Investment in social sciences and humanities research will support projects on diverse topics such as education, Indigenous languages and mental health

SSHRC is pleased to announce that $75 million in total funding has been awarded to more than 1,600 researchers from over 60 universities across Canada through the 2019-20 competitions for the Partnership Grants, Partnership Development Grants and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships.

This investment includes more than $60 million for partnerships projects, which involve close to 1,000 partners from the academic, government, industry and not-for-profit sectors.The award recipients will carry out research on projects including:

  • building partnerships and capacity for community-based language programs for Indigenous language revitalization;
  • promoting access across education, skills, and employment pathways; and
  • developing the best mix of policies geared to diverse families with young children.

Funding of $14 million will support 160 postdoctoral researchers, who will explore various topics such as long-term changes in daily stress and the impact on future health and well-being; and the evaluation and development of parenting programs to identify and support underserved families.

SSHRC is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive research community, and recognizes that equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strengthens the research ecosystem and the quality, relevance and impact of research. Out of the total number of recipients, 760 (56%) self-identify as women, 48 (4%) as Indigenous, 158 (12%) as a member of a visible minority and 109 (8%) as having a disability.

Partnership Grants support large teams working in a formal collaboration between postsecondary institutions and public, private or not-for-profit organizations. These grants provide funding from four to seven years to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership.

Partnership Development Grants provide support from one to three years to teams working in a formal partnership between postsecondary institutions and public, private or not-for-profit organizations. They are intended to either develop research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars; or to design and test new partnership approaches for research and related activities that may result in best practices or models that can be adapted by others.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships support the most promising Canadian new scholars in the social sciences and humanities, and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers. They provide stipendiary support to recent PhD graduates who are undertaking original research, publishing research findings and preparing for research-intensive careers within and beyond academia.

Michelle Paradis
Communications Advisor
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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