Our mandate

SSHRC is a federal research funding agency, created in 1977 under the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Act.

SSHRC is part of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio and reports to Parliament through the minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

SSHRC’s role is to:

Through grants, fellowships and scholarships, SSHRC helps Canada’s researchers do what they do best: train the next generation of talented, creative thinkers and doers; build knowledge and understanding about people, cultures and societies; and drive the innovations that address the challenges of today and tomorrow.

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