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On-Line Help for the Search Engine

With this search engine, you can find information about grants and fellowships paid by SSHRC (not including contributions from partners) since 1998-99.

For information on how to perfect your search using specific parameters, see below.

For technical difficulties, please contact SSHRC corporate data team at

Search Type (simple or advanced)
Fiscal Year
Competition Year
Sub-Programs and Funding Opportunities
Region, Province, Organization
Area of Research
Search by words
Display results



Search Type

There are two search modes available: Simple and Advanced.

The Simple search allows you to search using one sub-program at a time, one discipline at a time, etc..

The Advanced search allows you to search using more than one sub-program, more than one discipline, etc. at a time. To select multiple items from the drop down menu, simply hold down the « Ctrl » key and select the desired items from the list by clicking on them with the mouse.

Tips for word searches

Fiscal Year

  Searches by fiscal year (April 1 to March 31) will yield a list of awards paid during that fiscal year.

The default setting for searches is the most recent available fiscal year.

Competition Year


Searches by competition year will yield a list of those who received awards as a result of the competition(s) held during the year(s) selected. The amount indicated will be the payment made for the first year of the award.

Note: Fiscal year is the default setting.

Sub-Programs and Funding Opportunities

You can search by specific funding opportunities or by sub-program. The drop-down menu shows a list of all funding opportunities organized by sub-programs.

You can limit your search to a specific grant or fellowship sub-program or search for a number of sub-programs using the advanced search.

Note: For the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) sub-program, the search engine displays the name of the principal investigator only. As well, each NCE project is presented individually with a program number.


Note: The search engine is not case- or accent-sensitive.

To search for a name:
You must use and to separate the person's first and last name;
Or you may enter the last name only.
For example,

  • John and Brown will yield John Brown;
  • Brown will yield a list of all persons with the last name Brown.

To search for multiple names:
You must use or to separate the names of different individuals. For example, to search for John Brown and Jennifer Wilson, type:

  • (John and Brown) or (Jennifer and Wilson).

Searching using part of a name:
You do not have to spell out a name in full. You can use short or partial forms of family names. The search engine will find all names that contain the same sequence of letters. Example:

If you type adams, your search could give the following results: Adams I.; Adamson, J.; Adams-Webber, Peter.

Region, Province, Organization

You may search for information about a region, a province, a university/college or by other (organization other than a university/college). The universities/colleges are listed in the drop-down menu by region east to west and within each region, alphabetically by province. The category "Other in Canada" lists alphabetically all other recipients of payments, e.g., scholarly journals, associations, research centres, individual grant holders, etc.


SSHRC asks applicants to specify the most pertinent discipline for their research project or program of study. The drop-down menu lists the disciplines available for search.

To search by discipline code, see the printable list to choose the code(s) you require.

Area of Research

SSHRC asks applicants to specify the most pertinent area of research for their research project or program of study. The drop-down menu lists the areas of research available for search.

To search by area of research codes, see the printable list to choose the code you require.


You can search by minimum and/or maximum award amount. No spaces, commas or decimal points are required. You can specify a minimum amount only, a maximum amount only, or use both criteria to create a range.

Search by words

You can search for words in: titles of projects, keywords in projects, or titles and keywords. Select your choice, then enter the word or words that best describe the research you are trying to find.

Tips for word searches

Note: Applicants supply the titles and keywords for their projects. These appear in the database in the official language the applicant used. For best results, search using both French and English keywords.

Display results

You can search and display results by:
  • List of Projects
  • Region
  • Province
  • University and College
  • Other than University/College
  • All: University and Other
  • Sub-program
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Main discipline
  • Sub-Discipline
  • Area of Research
  • Award Amount

List of projects is the default setting.

Clicking on the title of a research project gives detailed information about that project.

Tips for Word Searches

Note: The search engine is not case-sensitive or accent-sensitive.

Use the logic operators or, and, and not to search for more than one word.

Remember: the search engine cannot think. It only finds the words and responds to the instructions that you type. Therefore be as accurate and specific as possible in your search.

For example, typing:

  • sme will give you projects with the following words: assessment, modernisme, organisme;
  • pme will give you projects with the following words: development, escarpment;
  • ice will give you projects with the following words: prejudice, choice, épicerie, practice.

How to Use the Logic Operators

1. OR

Use or to expand your results or to request a search with more than one word. Or allows you to simultaneously search for two or more words independently of each other. The search will find projects containing any of the words.

Adding or between words tells the search engine to find at least one of those words in all the project titles and keywords.

Since using or is the least restrictive type of search, such queries can yield a large number of matches.

2. AND

Use and to find two or more independent words in the same title or in the same set of project keywords.

Adding and between words tells the search engine to find all those words in the same project title or in the same series of keywords.

Because it allows you to be more specific, using the operator and increases the likelihood that your search will yield relevant results.

3. NOT

Use not to exclude some words. Not should always be preceded with and to give and not.

Using and not allows you to be more specific and eliminate unnecessary information: the search will eliminate all words typed after and not.

The following example uses truncated (partial) forms together with the and not operator:

"bio and not biograph and not symbio" will give you lists of projects with titles or keywords such as biotechnology, biodiversity, and biomedical, etc. but not biography, biographie, or symbiose.

4. Parentheses (  )

Use parentheses to group words to ensure that the engine searches for them only where they appear together.

For example, "water or pollu or (sustain and develop)" will find the search terms "water" and "pollu" wherever they occur in the data base, but will find "sustain" and "develop" only where they appear in the same place, either in the title, or in the keywords.

5. Using Truncations with the Logic Operators OR, AND, NOT, ( )

When using any logic operator or any combination of logic operators, you can improve your ability to find words in both English and French with the same search by using truncations (short or partial forms). See, for example "info and techno" in the table below.

Examples of Searches using the Logic Operators

If you type: You will get a list of projects with the following words in the project titles or keywords:
environment environment
environ environment, environnement, environmental, environmentales, environmentalism
environ or ecolog or forest environment, environnement, environmental, environmentales, environmentalism, ecology, ecological, écologique, forest, forestiers, rainforest, forestière
info and techno information and technology, technological information, or technologie de l'information
water or pollu or (sustain and develop) water, watershed, pollution, sustainable development
bio and not biograph and not symbio biotechnology, biotechnologie,, biodiversity, biodiversité, biomedical, biomédicale, but not biography, or biographie or symbiose


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