Knowledge Synthesis Grants – Mobility and Public Transit

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Memorial Deadline: Thursday 10th, December 2020

External Deadline: Thursday 17th, December 2020


SSHRC and Infrastructure Canada (INFC) have launched this Knowledge Synthesis Grants (KSG) competition to mobilize social sciences and humanities research to examine and synthesize existing knowledge on mobility and public transit issues. Grant holders will identify research gaps and opportunities and their work will inform and guide policy-makers and service providers responsible for public transit at the community level.

The ability of Canadians to effectively travel across their communities and regions significantly affects their day-to-day quality of life. The various personal mobility realities in Canadian urban and rural contexts result in differentiated levels of access to basic services, education and employment opportunities, health services, and recreational and cultural amenities. The social and economic implications of unequal access to public transit are particularly evident in rural communities, many of which have aging populations and are struggling with slow economic growth.

Policy-makers and service providers in the broader urban and rural mobility sectors are not only working in a complex policy environment, but they are also encountering new challenges due to emerging societal trends, environmental imperatives, and technological innovations. Additionally, while the COVID-19 pandemic has presented an opportunity to reflect on changing transit needs and to reimagine the provision of transit services, it has given rise to new funding challenges and pressing questions about transit, land use, urban planning, and public health and safety.

Public transit represents the largest funding area under INFC’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. It also represents a key piece of Canada’s core public infrastructure, one that has immediate implications for the social, environmental, and economic well-being of urban and rural communities. This Knowledge Synthesis Grants funding opportunity will identify critical gaps in existing knowledge to guide future research related to urban and rural mobility issues in Canada. By identifying best practices, lessons learned and indicators of success, the resulting syntheses may inform the development of effective tools, robust policies and sustainable practices that support the transit needs of urban and rural communities.

Value $30,000
Duration 1 year
Application deadline December 17, 2020 (8 p.m. eastern)
Results announced March 2021
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Additional information can be found on the SSHRC website.

Funding Sources

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: September 16, 2020