Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative

Government of Canada

Relevent Country: Canada

Type of work: Research and Survey

The Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative is now accepting proposals to support academic researchers, in partnership with other community-based research-focused organizations, to advance knowledge and analyze the causes and persistence of gender-based violence in Canada.

This research could focus on prevention methods, access to justice and support services for victims and survivors.

The Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative will provide approximately five grants for four-year formal research partnerships between a post-secondary institution and at least one partner organization from the not-for-profit, public or private sectors, to foster the joint generation of new knowledge, capacity building and knowledge mobilization on critical issues related to gender-based violence in Canada. The Partnership Grants will serve as hubs for intersectional, collaborative, and challenge-based research activities and knowledge mobilization, as well as for incubating new research partnerships.


Specific objectives include support for:

  • partnerships that address intersectional factors to consider in the design and practice of gender-based violence research;
  • partnership research activities that meet the needs of partner organizations in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors, and that will inform their decision-making;
  • cross-sectoral collaborations and connection activities, such as public awareness activities, workshops and conferences;
  • innovative approaches that enrich partnership research training experiences for students and postdoctoral researchers;
  • obtaining contributions from all partner organizations (cash and/or in-kind contributions).


The initiative will seek to support a diverse portfolio of projects aligned along the themes below. The research questions presented in each theme are only examples of potential areas for consideration. Candidates may propose questions and research objectives that are not listed below, as long as the research topic falls within one of the five themes.

  • Shelters and housing
  • Violence against LGBTQ2+ people
  • Natural resources, labor camps and sexual violence
  • Access to justice and prevention of gender-based violence
  • Youth and technology-facilitated gender-based violence

Funding Information & Duration

  • The annual value of grants offered under the Grounded Violence Research Initiative of up to $100,000 for the first year and up to $200,000 per year for the following three years, therefore a maximum value of up to at $700,000 for four years.
  • An automatic one-year extension without additional funding is possible under this joint initiative.


Research subject

  • The grant application must fall primarily within the field of the humanities in accordance with SSHRC’s mandate and must relate to one of the themes described in the “Purpose” section above.


  • The application can be submitted by a research team composed of an applicant (director of the project) and other participants, including co-directors, co- applicants and collaborators. The applicant (Project Director) prepares the application with the team members on behalf of the partner organizations that are part of the partnership. Applicants must be affiliated with an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution at the time of the request. A researcher who is affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary institution but whose main institution of affiliation is abroad cannot be granted candidate status.
  • An applicant who has received a SSHRC grant but has not submitted their achievement report by the deadline indicated in the award notice cannot submit a new application for a SSHRC grant until they have submitted this report.
  • A federal government scientist who is affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary institution must demonstrate that the research project or related activity is not related to the mandate of his or her employer or the usual duties for which he or she he receives payment from that employer.
  • If the proposal falls within the mandate of the federal government and the research project or related activity is carried out in government facilities, funding can only be awarded for direct support to students (salaries or stipends and travel expenses).


  • Only an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution can administer the grant funds. An institution planning to administer a grant awarded under this funding opportunity must be or become eligible to do so.

Co-directors and co-applicants

A person is eligible as co-director or co – applicant provided they are duly affiliated with one of the following types of organizations:

in Canada: post-secondary educational institution, not-for-profit organization, charity, think tank, municipal government or qualifying territorial or provincial government;
abroad : post-secondary institution.

Post-doctoral researchers affiliated with a post-secondary institution are eligible as co-supervisors and co-applicants.


  • Anyone who makes a significant contribution to the project can have the status of collaborator. These individuals do not need to be affiliated with an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Individuals from the private sector and the federal government may only participate as contributors.

Partner organizations

  • Partner organizations can be Canadian or foreign institutions or organizations (public, private and not-for-profit) of any type. At least one partner organization must be from the not-for-profit, public and/or private sector; applications involving only post-secondary institutions as partners will be considered ineligible.