The Sport Participation Research Initiative (SPRI)
The Sport Participation Research Initiative (SPRI) is a joint initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Sport Canada. The initiative is intended to support the objectives of the Canadian Sport Policy by funding eligible doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and postsecondary institution-affiliated researchers who are conducting research on enhancing participation in sport – and its outcomes – in Canada.
There are three types of SPRI funding opportunities:
- Insight Grants: Sport Canada considers Insight Grant applications referred by SSHRC merit review committees that propose programs of research relevant to its policy priorities. These applications have already been recommended for SSHRC funding, but either did not receive an Insight Grant due to budgetary constraints or the proposed research project exceeded the Insight Grant timelines or funding. Insight Grant applications reviewed by Sport Canada may be funded through the SPRI program in one of two ways:
- SPRI Research Grants (worth up to a maximum of $100,000 annually, but not totalling more than $250,000 in a three-year period) may be offered to Insight Grant applicants that did not receive SSHRC Insight Grant funding.
- SPRI Insight Grant Supplements (worth up to $20,000) may be offered to successful Insight Grant recipients, in addition to the value of their grant.
- Postdoctoral Fellowship Supplements: SPRI Postdoctoral Fellowship Supplements are held for 12 months and are worth $10,000, in addition to the annual value of the SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.
- Doctoral Award Supplements: SPRI Doctoral Award Supplements are held for 12 months and are worth $10,000, in addition to the annual value of the SSHRC Doctoral Award.
To receive and maintain eligibility for a SPRI grant or award, grant and award holders must:
- Participate in the Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI) Conference hosted by the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) and Sport Canada (held annually in October) each year during the life of your award or grant.
- Complete a progress report each year during the life of your award or grant (due annually on September 30), including the year in which your award or grant is completed.
- Prepare a short Knowledge Transfer (KT) Paper summarizing key findings of your research for sport policymakers and practitioners, due September 30 in the final year of your award or grant.
On behalf of Sport Canada, SIRC will contact active grant and award holders annually via email to facilitate progress report submissions and provide information about the SCRI Conference. Upon grant or award completion, SIRC will contact researchers with instructions KT paper submissions.
Forms and templates
- Annual Progress Report – Questions You Will Be Asked
- Annual Progress Report – Online Form
- KT Paper Template
Participation in the Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI) Conference
SPRI funding is (in part) intended to finance participation at the SCRI Conference during the life of your award or grant. It is the responsibility of the award or grant holder to budget for conference participation upon receipt of the funds.
We encourage all grant and award holders to present the findings of ongoing or completed research during the poster session at the annual SCRI Conference. Recipients of SPRI Research Grants and Insight Grant Supplements will be invited to present the findings of their completed research in a plenary session at the SCRI Conference once the grant has been completed. SIRC will contact SPRI grant and award holders annually to provide information about the SCRI conference and extend invitations to eligible plenary presenters.
The SCRI Conference is held annually in October. For more information, visit https://sirc.ca/scri/.
Timelines for progress report and KT paper submissions
Researchers with SPRI Doctoral Award and Postdoctoral Fellowship Supplements may submit their Knowledge Transfer paper at the end of their 12-month funding term OR upon completion of their Dissertation or SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Researchers with SPRI Insight Grant Supplements will be asked to complete a progress report and attend the SCRI Conference each year during the life of their Insight Grant, although the supplement may only be administered during the first year of the grant. They will be asked to submit their Knowledge Transfer paper upon completion of the Insight Grant.
Researchers with SPRI Research Grants will be asked to complete a progress report and attend the SCRI Conference each year during the life of their SPRI grant. They will be asked to submit their Knowledge Transfer paper upon completion of the SPRI grant.
- Late Spring or Early Summer
- SIRC will contact all grant and award holders with the SCRI save the date and information about progress report and KT paper submissions.
- September 30
- Progress reports and Knowledge Transfer papers (for completed research) are due to SIRC.
- Last week in October
- SIRC and Sport Canada co-host the SCRI Conference.
Role of the Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)
SIRC is contracted by Sport Canada to liaise with SPRI grant and award holders regarding the conditions of SPRI grant and award eligibility. For example, SIRC communicates with SPRI grant and award holders to provide important details and information about the SCRI Conference as well as the submission of progress reports and KT papers. SIRC is also contracted by Sport Canada to host the annual SCRI Conference.
- SCRI: Sport Canada Research Initiative (conference)
- SIRC: Sport Information Resource Centre
- SPRI: Sport Participation Research Initiative (funding program)
- SSHRC: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
If you have any questions about the conditions of your SPRI funding or the SCRI Conference, please contact Veronica Allan, SIRC’s Research and Innovation Lead, at email@example.com.