SSHRC invites all applicants to review Imagining Canada’s Future’s 16 future global challenges, and to consider addressing one or more of these areas in their research proposals. This is not an evaluation criterion for merit review and does not offer additional or dedicated research funds through funding opportunities under SSHRC’s Talent, Insight or Connection programs. SSHRC monitors research capacity in these areas, and develops and implements strategies and knowledge mobilization activities to enhance the contribution made by the social sciences and humanities across the future global challenges.
In addition, summary reports related to SSHRC’s Knowledge Synthesis Grants competitions held on the future challenge areas from 2014 to 2018 highlight some gaps in current knowledge on related topics, which applicants may wish to further explore.
SSHRC plans to hold a Knowledge Synthesis Grants competition in the next three consecutive years on the following challenge areas: