Government of Canada announces major investment in social sciences and humanities research
On August 29, 2023, as part of a major research announcement, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced just under $150 million in federal research funding has been awarded to 605 researchers working in social sciences and humanities disciplines at institutions across Canada. The funding was awarded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) 2022 Insight Grants, 2022 Partnership Grants, and 2022-23 Partnership Development Grants competitions.
Together, these core SSHRC funding opportunities support research and research partnerships at various stages and across a range of issues important to society. This latest funding will enable research on topics such as environmental policy, mental health services for Indigenous Peoples, and inclusivity in, and access to, youth sports.
More on the three funding opportunities
- Partnership Grants support large teams working in formal collaboration between postsecondary institutions and public, private or not-for-profit organizations. These grants provide funding for four to seven years to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities through mutual cooperation and sharing of intellectual leadership. Today’s investment supports 19 projects with a total of $45.7 million in funding.
- Partnership Development Grants provide support over one to three years to teams working in a formal partnership between postsecondary institutions and public, private or not-for-profit organizations. The grants are meant to develop research and related activities, 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. Today’s investment supports 76 projects over three years with a total of $14.8 million in funding.
- Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to emerging and established scholars for research initiatives of two to five years. Stable support for long-term research initiatives is central to advancing knowledge. Today’s investment supports 510 projects over five years with a total of $89.4 million in funding.
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