SSHRC Impact Awards

2019 Competition

Overview
Value $50,000 or $100,000
Nomination deadline April 1, 2019 (if submitted by mail, must be postmarked by this date)
Results announced Fall 2019
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Submit the nomination online Secure submission form

Description
Gold Medal
Talent Award
Insight Award
Connection Award
Partnership Award
Nomination Process
Regulations, Policies and Related Information
Contact Information



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Description

SSHRC Impact Awards are designed to build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture in all research areas of the social sciences and humanities. The awards recognize outstanding researchers and celebrate their research achievements, research training, knowledge mobilization, and outreach activities funded partially or entirely by SSHRC.

Award funds are to be used for activities that promote and further develop the work being honoured. In recognition of the crucial role that postsecondary institutions play as knowledge mobilization of partners researchers, at least 10 per cent of each award must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements. Individual recipients and their institutions may choose to devote additional funds, including a higher percentage of the award funds, to these activities.

A multidisciplinary jury made up of distinguished individuals from academia, as well as the private, not-for-profit and public sectors, from Canada and abroad, will select award recipients according to the selection criteria associated with each of the five awards listed below.

Prior to announcing the award winners, SSHRC will disclose the names of the finalists for all awards with the exception of the Gold Medal. Nominees must, as part of the nomination package, consent to SSHRC using their name and nomination information in related promotional activities.

Eligible institutions are invited to put forward nominations for the:

  • Gold Medal ($100,000)
  • Talent Award ($50,000)
  • Insight Award ($50,000)
  • Connection Award ($50,000)
  • Partnership Award ($50,000)

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Gold Medal ($100,000)

The Gold Medal is SSHRC’s highest research honour. It is awarded to an individual whose sustained leadership, dedication and originality of thought have inspired students and colleagues alike.

The recipient’s achievements in research must have significantly advanced understanding in their respective fields of research in the social sciences and humanities. The exceptional quality and impact of the recipient’s research, and their ongoing efforts to share the results of this work, must have greatly enriched Canadian society, and contributed to social, cultural, economic and intellectual life in Canada and/or internationally.

Gold Medal funds must be used within one year for research, knowledge mobilization or other research-related activities. At least 10 per cent of the award must be used to promote the impact and outcomes of the recipient’s research achievements.

Selection Criteria

  1. Challenge—ambition and importance (25%):
    • originality and significance of the body of work within the nominee’s fields of research.
  2. Achievements—impact and outcomes (75%):
    • evidence of the sustained quality, impact and influence of the nominee’s research achievements within and/or beyond the academic community;
    • level of nominee’s engagement with, and quality of training and mentoring provided to, students, emerging scholars and participants, relative to the nominee’s career level;
    • nominee’s national and/or international stature;
    • nominee’s commitment, creativity and successes in sharing research knowledge within and/or beyond the academic community; and
    • nominee’s overall contribution to knowledge.

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Talent Award ($50,000)

The Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who, on April 1, 2019, holds a SSHRC doctoral scholarship or fellowship or postdoctoral fellowship. This includes, but is not limited to, a Canada Graduate Scholarship, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship or Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The Talent Award is given to an individual who maintains academic excellence, has a talent for research and knowledge mobilization and has demonstrated clear potential to be a future leader within and/or outside the academic sector.

The Talent Award may be taken up as a fellowship to fund the recipient’s doctoral or postdoctoral research over a one-year period, or may be used, within one year of receiving the award, as a grant to support research, knowledge mobilization or other research-related activities. At least 10 per cent of the award funds must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements.

Selection Criteria

  1. Challenge—ambition and importance (25%):
    • originality and significance of the body of work within the nominee’s fields of research.
  2. Achievements—impact and outcomes (75%):
    • originality and significance of nominee’s body of academic achievement and research, including quality of publications relative to stage of career;
    • evidence of impact of the nominee’s work within their fields of research and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community;
    • nominee’s ability and commitment to communicate research results within and/or beyond the academic community;
    • level of nominee’s engagement with, and quality of training and mentoring provided to, students, emerging scholars and participants, relative to the nominee’s career level; and
    • nominee’s demonstrated potential for leadership and societal contributions within and/or beyond the academic community.

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Insight Award ($50,000)

The Insight Award recognizes outstanding achievement arising from a single or multiple research projects funded partially or completely by SSHRC. It is given to an individual or a team of six people maximum (including the nominee) whose project or projects have significantly contributed to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world. The research outcomes must have led to demonstrable impact within the nominee’s fields of research and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.

In the case of a team project or projects, the nominee must be the principal investigator. If successful, this person will receive the award on behalf of the team.

The nomination package must include the nominee’s SSHRC CV, and those of any team members (up to five), if applicable.

Insight Award funds must be used within one year to further develop the project or projects being recognized, through research, knowledge mobilization or other research-related activities. A minimum of 10 per cent of the award funds must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements.

Selection Criteria

  1. Challenge—ambition and importance (25%):
    • originality and significance of the body of work within the nominee’s fields of research.
  2. Achievements—impact and outcomes (75%):
    • evidence of contributions within the nominee’s fields of research, including, but not limited to, scholarly literature, and other knowledge mobilization contributions, such as commissioned reports, professional practice, public discourse, public policies, products and services, experience in collaboration, etc.;
    • level of nominee’s engagement with, and quality of training and mentoring provided to, students, emerging scholars and participants, relative to the nominee’s career level; and
    • evidence of influence and impact on research and/or societal outcomes.

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Connection Award ($50,000)

The Connection Award recognizes an outstanding SSHRC-funded initiative that facilitates the flow and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community. It is given to an individual or team whose project has engaged the campus and/or wider community, and has generated intellectual, cultural, social and/or economic impacts.

In the case of a team project, the nominee must be the applicant/project director for the initiative. If successful, this person will receive the award on behalf of the team.

The nomination package must include the nominee’s SSHRC CV, and those of any team members (up to five), if applicable.

Connection Award funds must be used within one year to further develop the knowledge mobilization activity being recognized, or to support other research-related activities. At least10 per cent of the award funds must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements.

Selection Criteria

  1. Challenge—ambition and importance (25%):
    • originality and significance of the initiative within the nominee’s fields of research.
  2. Achievements—impact and outcomes (75%):
    • effectiveness of research knowledge dissemination/exchange within the nominee’s fields of research and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community;
    • evidence of contributions, including, but not limited to, scholarly literature and other knowledge mobilization contributions, such as commissioned reports, professional practice, public discourse, public policies, products and services, experience in collaboration, etc.;
    • level of nominee’s engagement with, and quality of training and mentoring provided to, students, emerging scholars and participants, relative to nominee’s career level; and
    • evidence of influence and impact on research and/or societal outcomes.

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Partnership Award ($50,000)

The Partnership Award recognizes a SSHRC‑funded formal partnership for its outstanding achievement in advancing research, research training or knowledge mobilization, or developing a new partnership approach to research and/or related activities. It is awarded to a formal partnership that, through mutual co-operation and shared intellectual leadership and resources, has demonstrated impact and influence within and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.

For the Partnership Award, the nominee must be the project director. If successful, this person will receive the award on behalf of the partnership.

The nomination package must include the nominee’s SSHRC CV, and those of any team members (up to five), if applicable.

Partnership Award funds must be used within one year to further develop the research, knowledge mobilization or research-related activities being recognized. At least 10 per cent of the award funds must be used to promote the recipient’s research achievements.

Selection Criteria

  1. Challenge—ambition and importance (25%):
    • originality and significance of the partnership within the nominee’s fields of research.
  2. Achievements—impact and outcomes (75%):
    • evidence of mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership and resources within the nominee’s fields of research and/or beyond the social sciences and humanities research community;
    • quality of partnership, including shared engagement and ownership;
    • evidence of contributions, including, but not limited to, scholarly literature, and/or other knowledge mobilization contributions, such as commissioned reports, professional practice, public discourse, public policies, products and services, experience in collaboration, etc.;
    • level of nominee’s engagement with, and quality of training and mentoring provided to, students, emerging scholars and participants, relative to the nominee’s career level; and
    • evidence of influence and impact on research and/or societal outcomes.

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Nomination Process

Eligible institutions are invited to put forward nominations for all SSHRC Impact Award categories. Each institution may submit only one nomination for each award in a given year, up to a maximum of five SSHRC Impact Award nominations. Institutions must provide the name and co-ordinates of a contact person to whom all inquiries and correspondence, including results, will be sent.

Note: A multidisciplinary jury made up of individuals from academia and the private, public and not-for-profit sectors reviews award nominations. Institutions are, therefore, encouraged to use plain language when preparing nomination packages.

Eligibility

A nominee must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada at the time of nomination;
  • be an active social sciences and humanities researcher or student;
  • hold or have held SSHRC funding pertinent to the award category;
  • be in good standing with SSHRC;
  • be affiliated with an eligible institution; and
  • maintain affiliation with an eligible institution for the duration of the Impact Award.

Nominees:

  • cannot nominate themselves;
  • can be nominated in two sequential years for the same award, following which two years must pass before they can be nominated in the same category;
  • can be nominated in only one category in any year; and
  • can be nominated in a subsequent year for a different SSHRC Impact Award.

Note: Current members of SSHRC’s governing council, previous Gold Medal winners, as well as Impact Awards jury members, are not eligible to be nominated.

To be eligible to hold an award, winning institutions must provide SSHRC with a promotion strategy (two pages maximum) outlining a proposed approach for promoting and celebrating the impact and outcomes of the award winner's research project.

Winning institutions can contact SSHRC for assistance in developing this strategy.

Nomination Package

Every nomination package must include all of the components listed below. The jury will not assess any additional material.

All documents, except for the SSHRC CVs and letters of support, must:

  • be presented in portrait orientation;
  • start on a new page; and
  • use 12-point Times New Roman or comparable font.

1. Institutional nomination letter and rationale (three pages maximum)

Note: Page limits have been changed for this section.

This section should present the nomination and describe the program of research, research activities and achievements relevant to the Impact Award for which the candidate is being nominated. It should include:

  • the name, current position and institution of the person proposing the nomination;
  • the name, position and affiliation of the nominee (and any co- applicants) and the award category for which they are being nominated;
  • a brief summary of the SSHRC-funded research that is being put forward for consideration, including relevant SSHRC file numbers (this could include one or more legacy grants, e.g., Standard Research Grants or Community-University Research Alliances );
  • a description of the SSHRC-funded research project’s achievements, significance, challenge, impact and outcomes;
  • a summary of the nominee’s overall contribution to their fields of research;
  • the level of engagement with, and the quality and scope of training and mentoring provided to, students, emerging scholars and participants, and indication of the nominee’s career level;
  • examples of success in widely sharing, and encouraging application of, resulting knowledge within and/or beyond the academic community;
  • evidence that outcomes resulted in significant and positive impacts, relative to discipline-specific norms, in Canada and/or internationally;
  • the name and co-ordinates of a contact person (typically, someone in the Research Office or Graduate Studies Office) ; and
  • the signature of the nominating institution’s president or their delegate.

2. Information supporting the nomination:

This section should provide further information supporting the nomination. Include, as appropriate, a detailed list of research contributions, outcomes and other activities mentioned in general terms in the nomination letter. When referring to SSHRC-funded initiatives, please cite all relevant SSHRC file numbers.

Supporting information should be grouped by the following categories:

  • publications
  • conference presentations
  • graduate students supported or trained
  • creative outputs
  • other research contributions
  • activities
  • outcomes

Page limits for this section are:

  • up to six pages for the Gold Medal, covering the span of the nominee’s career;
  • up to two pages (if relevant) for the Talent Award; and
  • up to three pages for the Insight, Connection and Partnership awards.

3. SSHRC CVs and consent forms:

Nomination packages must include a signed, printed copy of:

Note: The jury will not consider information additional to the SSHRC CV, such as lists of publications or teaching history. This information should be included in the section information supporting the nomination.

4. Letters of support, two pages maximum each, from three referees:

Three letters of support must be provided for the nominee. Referees must be established authorities in the fields and cannot be from the same institution as the nominee. In addition, they cannot be individuals who are or were involved in the project or projects being put forward. Referees cannot be individuals who could be perceived as being in a conflict of interest with the nomination. Letters of support with multiple signatories will not be accepted.

Note: For the Talent Award, referees may be affiliated with the nominee’s current institution.

Letters of support must:

  • be dated and signed;
  • show an official letterhead;
  • include the referee's position, affiliation, email address and telephone number;
  • include the nominee’s name and the period of time and capacity in which the referee has known the nominee; and
  • offer an overall assessment of the nominee’s accomplishments, including examples of how these achievements fulfill the evaluation criteria outlined above.

Referees must send their letters to the nominating institution and not to SSHRC. Institutions can include scanned letters of support, as well as letters with an electronic signature, in their nomination packages.

Note: SSHRC must honour nominees’ requests to see letters of support; however, referees’ identities will not be disclosed. All information provided to SSHRC is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

Nomination Submission

Incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

Please submit your nomination package using the secure submission form for the SSHRC Impact Awards

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mail nomination packages to:

Research Training Portfolio
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON  K1P 6G4

Monitoring

Award recipients will be informed of reporting requirements upon receiving their award.


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Regulations, Policies and Related Information

The original applicant or project director must assume responsibility for the award funds.

Talent Award nominees and recipients must comply with the Regulations Governing Fellowship and Scholarship Applications and with the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Research Training Award Holder’s Guide, or the Regulations Governing Grant Applications and the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide, as appropriate.

All other nominees and recipients must comply with the Regulations Governing Grant Applications and with the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.

Each SSHRC Impact Award nominee must have signed the Consent to Disclosure of Nomination Content for Promotional Purposes allowing SSHRC to use their name, photograph and any and all submitted materials to promote the awards and other SSHRC initiatives. By agreeing to be nominated, nominees also agree to participate in award activities, including media interviews, ceremonies, receptions and other related events, should they be named a finalist or winner.


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Contact Information

For more information about the SSHRC Impact Awards, please contact:

Research Training Portfolio
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON  K1P 6G4

Email: impactawards-priximpacts@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca
Tel.: 613-943-7777
Fax: 613-943-1329