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Imagining Canada’s Future Ideas Lab: Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century

Stage 1: Call for participants for hybrid workshop

August 2023 Competition

Stage 1: Hybrid workshop
Value See details below
Number of positions Up to 35 participants
Workshop dates August 10 to 31, 2023
Application deadline May 25, 2023 (8 p.m. eastern)
Results announced July 14, 2023
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Stage 2: Funding opportunity
Value Up to $250,000
Number of awards Up to five
Duration Two years
Application deadline November 22, 2023 (8 p.m. eastern)
Results announced March 2024
Apply The call for Stage 2 will be released in September 2023. Only participants in the workshop will be invited to apply.

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Context

The Imagining Canada’s Future (ICF) Ideas Lab is a pilot funding opportunity designed to encourage innovative research partnerships and projects. Ideas Labs help to break down methodological barriers and empower participants to explore new approaches to research. Because Ideas Labs create new research collaborations that transcend institutional and disciplinary silos to encourage different ways of thinking, they are well suited to addressing complex and global challenges. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Genome Canada have joined SSHRC as funding partners to explore the future challenge of Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century.

There are three components to the ICF Ideas Lab framework: Stage 1, the workshop; Stage 2, the application for the funding opportunity; and Stage 3, the project development phase.

SSHRC is welcoming applications from researchers to be part of Stage 1 of this Ideas Lab, the interactive workshop. Up to 35 researchers will participate in facilitated activities before organizing themselves into multidisciplinary teams to develop and pitch innovative project ideas. The workshop will take place over a three-week period, through in-person and virtual sessions, in August 2023. Participants will be required to take part in all sessions.

The final research proposals to be submitted at Stage 2 can include additional individuals to complement the research teams formed at the workshop.

Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century is one of 16 global challenges identified through SSHRC’s ICF initiative. It is also a priority for PHAC and Genome Canada, which seek to gain social sciences and humanities insights in this priority thematic area. The insights can range from socio-economic factors to the role of genomics in health promotion. Outcomes of these Ideas Lab grants will help inform policy and decision-making across the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors to support a healthy, equitable and just Canadian society.

Stage 1 of the ICF Ideas Lab will bring together researchers from across Canada. By the end of the workshop, participants will have developed preliminary proposals for groundbreaking research. This research will have the potential to inform policies and practices addressing the needs of diverse sectors throughout Canada, which may also have wider global benefits. Proposals presented through pitches at the workshop will benefit from feedback provided by peer mentors based on evaluation criteria outlined in this call. All teams and project ideas formed and pitched during Stage 1 of the funding opportunity will be invited to Stage 2 to apply for funding to further develop projects in Stage 3 of the ICF Ideas Lab.

Theme: Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the world was experiencing rapid changes in the health and wellness sector. Growing demands from an aging population, important technological drivers and climate change are among key forces that were, and still are, requiring transformation. The advent of COVID-19 highlighted the pressures on the global health and wellness environments.

Across national, provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous jurisdictions, citizens have felt the impacts of a health system in crisis. Further, the impacts of colonialism, racism and other forms of structural discrimination continue to shape our perspectives on health and wellness. Some of the most pressing challenges include, for example, shortages of health care professionals, long waiting lists, an opioid crisis, rising mental health afflictions, maternal death increases, barriers to health data sharing across provinces, and inequitable access to community-based or hospital-based health care services.

Several factors will need to be considered when exploring health and wellness systems in the 21st century. For example, an aging population, the global pandemic, climate change and voices from historically marginalized communities have drawn attention to the need for the health care system and its practices across urban, rural and remote communities to be more equitable, efficient and sustainable. Canada’s commitment to reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples requires new approaches to supporting the health and well-being of Indigenous Peoples that are respectful of principles of Indigenous self-determination and knowledge systems and that provide equitable access. Biomedicine, DNA sequencing, regenerative medicine, gene therapy and other sophisticated tools and therapies are increasingly being personalized and will continue to be integrated into global health and wellness systems. These changes have the potential to positively transform the health of the population, from both a public health and a citizen-centred perspective. A vision for equitable, accessible and sustainable health-care and wellness systems will guide future policy, practices, research and innovation in these sectors for Canada.

Simultaneously, climate change and other environmental factors will continue to influence our health system in complex and nuanced ways throughout the 21st century. Innovative solutions are required to support communities across Canada in mitigating or adapting to challenges, and to promote resilient and sustainable systems. A better understanding of the interplay of biodiversity that includes the interactions of flora, fauna, living animals and humans, and health systems will help inform how natural and human-made systems can better work together for the benefit of all. Internationally, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations support such a One Health approach. In transforming health and wellness for Canada and abroad, research may provide a better understanding of how risks can be mitigated, where opportunities lie internationally to provide better care, and where interdisciplinary collaboration might exist with the goal of limiting the impacts of external factors, such as climate change. To reimagine health and wellness from an interconnected perspective, it is important to study and understand such issues as governance, national or international regulatory systems, the application of new technologies, and international, national or institutional cooperation. Within the Canadian context, the design of new Canadian health and wellness systems can be informed through collaboration, cooperation and understanding of commonalities between the various levels of government and their priorities for health and wellness. Governance has to take into account cost responsibility, personal freedoms, the sharing of health data and so much more on the road to a better future for health and wellness for Canadians and the world.

ICF Ideas Lab workshop participants will be asked to participate in the workshop with an open mind and a willingness to think innovatively. Their expertise will be solicited to consider the diversity of issues and considerations of global health and wellness systems, within the Canadian context and from an interdisciplinary perspective. They may address questions such as:

  • When adopting a whole of society approach, how can actors within the health system and other sectors work together to foster and leverage interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral synergies to build a more connected, preventive, sustainable, and circular health and wellness system?
  • What are the current and anticipated socio-economic, behavioural, cultural, structural, economic, or environmental barriers and enablers to a more equitable and just health and wellness system?
  • How do we combat mis- and dis-information, and build trust in public health and health-care information and systems, especially with the use of new technologies and the willingness to own or share health and genomics data?
  • How can First Nations, Inuit and Métis knowledge systems be better integrated into the development and distribution of health-care services, and how can Indigenous communities be engaged in developing policies and practices to ensure they are better served through these services and systems?
  • How can the public health sector work with other sectors to build on strengths and knowledge to be better prepared to respond to what the World Health Organization calls the greatest threat of our time, climate change?
  • How can the risks, challenges and opportunities of a global system be better governed?
  • How can new and transformative discoveries and innovations, such as gene therapy, be more rapidly adopted and implemented across Canada in an equitable, sustainable, integrated and coordinated way?
  • In the face of innovative and rapidly changing technologies, how can these be leveraged to strengthen the health system, such as by improving patient care, enhancing population health surveillance efforts in Canada and beyond, and bolstering global health care supply chain resilience?
  • What innovative measures can be introduced to mitigate climate change impact on health-care systems, by leveraging a One Health approach, to help support communities?
  • How can the intersections among the humanities, the social sciences, creative arts, work with genomics, health and clinical practices be used to improve health outcomes for all people?

The innovative, interdisciplinary research projects developed at the ICF Ideas Lab will contribute to a better understanding of the theme of Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century within the Canadian context and internationally, thereby supporting a stronger, healthier and more equitable society for Canada.

Description

What is an Ideas Lab?

An Ideas Lab is an innovative way to stimulate and support interdisciplinary projects that present creative solutions to pressing global challenges. There are three components to the ICF Ideas Lab framework: the workshop, the application for the funding opportunity and the project development phase.

Stage 1: Hybrid workshop

The workshop is central to the Ideas Lab design. The workshop brings together researchers from different disciplines and institutions and encourages them to step outside of their comfort zone to think about the selected challenge in new and creative ways. Participants must be present for all ICF Ideas Lab workshop activities and must be prepared to fully engage with others during the intensive workshop phase.

Under the guidance of a facilitator and a small number of peer mentors, workshop participants will explore the theme of Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century. During the initial Interact and Clarify stages of the workshop, participants will consider how different disciplines and sectors might frame the challenge. The entire group will then develop a common language and terminology to move beyond disciplinary boundaries, and to encourage innovation and discovery.

During the Create, Develop and Implement stages in the second half of the workshop, participants will break into smaller teams to develop project ideas. Initially, participants will be able to contribute to many different groups, but they will be required to commit to one project idea and a team before the end of the workshop. Throughout the creation process, they will be supported by the peer mentors. These experts in relevant fields will provide feedback on ideas and push the teams to propose innovative and groundbreaking research. On the last day of the workshop, teams will pitch their project ideas to the peer mentors, who will provide feedback and guidance to the teams before Stage 2 of the funding opportunity.

The agencies recognize that the terms “multidisciplinary,” “transdisciplinary” and “interdisciplinary” have different connotations, and their usage across and between research disciplines can vary. For the purpose of the pilot, “interdisciplinary” is used as an umbrella term to refer to all three concepts inclusively. To meet the minimum requirement to be considered interdisciplinary, a proposed research project must combine elements from at least two different disciplines (as defined by a group-level classification (Excel) based on the Canadian Research and Development Classification).

Stage 2: Funding opportunity

All teams will be invited to Stage 2 of the ICF Ideas Lab to submit fully developed funding applications. Funding is intended to support the teams as they further advance their projects and establish multisectoral partnerships.

Teams will have up to 11 weeks to complete and submit their proposals for Stage 2. A merit review committee consisting of a small number of external experts will evaluate and identify meritorious applications. Up to five grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded. Participation in the Ideas Lab workshop is no guarantee of funding.

Stage 3: Development of partnerships and project advancement

Teams that receive grants will have two years to further develop their partnerships and advance their research projects. During this time, it is expected that teams will formalize their partnerships and undertake preliminary research. At the end of the two years, the teams will be expected to seek out full project funding from research agencies to implement the fully developed research project.

Award holders will be required to attend a working forum toward the end of the grant period, where they will have opportunities to discuss their projects in more detail with the peer mentors, as well as with knowledge users from different sectors. At the forum, teams will also be provided with information about possible sources of full project funding.

Summary of requirements

Stage 1: Hybrid workshop

Successful applicants to this workshop will be expected to:

  • actively participate in all workshop activities;
  • contribute to the formation of interdisciplinary teams at the workshop, which will develop project ideas addressing the theme of Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century; and
  • present, as part of a team, a project idea to the peer mentors on the last day of the workshop, outlining how the team and project idea meet the interdisciplinary, innovative and societal relevance criteria of this funding opportunity.

The workshop activities are planned as follows:

Date Main activity or focus Format
August 10, 2023 Orientation session Virtual
August 14-16, 2023 Stage 1 workshop In-person (Ottawa)
August 28, 29 and 31, 2023 Pitches Virtual

Stage 2: Funding opportunity

There is no limit on the number of teams to be formed at the workshop.
At the end of the workshop, the peer mentors will provide feedback and guidance on the project ideas presented on the final day. All teams will be invited to apply for funding to support the development of their partnerships and the advancement of their project ideas.

Each team will be expected to:

  • formalize their partnerships through agreements, governance frameworks and/or strategic plans;
  • establish connections with stakeholders in relevant sectors;
  • advance their project by undertaking preliminary research;
  • participate in a working forum (hybrid) organized by SSHRC; and
  • seek out full project funding from SSHRC and other research agencies at the end of the two-year grant.

Who should participate

For more details about eligibility requirements, see the Eligibility section below. The ideal workshop participants will be dynamic thinkers who are interested in developing innovative solutions to global challenges in collaboration with other disciplines. They must be willing to experiment with new and imaginative ways of approaching research questions, to participate in creative group activities and to move beyond their comfort zones. They should be interested in the theme Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century, although participants are not expected nor encouraged to develop project ideas in advance of the workshop.

The dynamic workshop environment that is responsible for the success of Ideas Labs is created by bringing together researchers representing different research areas and breaking down disciplinary silos. Project ideas will be developed in an intensely collaborative workshop environment. The ideal workshop participants must be able to work with others when under pressure and should be capable of adapting their specialist knowledge to meet the needs of an interdisciplinary team.

Workshop materials will be available in both English and French, and presentations from the workshop organizers will be made in both official languages. Workshop participants will be free to participate in the official language of their choice.

Value and duration

Stage 1: Hybrid workshop

No research funding will be provided during Stage 1 of the ICF Ideas Lab. SSHRC will cover the costs of travel and accommodation to Ottawa for attendance at the in-person workshop meeting in August 2023.

Stage 2: Funding opportunity

Each team that presents a project idea at the end of the workshop will be invited to apply for funding.

ICF Ideas Lab grants are valued at up to $125,000 per year over two years, up to a total of $250,000. Up to five grants could be awarded. Applicants will need to include the costs of travel and accommodation to Ottawa to attend the working forum, scheduled tentatively for fall 2025, to present research findings.

Eligibility

The ICF Ideas Lab is open to researchers from the social sciences and humanities as well as other disciplines.

Stage 1: Hybrid workshop

The following are eligible to apply to participate in the ICF Ideas Lab workshop:

  • researchers from the social sciences, humanities and other disciplines who are affiliated with an eligible Canadian institution (see the list of SSHRC eligible institutions);
  • postdoctoral fellows at Canadian institutions (To be eligible for Stage 2, however, they must formally establish an affiliation with an eligible Canadian institution at the time of application, that is, November 2023, and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.);
  • researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian institution that holds institutional eligibility, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution; and
  • individuals affiliated with Indigenous not-for-profit organizations being assessed for or holding institutional eligibility to administer multiple grants over a five-year period.

Stage 2: Funding opportunity

During the workshop, each team will appoint a principal investigator who will provide overall leadership of the team and who will act as the applicant during the funding opportunity application process. Other team members will contribute to the funding opportunity application as co-applicants and/or collaborators. Additional co-applicants and collaborators from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors can be added to the team at this time.

The principal investigator / applicant for each team must be a researcher from a social sciences or humanities discipline. To be eligible for funding, the proposed project idea must have a strong social sciences or humanities focus (e.g., a project examining health or genomic interventions and their impact on society, economies or ecosystems would be deemed eligible).

Applicants

Applicants must be researchers from a social sciences or humanities discipline, and affiliated with a Canadian institution that holds institutional eligibility. Researchers who maintain an affiliation with a Canadian postsecondary institution, but whose primary affiliation is with a non-Canadian postsecondary institution, are not eligible for applicant status.

Applicants who have received a SSHRC grant of any type but have failed to submit an end of grant report by the deadline specified in their notice of award are not eligible to apply for another SSHRC grant until they have submitted the report.

Postdoctoral fellows at Canadian institutions are eligible to be applicants for Stage 2 if they have formally established an affiliation with an eligible institution at the time of application (November 2023) and maintain such an affiliation for the duration of the grant period.

Institutions

Grant funds can be administered only by an eligible Canadian institution. Institutions proposing to administer a grant awarded under this funding opportunity must hold or obtain institutional eligibility.

Indigenous not-for-profit organizations being assessed for or holding institutional eligibility to administer multiple grants over a five-year period are eligible to apply. Institutional eligibility must be obtained before funding is released.

Institutions must contact institutional.eligibility@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca to begin the institutional eligibility application process or if they have questions about institutional eligibility.

Co-applicants

Individuals (including postdoctoral fellows) are eligible to be co-applicants if they are formally affiliated with any of the following:

  • Canadian eligible postsecondary institutions; not-for-profit organizations; philanthropic foundations; think tanks; or municipal, territorial or provincial governments; or
  • international postsecondary institutions.

Collaborators

Any individual who makes a significant contribution to the project is eligible to be a collaborator. Collaborators do not need to be affiliated with an eligible Canadian postsecondary institution.

Individuals from the private sector or federal government can participate only as collaborators.

Monitoring

Grant holders will be expected to report on the use of grant funds, on funded activities undertaken during the grant period and on outcomes. Successful applicants will be informed of reporting requirements upon receiving their notice of award.

Application process

Stage 1: Hybrid workshop

Applicants must complete the application in accordance with the accompanying instructions. Applications must be submitted electronically by an authorized research grants officer, or equivalent, from the applicant’s institution, or by a representative of the not-for-profit organization who has financial signing authority and is not participating in the project.

Applicants needing help while preparing their application should communicate with SSHRC well in advance of the application deadline.

Applications must include the following:

  • a completed applicant eligibility profile;
  • a letter of interest no longer than 2,000 words that explains how the applicant’s research interests, academic and professional experience, and past collaborations and knowledge mobilization activities will allow the applicant to contribute to this Ideas Lab; and
  • a curriculum vitae (CV) no longer than seven pages. The CV should highlight experiences and outputs that demonstrate innovation, interdisciplinarity, ability to collaborate and/or an interest in the workshop theme. Applicants are encouraged to review the evaluation criteria and scoring for applying to participate in the workshop when preparing their CVs.

All application materials must be received by 8:00 p.m. eastern on May 25, 2023.

Stage 2: Funding opportunity

All teams established in the hybrid workshop will be invited to apply for funding and will be provided with access to an application form and detailed instructions in September 2023. As part of the application process, teams will be required to submit more detailed project proposals, including project budgets. The deadline for submission of funding applications will be 8:00 p.m. eastern on November 22, 2023.

Merit review

Stage 1A: Hybrid workshop

Researchers will apply to the workshop as individuals and will be selected based on an evaluation of their personal and professional attributes as presented in their application. No project proposal is required.

Applications will be evaluated by a merit review committee in accordance with the SSHRC Manual for Merit Review Committee Members.

The maximum capacity for this workshop is 35 participants. The merit review committee will identify a pool of meritorious applications using the criteria below. Should the pool include more than 35 applications, the final selection of participants will be made through an administrative review to ensure that diverse disciplines, regions and institutions, as well as individuals from designated groups, are represented at the workshop.

Applicants are encouraged to complete the secondary self-identification statement if they identify as belonging to one or more designated groups.

Evaluation criteria and scoring

The following criteria and scoring scheme will be used to evaluate applications.

  1. Research and interdisciplinarity (20%):
    • relevance of research expertise for workshop theme; and
    • evidence of interdisciplinary research and/or other multi- or interdisciplinary activities.
  2. Collaborations and partnerships (20%):
    • experience working as part of a research team, and/or experience with co-design, co-creation and co-production of research and research-related activities; and
    • experience with partnerships and collaborations in other professional activities involving academic and/or cross-sectoral stakeholders.
  3. Knowledge mobilization and communication (20%):
    • demonstrated experience communicating with non-specialists; and
    • evidence of knowledge mobilization activities (e.g., films, performances, commissioned reports, knowledge syntheses, experience in collaboration / other interactions with stakeholders, contributions to public debate and the media).
  4. Innovation and creativity (20%):
    • evidence of highly original and forward-thinking research; and
    • demonstration of creativity in research and other academic activities.
  5. Overall potential to contribute to workshop (20%):
    • demonstrated interest in the theme of Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century;
    • demonstrated interest in the co-creation process of innovative and interdisciplinary research;
    • explanation as to how the ICF Ideas Lab workshop will contribute to research goals and benefit professional development; and
    • overall ability to contribute to the workshop’s stated objectives.

The merit review committee will assign a score for each of the five criteria above, based on the following scoring table. The appropriate weighting is then applied to arrive at a final score.

Score Descriptor
5-6 Very good to excellent
4-4.9 Good to very good
3-3.9 Satisfactory to good
Below 3 Unsatisfactory

Communication of results

SSHRC will inform all applicants in writing of the outcome of their applications by July 14, 2023.

Stage 1B: Workshop pitches

On the last day of the workshop, teams will present their project ideas to the peer mentors by completing a short written project proposal form and giving a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q-and-A session. Teams will be required to demonstrate how their project ideas meet the ICF Ideas Lab objectives of fostering innovative, interdisciplinary research with a strong social sciences or humanities focus that addresses the theme of Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century and that has the potential to contribute to society by informing policies, programs or practices. Teams will identify their principal investigator at this time (who must be a social sciences or humanities researcher) and will provide the committee with short biographies of all team members.

Evaluation criteria for the workshop pitches

Project ideas and teams will be assessed by the peer mentors using the evaluation criteria below. Participants will be provided with further details about the evaluation process and criteria at the start of the workshop to assist with the development of their project pitches. Peer mentors will provide feedback to the teams.

  1. Innovation

    Does the proposed project meet the funding opportunity’s stated objective of fostering innovative research?

    • Does the team take a creative, innovative approach that addresses the challenge?
    • Does the proposed project distinguish itself from existing research?
  2. Interdisciplinarity

    Does the proposed project meet the funding opportunity’s stated objective of fostering interdisciplinary research with a strong social sciences and humanities focus?

    • Does the team bring together researchers from different disciplines who generally do not work together?
    • Does the project incorporate methodologies and concepts from different disciplines, from within the social sciences and humanities and, if appropriate, from other research domains?
  3. Societal relevance

    Does the proposed project meet the funding opportunity’s stated objectives of fostering societally relevant research that addresses the challenge of Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century in particular?

    • Does the proposed project present opportunities for co-creation and cross-sectoral collaborations?
    • Does the proposed project have the potential to influence and impact policy and practices in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors?
    • Does the team take into account intersecting identities (ethnicity, gender, age, ability, etc.) when detailing the project’s potential societal impact?
  4. Feasibility

    How feasible is the proposed project?

    • How appropriate are the methods and theoretical approaches?
    • Does the project have clearly defined objectives?
    • Has the team identified some preliminary risks and proposed appropriate mitigation strategies?
  5. Capability

    Does the team have the knowledge and capacity to successfully develop the project idea?

    • Does the team have the qualifications required to carry out the proposed project?
    • How successfully have all members of the team been incorporated into the project proposal? How complementary are their perspectives, skills and knowledge?

Communication of results

By early September, all teams will be invited to submit formal applications for funding to further develop their partnerships and advance their project ideas. At this stage, teams will be required to provide more detailed project proposals, including a project budget and implementation plan.

Stage 2: Application for funding

Evaluation criteria and scoring

Applications for funding will be reviewed by a merit review committee consisting of a small number of subject matter experts who did not participate in the workshop. The funding applications will be assessed by the merit review committee using the criteria below:

  1. Challenge—The aim and importance of the endeavour (50%):
    • expected contribution to the funding opportunity’s stated objectives of innovative, interdisciplinary research on a theme that addresses the challenge of Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century and that has societal relevance;
    • potential influence and impact in informing policy and practice in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors;
    • quality of training and mentoring to be provided to students, emerging scholars and other highly qualified personnel, and opportunities for them to contribute; and
    • identification of progress indicators.
  2. Feasibility—The plan to achieve excellence (25%):
    • appropriateness of the methods and theoretical approach;
    • probability that the objectives will be met within the timeline proposed;
    • appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of proposed costs; and
    • quality and appropriateness of plans to exchange and engage with stakeholders within and/or beyond the research community, where applicable.
  3. Capability—The expertise to succeed (25%):
    • qualifications of the team to carry out the proposed project (such as expertise in the content area, interdisciplinary research and policy development);
    • quality, quantity and significance of past experience and published and/or creative outputs of the project director and any co-applicants, relative to their role in the partnership, and to the stage of their career; and
    • evidence of experience in collaboration / other interactions with stakeholders, contributions to public debate and the media, and impacts on policy and practice.

Merit review committee members will assign a score for each of the three criteria above, based on the following scoring table. The appropriate weighting is then applied to arrive at a final score.

Score Descriptor
5-6 Very good to excellent
4-4.9 Good to very good
3-3.9 Satisfactory to good
Below 3 Unsatisfactory

Communication of results

SSHRC will inform all applicants in writing of the outcome of their applications by March 2024.

Regulations, policies and related information

SSHRC reserves the right to determine the eligibility of applications, based on the information included. SSHRC also reserves the right to interpret the regulations and policies governing its funding opportunities.

All applicants and grant holders must comply with the policies, regulations and guidelines governing grant applications and with the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration.

Grant holders must also comply with the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications (see the Open Access overview for more information) and the Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy, which, as of April 1, 2021, has replaced SSHRC’s Research Data Archiving policy for all active grants.

Guidelines and related support material

All applicants for SSHRC funding should consult the following guidelines while preparing their applications:

Privacy notice

SSHRC is responsible for complying with the Privacy Act, and all information collected by SSHRC is subject to, and governed in accordance with, this Act. SSHRC is committed to the protection of the personal information under its control. The personal information applicants provide is collected by the agency under the authority of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Act, and stored in the SSHRC personal information bank PPU 055, as described in Info Source. The information is used in accordance with the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

Only the information needed to deliver, administer and promote the ICF Ideas Lab competition and awards is collected. This can include sharing application information with other agencies and departments of the Government of Canada, as well as with other organizations, that are specifically interested in supporting the research and related activities generated through Ideas Lab awards and with which SSHRC has established agreements. SSHRC will contact applicants to obtain their consent prior to any use or disclosure of personal information in a manner not outlined above or on Info Source. For more specific information about the organizations/institutions involved in this Ideas Lab competition, contact SSHRC program staff.

Further details on the use and disclosure of the information collected by SSHRC are available under Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information.

In addition to protecting applicants’ personal information, the Privacy Act gives applicants the right to request access to and correction of their personal information. For more information about these rights, or about SSHRC’s privacy practices, contact the SSHRC Access to Information and Privacy manager at 613-947-8639 or ATIP-AIPRP@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca. Applicants also have the right to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada if they think their personal information has been handled improperly.

Contact information

For more information, contact:

Email: KSG-SSC@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

Tel.: 1-855-275-2861

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