SSHRC Explore

SSHRC Explore grants are institutional opportunities funded by a SSHRC Institutional Grant and administered by the Office of Research & Innovation Services (ORIS) to support projects in social sciences, humanities, and fine arts. The program is intended to seed new projects or to leverage extramural funding. It is not intended to provide on-going support through successive awards or to provide development funding for which CREDO funding is available. Applicants are advised that the funds requested in each competition normally exceeds the funds available.





18 months (April 1 to September 30 of following year)

Application Deadline

November 6, 2017 at 4:00pm

Notice of Decision

March 2018

Start date

April 1, 2018

Progress Reports

Final Progress Report (Due 6 months after end date)



Full-time University of Lethbridge Faculty are eligible to apply. All members, as defined in the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association Handbook, who have research duties as part of their appointment may be eligible. Applicants may only be named on one SSHRC Explore application per competition. Applicants cannot hold more than one award from internal funding sources such as Community of Research Excellence Development Opportunities (CREDO) Program and the ULRF. Applicants are allowed to hold a University of Lethbridge Travel Fund award concurrently with SSHRC Explore.
Additional requirements may arise - SSHRC has reviewed the delivery of the Institutional Grants program but an official summary of changes is not yet available. 


  • August – September: Competition launch.
  • November 6, 2017 at 4:00pm: Application deadline.
  • November – December: External reviews solicited.
  • January – February: Applications and external reviews are considered by an ORIS merit review panel. The panel meets and makes formal recommendations to the AVPR and VPR.
  • March: Notice of Decisions are distributed to applicants.
  • April 1: Start date of successful applications.

Use of Funds

It is the responsibility of the applicant(s) to adequately justify the expenditures included in the application. Funds can be requested according to the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide “Use of Grant Funds” and the following criteria:

  • A grant may be directed to personnel costs in accordance with University of Lethbridge policy.
  • A grant may be used to pay for travel directly related to research, including travel by research assistants in the performance of their assigned duties.
  • No more than 10% of the total budget may be directed to dissemination of research results, including conference attendance. Use of ULSA awards for conference costs will be restricted to expenses that are not eligible under the University of Lethbridge Travel Fund (e.g. costs associated with publication or poster production for presentations).
  • Other items necessary for research may be considered for funding at the discretion of the merit review panel.
  • Normally, the purchase of journals, books, computers, software, and major equipment will not be considered.
  • Requests for retroactive funding or teaching development will not be considered.
Agency Name: 
University of Lethbridge
Contact Name: 
Hector MacIntyre
Grant Amount: 
$6,000 /award
Grant Location: 
Internal Deadline: 
Monday, November 6, 2017
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Social Science
Fine Arts
Grant Eligibility: