2022 SSHRC Enhancement Program: Call for Applications - Deadline: April 14, 2022 (Extended)


The Office of Research Services at Lakehead University is pleased to announce the continuation of the SSHRC Grant Application Enhancement Program in the spring of 2022. This program is designed to encourage and support researchers at Lakehead University to begin preparation of their SSHRC grant applications well in advance of the internal deadline with the ultimate goal of increasing overall success rates.

About the program

Applicants will participate in a series of four workshops devoted to the drafting of specific elements of a SSHRC application, common across disciplines. The workshops typically cover the following topics: outlining the objectives of the proposed project, describing your methodology, preparing an engaging summary, developing a student training plan, research team roles and responsibilities, framing a realistic timeline, developing equity, diversity and inclusion strategies in research programs and creating a feasible knowledge mobilization plan. In addition, participants take part in two peer review sessions. The topics and schedule of these workshops will be finalized in consultation with participants who are accepted into this program. 


Program Schedule

The four sessions are held over a five week period with no more than one workshop per week, and a gap week after session three. The sessions typically begin in May, and end in early June. You will be asked to do some preparatory work in advance of the first session as well as homework after each session; you should expect to dedicate time to the grant-writing process over these five weeks to get the most out of the program. At the conclusion of the workshops, participants’ feedback will be sought to assist in the evaluation of the program.


Program Completion & Research Grant

Participants in the program will be eligible for a research grant of up to $1500, distributed in two installments, to aid in the development of their SSHRC applications. Researchers may use this grant for tri agency-eligible costs associated with research, including but not limited to hiring research assistants and grant writers/editors, collecting preliminary data, meeting with research partners/co-applicants, and gathering materials for the literature review.  Equipment and conference travel are not eligible. The $1500 grant will be distributed in two separate allotments:

1) $750 at the completion of the workshops in which the participant had full attendance and

2) $750 after a SSHRC application has been submitted.


Applications developed during the workshops must be submitted to an Insight Grant, Insight Development Grant, or Partnership Engage Grant competition within one year of the program in order to receive the second installment of the grant. Applicants must provide a budget for the $1500 as part of their application.



All Lakehead University tenure-track and tenured faculty members engaged in research in the area of social sciences and humanities are welcome to participate in the program. Previous enhancement program participants are welcome to apply to re-enroll in the program on an “audit” basis, which means that they will not be eligible for the grant. Faculty members with a three year LTA are eligible to apply in the first two years of their appointment only. Preference will be given to tenured and tenure-track faculty members.


The number of applicants selected to participate in this program will be capped depending on financial resources available and normally will total no more than 10 participants. Evaluation of applications will be based on originality, relevance to SSHRC’s mandate, project description cohesiveness, and background of the researcher.


How to apply

Researchers are asked to apply to the program through ROMEO (click on Apply New - Tri-Agency Grant Enhancement Programs). Applications to the SSHRC Enhancement Program are due April 14, 2022. If you need help using the ROMEO system, please contact Bonnie Knott, ROMEO administrator at bknott@lakeheadu.ca


For general questions about the program, please contact Dr. Rebecca Heffernan, Research & Strategic Initiatives at orillia.research@lakeheadu.ca.