The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges globally. While much needed focus to date has been on developing and testing effective countermeasures to control the spread of the virus, examining the longer-term impacts of the pandemic—and the ensuing economic slowdown—on individuals, businesses and communities is just as important.
Through Partnership Engage Grants (PEG), the PEG COVID-19 Special Initiative provides short-term and timely support for small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships. It will allow researchers and their partners to address urgent and specific needs, challenges or opportunities through collaborations. It will also provide a unique opportunity to foster a knowledge exchange on COVID-19 crisis related issues, challenges and impacts between postsecondary researchers and different sectors of society, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other highly qualified personnel.
SSHRC is committed to investing up to $1.5 million over the next two PEG competitions to support COVID-19 related projects, at a maximum amount of $25,000 per project for one year.
Due to the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the effective date of the grant will be retroactive to April 1, 2020, for the June and September 2020 competitions. In this way, expenses incurred on funded projects before the grant is awarded can be reimbursed from the funds allocated under the PEG COVID-19 initiative.
PEG COVID-19 Special Initiative applications are subject to the general PEG eligibility requirements.
Due to the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following exceptions apply:
- organizations or associations that provide services to postsecondary institutions may be involved as a partner;
- researchers who have already submitted a PEG application in the current calendar year are eligible to apply for a PEG COVID-19 grant; and
- researchers can hold one PEG grant and multiple PEG COVID-19 grants simultaneously.
Researchers may only submit one application to either PEG or the PEG COVID-19 Special Initiative in the same competition (e.g., June 2020).
Applicants must complete the PEG application form, and follow the accompanying instructions, as outlined in the PEG funding opportunity description.
SSHRC will accept applications for the PEG COVID-19 Special Initiative for the following deadlines:
- June 15, 2020
- September 15, 2020
In their application form, applicants must:
- insert the prefix “COVID-19” in the application title;
- under Keywords, include “COVID-19;” and
- under the “Goal and project description” section of the application, demonstrate that the proposed project pertains to related issues, challenges or impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deadline: June 15, 2020