Community Engagement

Engagement is a key priority for SSHRC.

As societies steadily increase their expectations about how the social sciences and humanities can contribute to economic, cultural, social, technological, environmental and intellectual well-being, SSHRC remains committed to engaging its stakeholder communities and demonstrating that the research it supports leads to benefits for Canadians

Through engagement, SSHRC fosters interchange with and among key audiences on university and college campuses, in communities, and across public, private and non-governmental organizations, to enhance informed decision-making on SSHRC programs, policies and directions.


Imagining Canada’s Future

The world is changing quickly. Where could Canada be in the next five, 10 and 20 years, and how can the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community contribute its knowledge, talent and expertise to both understand and shape that future? To answer these questions, SSHRC has undertaken a forward-looking future challenges project, which will aim to identify key future challenges for Canada in an evolving global context. As part of this important project, SSHRC is looking for fruitful engagement with its partners in the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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Knowledge Mobilization

Knowledge mobilization is about ensuring that all citizens benefit from publicly funded research.
See SSHRC’s definition of knowledge mobilization.

Examples include:

  • publications such as journal articles, books and reports;
  • events such as workshops and conferences;
  • teaching curricula development or improvement; and
  • knowledge transfer, synthesis, exchange and co-creation.

SSHRC’s Guidelines for Effective Knowledge Mobilization, help grant applicants and holders incorporate knowledge mobilization activities into their SSHRC-funded research, to maximize the impact of social sciences and humanities research.

Whenever possible, research results should be made available to the public through websites, databases, or institutional repositories in accordance with SSHRC’s Open Access policy.

SSHRC’s Research Data Archiving Policy states that all research data collected with the use of SSHRC funds must be preserved for use by others for two years after the completion of the project.


Links with Canadian universities

SSHRC Leaders are senior university administrators appointed by their university presidents to provide stable, ongoing channels of communication between their institutions and SSHRC.

More about SSHRC Leaders

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

SSHRC participates in the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences hosted by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Big Thinking

Held up to six times a year on Parliament Hill, the Big Thinking lecture series brings the best Canadian research and scholarly work in the social sciences and humanities directly to the attention of elected officials, policy-makers, government officials, non-governmental organizations and the media. The series is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, with support from SSHRC.