SSHRC reveals shortlists for 2014 Impact Awards

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is pleased to announce the top three finalists for 2014 Impact Awards in the Talent, Insight, Connection and Partnership award categories. The winners in each category—as well as the Gold Medal recipient—will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Ottawa on Monday, November 3, 2014.

The annual Impact Awards recognize the highest achievements from outstanding researchers, students and research partners in social sciences and humanities research, research training, knowledge mobilization and scholarship funded partially or completely by SSHRC. Chosen from among all the excellent submissions received from eligible postsecondary institutions across Canada, these finalists have brought forward the very best ideas and research about people, behaviour, human thought, and culture—helping us to understand and improve the world around us, today and into the future.

The categories and finalists are as follows:

Talent Award

The Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a current SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral scholarship or fellowship holder.

Insight Award

The Insight Award recognizes outstanding achievement arising from a research project funded partially or completely by SSHRC. It is given to an individual or team whose project has resulted in significant contribution to knowledge and understanding about people, societies and the world.

Connection Award

The Connection Award recognizes an outstanding SSHRC-funded initiative to facilitate the flow and exchange of research knowledge within and/or beyond the academic 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.

Partnership Award

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 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.

Gold Medal

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

The Gold Medal recipient will be announced November 3, 2014.