as institutional research and scholarly development, as well as student training.
  • Consider how your research interests and scholarly work speak to the timeliness of the call and the public or wider issues it seeks to address.
  • Consider how what kind of role you're able to play in a proposed project as well as the application process.

CROPS Competitions

Within the usual cycle of grant competitions there are a number of programs for which CROPS are well suited. They're listed below.

  • Partnerships: Partnership Grants support formal partnerships between academic researchers, businesses and other partners that will advance knowledge and understanding on critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance. By fostering mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, the grants allow partners to innovate, build institutional capacity and mobilize research knowledge in accessible ways. The grants may also be used to help establish partnered chairs and research centres. For more information see
  • CREATE: The CREATE program is designed to improve the training and mentoring environment for the Canadian researchers of tomorrow by improving training in areas such as professional skills, communication and collaboration, as well as by providing mentoring and experience relevant to both academic and non-academic research environments. For more information see
  • Alliance: Alliance grants encourage university researchers to collaborate with partner organizations, which can be from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. These grants support research projects led by strong, complementary, collaborative teams that will generate new knowledge and accelerate the application of research results to create benefits for Canada. For more information see
New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF)
  • Transformation: The Transformation stream is designed to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change (high-reward). The challenge may be fundamental, leading to a scientific breakthrough, or applied, with a social, economic, environmental or health impact. Projects are expected to be world-leading, drawing on global research expertise where relevant. For more information see
Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)

Requesting CROPS

In addition to competition-driven CROPS, HSS Researchers interested in networking within the faculty around specific research topics or themes with a mind towards clear identifiable research development objectives - a competition not listed above, or a new initiative or group to build towards research funding or initiative, or the development of resources, over a longer term - can request support from HSS Research Support Services in holding a planning session. Please contact an HSS GFO for more details.