SSHRC Explore Grants, Harrison McCain Research Grants & General Research Grants

Deadline: The deadline for the second round of the Harrison McCain Research Grants & General Research Grants competitions is noon on November 1, 2021.

Application Form

Value: SSHRC Explore and Harrison McCain Research Grants: Up to $6,000 / General Research Grants: up to $3,000

These grants are awarded to full-time and part-time faculty members by the Senate Research Committee through open competition. The Committee's objective in awarding these grants is to support large research projects needing seed funding, to increase the quality of applications for research to outside funding agencies, and to encourage the dissemination of research results within the professions and the broader public. Unsuccessful SSHRC Explore Grant and Harrison McCain applications can be added to the pool of applications for General Research Grants.

Please Note: All faculty (full-time and part-time) are eligible to apply for the Harrison McCain Research Grants, but first preference will be given to emerging scholars (those who have completed less than eight years of service at STU by the submission deadline), and faculty holding regular part-time appointments. Faculty members who receive a Harrison McCain Research Grant will not be permitted to apply to this program in future years.

NEW: Internal Research Grants now have a duration of 2 years.

Previous research support has been provided for projects which explored or led to external funding in:

    • A discipline or field
    • Teaching/Pedagogy
    • Creative Work
    • Applied or professional issues


Before you apply, please note:

  • An applicant must not hold an active external grant at the time of application (for a similar research project)
  • The Senate Research Committee does not pay for travel to actively participate in conferences through internal research grants (See Conference Travel Grants)
  • Applications for internal research grants will be adjudicated within 4 weeks of the deadline
  • Faculty members may not hold more than one internal research grant at a time.

To apply:

  • Submit a completed online application form along with all requested documentation by noon on the deadline date.
  • Applicants must use the official Senate Research Committee application form found at the top of this page. Other formats will not be accepted and incomplete applications will be disadvantaged. Late applications will not be considered.

A complete application consists of:

1. A 500-word report summarizing the dissemination results of your two (if applicable) most recent Internal Research Grants (SSHRC Explore, Harrison McCain, MRG, GRG).

2. A 2000-word, double-spaced, rationale written for an interdisciplinary, educated, non-specialist audience, which explains the significance of the current project, including:

  • Objectives/goals of the study
  • Theoretical base and/or congruence with discipline
  • Methodology
  • Plans for dissemination of work
  • Budget Rationale (half page) with supporting documentation (see Budget section below)

3. A full curriculum vitae.


  • The Senate Research Committee requires a fully detailed and itemized budget with the application. The onus is on the applicant to explicitly demonstrate that the monies applied for will be used only for the research project detailed in the current application, and to implement the budget as submitted.
  • Submissions must make a connection between budget items and proposal.
  • Computer purchases are not normally considered eligible expenses using internal research grants. Computers are basic work tools and are most appropriately obtained using a combination of PDA and the University’s “Evergreen” computer replacement program, especially as computers are used for a wide range of work purposes and are not limited to specific research projects. Applicants wishing to include computer purchases in their budgets must make a strong technological rationale for why specific computing equipment beyond a standard computer is required for specific research purposes.  
  • Supporting documentation for budget items MUST be included (i.e. flight costs, hotel costs, transcription fees, supplies, equipment, etc.). 
  • Previously incurred expenses (i.e. incurred before competition deadline) will not be considered eligible for reimbursement.
  • Budgets cannot include funds used to pay wages to the applicant or co-applicant.
  • NEW: Dissemination costs can be included in the budget but must not total more than 25% of the overall budget request.
  • The current (domestic) rates for reimbursement for per diems and mileage are:
    • Breakfast $10
    • Lunch $12
    • Dinner $23
    • Incidental $5
    • Mileage 0.40 cents per kilometer

      Further information on U.S. and International rates can be found in the University Expenditure Policy

Research Assistant Funding:
Applications may include requests for Research Assistant funding, as part of the grant application.
The criteria for adjudicating applications which include requests for RA funding will be as follows:

  • The quality of the research project
  • The demonstrated need for an RA in accomplishing this project
  • A training plan for the RA (this could be done by the faculty member or by another resource, such as HIL workshops)
  • If you are hiring a STU undergraduate student you must follow the university's student hiring guidelines
  • The SRC strongly encourages faculty to apply to the STU JOBS and Harrison McCain Student Research Internships competitions before requesting undergraduate RAs in SSHRC Explore, Harrison McCain Research Grant, or GRG applications

Post Award:

  • Research grants are to be used by the deadline date specified in the letter of award, unless a request for an extension is approved by the Associate Vice-President (Research).
  • Approval from the St. Thomas Research Ethics Board is required before funds for research involving human participants are released. Ethics application forms are available on the REB section of our website.
  • Recipients’ names and project titles may be placed on the research web site and in the ORS Annual Report.
  • Applicants wishing to make post-award changes to their budgets/expenditure plans must seek the permission of the Associate Vice-President (Research).
  • Faculty securing Harrison McCain Research Grants must submit a 500-word report on their research activities/outcomes to the ORS within 30 days of the end date of their award.


Adjudication Grid