Connection Grants — Joint Initiative for Digital Citizen Research – Special Call

Aboriginal Peoples
Arctic and Northern Regions
Community, Regional & Enterprise Development
Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage
Governance and Public Policy
Social Justice


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Memorial Deadline: Tuesday 28th, January 2020

External Deadline: Saturday 1st, February 2020


Canadian Heritage is partnering with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to provide funding support through arms-length Connection Grants. These grants provide assistance to selected events and outreach activities for short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and engage on research issues related to online disinformation and other related online harms as well as their impact in the Canadian context.

The Joint Initiative has 3 broad objectives:

  • to promote Canadian research that will develop better understanding — based on empirical evidence — of the impacts of online disinformation in Canada in order to better inform programs and policies;
  • to build Canada’s capacity to conduct research on and related to countering online disinformation and other related online harms, specifically in the target areas described below; and
  • to help foster a community of research in the digital citizenship and online disinformation space in Canada.

Application deadline

November 1, 2019
February 1, 2020

Eligible projects

Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities — as defined on the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grants web page — geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives.

In addition to adhering to SSHRC’s policies and regulations pertaining to the Connection Grants, the proposed projects must also address the broad objectives pertaining to the Joint Initiative as described above.

The Joint Initiative also requires that the proposals focus on 1 or more of the following specific areas:

  • Creators and propagators of (online) disinformation in a Canadian context.
  • Digital techniques used to spread (online) disinformation in a Canadian context.
  • Sectors of Canadian society more or less vulnerable to (online) disinformation, including how disinformation may specifically affect marginalized, minority and Indigenous communities.
  • Effects of exposure to information and (online) disinformation on Canadians’ individual beliefs behavior as well as overall mental health.
  • Different impacts of (online) disinformation in Canada, including on democratic institutions and elections.
  • Government responses to (online) disinformation.

Additional information can be found on at SSHRC webpage.

For more information on the IDCR Connection Grants Special Call, please contact:

Lauren Abrams

Funding Sources

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: December 16, 2019