ESRC and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in Canada have launched this dedicated Knowledge Synthesis Grants (KSG) competition to assess the state of research knowledge on Canada-UK trade relationships in a post-Brexit context.

Canada and the UK share a sovereign and have among the oldest continuous traditions of parliamentary democracy. The two countries have also prospered from a productive commercial relationship. Their two-way merchandise trade totaled more than C$25.3 billion in 2016, making the UK Canada’s fifth-largest merchandise trade partner. Canada and the UK also have strong partnerships in science, technology and innovation, and there are many links between Canadian and UK researchers, universities, funding agencies, commercialization groups and companies.

On 23 June 2016, the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union. The UK's resulting plans to withdraw from the EU by 2019 have increased interest in gaining a better understanding of post-Brexit bilateral trade relations, including the potential offered by possible new bilateral trade, such as through seamless transition of agreements between the UK and its major trading partners, including Canada. Social sciences and humanities research has an important role to play in this.

This dedicated KSG competition aims to foster international collaboration and support the synthesis of existing knowledge capable of identifying research strengths and gaps and contribute evidence for policy.

Synthesising research knowledge on the diverse issues related to international trade between Canada and the UK will deepen understanding of how future trading relationships could maximise the benefits to both countries, and will help define potential areas in which both countries could play a vital leadership role.

How to apply

For full call details, visit the SSHRC website.

The closing date for applications is 20.00 (EST) on 28 March 2018 / 01.00 (UK time) on 29 March 2018.