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Trans-Atlantic Platform Call on Democracy, Governance and Trust

Opportunity NameCall on Democracy, Governance and Trust
AgencyTrans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
ValueCanadian applicants — Up to $200,000
Québec applicants — Up to $75,000
Indirect CostsIneligible
DurationUp to 36 months 
Compulsory Intention to Submit due at agency 09-15-2023, by 11:59PM BRT
Application due to FSc RO at for full review10-23-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review10-30-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review11-02-2023, by 9:00AM
Application due at funding agencies 11-06-2023, by 11:59PM BRT
  • Catalyze and support transnational research teams from countries on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond the North/South divide to advance key insights from Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) led research and interdisciplinary and trans-Atlantic research collaborations through strengthening existing partnerships and establishing new ones.
  • Support outstanding, innovative, and interdisciplinary research proposals that contribute to the understanding of challenges and opportunities affecting democracy, governance, and trust, and/or test interventions or initiatives aimed at rebuilding democracy, governance and trust.
  • Co-develop robust and resilient work programs with communities and key stakeholders, including local, regional, and international policy makers.
  • Promote equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) through the composition of the research teams and the research environment, design, and implementation by, among others: 
    • integrating diversity-related considerations into the design of the project (e.g., use gender or other identities as factors of analysis, or involve research participants from diverse or disadvantaged groups); 
    • composing and recruiting diverse research teams; 
    • offering quality training and mentoring for young researchers from disadvantaged groups; 
    • ensuring research-related activities and decisions are conducted in inclusive ways. 

The funding opportunity focuses on the following nine cross-cutting themes: 

  • Concepts, understandings, and models of democracy, governance and trust 
  • Education 
  • Media, information and communication 
  • Economies and economic systems 
  • Identities, discrimination, marginalization and inequalities 
  • Ecosystems and environments 
  • Epistemologies, knowledge and expertise 
  • History and culture 
  • Power, authority and conflict


This call is open to only international research projects that: 

  • comprise at least three eligible Co-Principal Investigators from at least three different T-AP participating countries from both sides of the Atlantic. (Research partners will receive funding from the national funding agency for their country) 
  • nominate one of the Co-Principal Investigators as the project’s lead Principal Investigator (PI) 

How to Apply

The NOI must be submitted by the proposal’s Lead PI. For submission of the full proposal, the Lead PI and the themes selected in the NOI form must be maintained. 

Researchers applying for SSHRC funds must submit all supplementary SSHRC documents through the Convergence Portal by 9:00am on November 6, 2023 for ORS to provide institutional approval and forward documents to SSHRC for peer review. 

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at