Knowledge Synthesis Grants (KSG): Shifting Dynamics of Privilege and Marginalization


Genome Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) launched this funding opportunity to map and mobilize research on shifting dynamics of privilege and marginalization. This opportunity included up to seven grants focused on genomics, a game-changing technology with the potential for far-reaching societal impact through its multiple applications.

Funding Highlights

Registration deadline: CLOSED
Project Envelope Range: $30,000
Total Funding Available: $2,100,000


Knowledge Synthesis Grants enabled researchers to produce knowledge synthesis reports and evidence briefs that support the use of evidence in decision-making and the application of best practices; and aid in developing future research agendas.

Applicants were required to address the following three objectives in their proposals:
  1. State of knowledge, strengths and gaps
    • critically assess the state of knowledge of the future challenge theme under consideration from a variety of sources, as appropriate;
    • identify knowledge strengths and gaps within the theme; and
    • identify the most promising policies and practices related to the theme
  2. Research data
    • assess the quality, accuracy and rigour (i.e., methodological approaches) of current work in the field; and
    • identify strengths and gaps in the quantitative and qualitative data available.
  3. Knowledge mobilization
    • engage cross-sectoral stakeholders (academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors) and/or First Nations, Métis and Inuit rights holders throughout the project to mobilize knowledge related to promising policies and practices; and
    • use effective knowledge mobilization methods to facilitate the sharing of research findings with cross-sectoral stakeholders and Indigenous rights holders.

Researchers could include international comparisons and case studies in their proposals, but needed to demonstrate how the research had the potential to inform policy issues in Canada.


Knowledge syntheses are comprehensive analyses of literature and other forms of knowledge on a particular question or issue. All types of knowledge synthesis approaches, tools and protocols, such as scoping reviews, systematic reviews and narrative syntheses, were encouraged under this funding opportunity. Synthesized results included qualitative, quantitative, or multimethod research.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants were not intended to support original research. Rather, they were intended to support the synthesis of existing research knowledge and the identification of knowledge gaps. This call was particularly focused on the state of research produced over the past 10 years.

For projects to have a connection to genomics, they were not required to specifically use genomics research, technologies or innovations, but instead needed to contribute to the strategic priorities and work of Genome Canada in the areas of equity and inclusivity, health, food security and climate action. Applications had to address the potential implications of findings for policy and practice to support the delivery of equitable and impactful genomics research and innovation.


Applications were submitted by an individual researcher or a team of researchers (consisting of one applicant and one or more co-applicants and/or collaborators). Applicants had to be affiliated with a Canadian institution that held institutional eligibility before funding could be released (see below). Researchers who maintained an affiliation with a Canadian institution that held institutional eligibility, but whose primary affiliation was with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution, were not eligible for applicant status.

Applicants (or project directors, where applicable) who had received a SSHRC grant of any type but failed to submit an end of grant report / achievement report by the deadline specified in their Notice of Award were not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they had submitted the report.

Postdoctoral researchers were eligible to apply if they had formally established an affiliation with an eligible institution at the time of application and maintained such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.

Funding Available and Term

  • Value – $30,000
  • Duration – 1 year

Documents & Resources

For updated information on the results of the 2023 funding competition, please visit the Social Sciences and Humanities Funding Page.

Funding Contact

Genome Alberta

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