Investing in Canada’s future through research

Partnerships key to strengthening Canada’s innovation and long-term prosperity

(Victoria, B.C., May 31, 2013)—Why do some thrive in difficult circumstances when others fail? How will new roads affect Canadian cities in the future? How do social media networks influence educational models? These are just a few of the questions being answered by social science researchers across the country. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced an investment of $167 million by the Government of Canada to support social sciences and humanities researchers at postsecondary institutions across Canada. Researchers will collaborate with private, public and not-for-profit sectors on issues of importance to advance our understanding of people and society. The announcement was held at the launch of the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, taking place at the University of Victoria.

“These grants advance Canadian excellence in social sciences and humanities research by supporting the development of talent and promoting academic-industry partnerships,” said Minister Goodyear. “Our government is committed to making our country a global centre of research excellence, innovation and higher learning. We understand that investing in research strengthens the economy, creates high-quality jobs, enhances our competitiveness and improves the quality of life of Canadians.”

Of the $167 million in federal funding, $104 million from SSHRC’s Talent Program will support more than 3,700 masters, doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships and fellowships. Another $63 million is being awarded over a period of seven years to support 78 research teams across the country through SSHRC’s Partnership Grants and Partnership Development Grants. The Government of Canada’s investment has leveraged an additional $43.4 million in matching support from sources involved in these projects such as national and international researchers and industry, public and not-for-profit partners.

“Thanks to continued federal support, Canada is a world leader in social sciences and humanities research and training, which help to create and sustain strong cultures of innovation,” said Dr. Chad Gaffield, president of SSHRC. “Through SSHRC’s funding opportunities for research partnerships and talent, we are enabling stronger working relationships among academic, private, public and not-for-profit sectors, while supporting the development of our next generation of leaders to build a better future for Canada and the world.”

The announcement featured a research project led by Dr. Luciana Duranti, from The University of British Columbia, in collaboration with a team of more than 130 researchers and partners, including the University of Victoria and two of its librarians and archivists. The project (“Trust and digital records in an increasingly networked society”) will look at the role of “big data” in today’s world where we produce, store, and access records in the highly networked environment of the Internet. The goal of this project is to develop integrated local, national and international policies, regulations and standards regarding digital records entrusted to the Internet.

Duranti’s research partnership comprises universities, organizations and industry in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia and encompasses academic expertise in a range of specialties.

Also featured was the research project by Jacqueline Quinless, a doctoral student at the University of Victoria, who is examining how to develop a measurement tool for First Nations community well-being that incorporates traditional knowledge, land and resource management, sport and recreation, and language and culture.

A full list of the grant recipients is available on the Award Recipients page.

For more information on this release and other SSHRC-supported research projects, please contact:

Michèle-Jamali Paquette
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Minister of State (Science and Technology)
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