SSHRC Launches New Suite of Awards, with a Focus on Impact

(Ottawa, March 20, 2013)—The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is launching a prestigious new suite of awards to recognize outstanding achievement in postsecondary research, scholarship and knowledge mobilization by  graduate students, researchers working individually or in teams, and formal partnerships.

While maintaining the distinguished Gold Medal for achievement in research, the SSHRC Impact Awards reflect key principles of the council’s new program architecture, namely Talent, Insight, Connection and Partnerships, and reaffirm SSHRC’s support for research, talent, and collaboration, that are central to quality of life and innovation in Canada.

“Our enduring commitment is to do all that we can to ensure that our knowledge and understanding about people—in the past and present—contribute to a better future for Canada and the world,” said Chad Gaffield, president of SSHRC. “SSHRC supports the very best ideas and talented leaders in the social sciences and humanities. The SSHRC Impact Awards provide an opportunity to recognize the impacts of research and research training, and underscore how the social sciences and humanities lead to innovation and improvements in quality of life.”

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Chad Gaffield on the Impact Awards

President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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Five awards complete the suite of SSHRC Impact Awards:

  • Gold Medal ($100,000): 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 exceptional quality of their research, the impact of their work and their ongoing efforts to share the results of this work will have greatly enriched Canadian society and contributed to social, cultural, economic and intellectual life in Canada and/or internationally.
  • Talent Award ($50,000): The Talent Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a current SSHRC doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship or scholarship holder. 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 or outside the academic sector.
  • Insight Award ($50,000): 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 ($50,000): 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 ($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 partnership that, through mutual co-operation and shared intellectual leadership and resources, has demonstrated impact and influence within and beyond the social sciences and humanities research community.

Award funds are to be used for activities that promote and extend the work being honoured.

The deadline for postsecondary institutions to submit their nominations is June 10, 2013. Winners will be announced in October 2013, at the World Social Science Forum taking place in Montreal.

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