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SIRC Researcher/Practitioner Match Grants

SIRC is committed to connecting researchers and sport organizations to build capacity and contribute to advancement and innovation in the Canadian sport and physical activity sector. With funding from the Government of Canada, SIRC is excited to announce a new grant initiative to translate knowledge into practice through collaborations between sport organizations and researchers. (Read the press release announcing the new project.)

How it Works

Step 1 – The Match

A sport organization, an academic supervisor, and a graduate student develop a research or evaluation project.

Step 2 – The Application

Partners complete the electronic application template and submit their proposal to SIRC (the 2019 application process is now close).

Step 3 – The Project

Partners receive funding to support project activities. Project outcomes and key learnings will be promoted by SIRC, and shared at the 2020 SCRI Conference!

2019/2020 Project Priority

The Canadian sport system is committed to enhancing the participation of girls and women in all facets of sport and physical activity in Canada. Research projects that will produce insight to inform sport organization action to enhance the participation of girls and women will be prioritized for funding in 2019. Research projects can use qualitative and/or quantitative approaches, and could include stakeholder research, communications analyses, evaluations, literature reviews to inform programming or decision-making, impact assessments, etc.

2019/2020 Projects

  • Exploring female competitive participation rates in badminton – Badminton Canada and University of Toronto
  • Factors influencing the participation of girls in Boccia in Canada – Boccia Canada and University of Montreal
  • Second generation African-Canadian adolescent girls’ participation in a community sport program in Ottawa: An intersectional analysis – Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity/City of Ottawa and University of Ottawa
  • Examining the capacity of the Canadian University Artistic Swimming League – Canada Artistic Swimming/Canadian University Artistic Swimming League and Wilfred Laurier University/McGill University
  • Uptake and impact of the “Keeping Girls in Sport” education program in Canadian youth sport coaches – Canadian Tire JumpStart Charities and University of Alberta
  • Evaluating the impact of small-area games in children’s ringette programs – Ringette Canada and York University
  • Exploring social media and teammate relationships in adolescent girls’ soccer – Soccer Canada/Dixie Soccer Club and University of Toronto
  • Understanding girls’ experiences in the Unified Sports Program – Sport Nova Scotia/Special Olympics Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University
  • Mapping gender and sport participation – Row Ontario and Brock University/Laurentian University
  • Building capacity for simultaneous sport participation for mothers and daughters: #SwimTogether – Woolwich Swim Club and University of Waterloo

Read the press release announcing the selected projects.

Future Submissions

The 2019/2020 application process is now closed. Sign up to receive the Canadian Sport Daily or follow us on social media to be kept in the loop on the 2020 application process.

SIRC Researcher in Residence

As a way of “practicing what we preach,” SIRC created the Researcher in Residence position to build connections with Canada’s sport and physical researchers, and enhance SIRC’s own capacity to put research into practice.

SIRC is pleased to welcome Dr. Ann Pegoraro  from Laurentian University as our 2019/2020 Researcher in Residence. Ann is a Full Professor in the School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health at Laurentian University. A holder of BA, MBA, and PhD degrees, she is also the Director of the Institute for Sport Marketing, a research centre at Laurentian. Ann’s research focuses primarily on marketing and communication with a focus on the digital world. Ann is also a life-long sports enthusiast, transitioning from playing to coaching and now teaching and sharing her knowledge and experience where possible.

SIRC and Ann are collaborating to build SIRC’s data division – enhancing SIRC’s social media expertise, and honing our skills to glean insights from digital data. Her familiarity with existing academic literature has helped inform SIRC’s decision-making and project design. SIRC has also leveraged Ann’s experience with quantitative research methods to inform survey-based projects with national sport community clients.

For more information about becoming SIRC’s next Researcher in Residence,  please contact us!

SIRC Evidence-Based Content

SIRC blogs and articles provide evidence-based and actionable insight from sport researchers and thought leaders to advance Canada’s sport system. Complemented by our daily knowledge nuggets, this content provides sport administrators, volunteers, coaches, officials, parents and athletes with regular sources to reflect on their personal and professional practice.


Developed by SIRC, SPORTDiscus is the leading bibliographic database for sport and physical activity-related research, featuring millions of records from journals, books, dissertations and more. SIRC subscribers have access to SPORTDiscus and the latest sport and physical activity-related research.

SCRI Conference

SIRC’s annual Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI) Conference profiles research funded through the Sport Participation Research Initiative (SPRI) – a joint initiative of Sport Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. SPRI supports the goals of the Canadian Sport Policy by funding research relating to enhancing sport participation, and the outcomes thereof, in Canada.  

Check out highlights from the 2019 conference here.

Concussion Workshops

SIRC brings together Canada’s sport system for a hands-on workshop to advance concussion in sport. Content focuses on the mobilization of research and thought leadership to advance policy and practice relating to concussion management and prevention in Canada.