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Hundreds of social sciences and humanities projects to benefit from more than $158 million in support for research

May 28, 2018, Regina, Saskatchewan—Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Social sciences and humanities research is at the heart of understanding many of the challenges and opportunities faced by Canadians. This research informs policies and plays an important role in building a healthier, stronger and more prosperous Canada.

That is why the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced more than $158 million in funding for over 800 research projects across Canada today. These investments will fund research projects on education, immigration, youth, Indigenous arts leadership and climate change. The projects will give us a greater understanding of the world around us and provide the government with evidence to make sound policy decisions about what Canadians care most about: their families and communities, health and environment, and jobs.

The funding is being awarded through grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), one of the three federal granting councils responsible for supporting the researchers and scholars who are strengthening science and evidence-based decision-making, while nurturing a culture of curiosity in Canada.

The minister made the announcement at the University of Regina, where she is attending the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada’s largest gathering of scholars. During the event, the minister highlighted the largest investment in fundamental research in Canadian history through Budget 2018, and spoke of the importance of social sciences and humanities research in improving the well-being of Canadians.


“Thanks to the work of the hundreds of researchers being recognized today, Canadians can gain a better understanding of the world we live in. It is my honour to support these talented researchers and help them push the boundaries of knowledge that will mean a better environment, better health, better society, and a better economy for all Canadians.”

— Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

“SSHRC-funded scholars and researchers can provide guidance on important societal changes. Through these projects, SSHRC is helping to develop talent and to connect Canadian and international researchers and partners across disciplines and sectors to support world-class research that provides critical insights on the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

— Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Quick Facts

  • SSHRC’s Insight and Partnership programs support postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Budget 2018 invested a record-setting nearly $4 billion in support for science, including investments for social sciences and humanities research.
  • The SSHRC and Genome Canada Joint Initiative on Societal Implications of Genomics Research supports social sciences and humanities research and related activities that will enrich the understanding of the societal implications of genomics research.
  • Of the $4 billion, Budget 2018 invested more than $1.7 billion over five years to support researchers through Canada's granting councils and research institutes.

Associated links

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Ann Marie Paquet
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Science

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Julia Gualtieri
Media Relations Advisor
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council