Government of Canada announces major investment in social sciences and humanities research across Canada

Social sciences and humanities research is key for addressing some of the biggest challenges of our times, providing the social, economic, policy and behavioural evidence needed to make decisions about Canada’s communities, economy, health and future prosperity.

On June 15, 2021, as part of a major research announcement, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced that approximately $200 million in federal funding has been awarded to 1,315 researchers working in social sciences and humanities disciplines at institutions across Canada. The funding was awarded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) 2020 Insight Grants, Insight Development Grants, Partnership Grants and Partnership Development Grants competitions.

Together, these core SSHRC funding opportunities support research and research partnerships at various stages and across a plethora of topics important to society. This latest funding includes support for projects to advance knowledge in Indigenous archaeology, youth perspectives on policing, precarious work in Canada, and sustainable social and economic development postpandemic.

  1. Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. Funding is provided for short-term research development projects of up to two years that are proposed by individuals or teams.
  2. Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for research initiatives of two to five years. Stable support for long-term research initiatives is central to advancing knowledge. It enables scholars to address complex issues about individuals and societies, and to further our collective understanding.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


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