April 2015

eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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Ted Hewitt has been appointed the new president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), effective March 1. 


In making the announcement, Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) said:


"I welcome Dr. Hewitt's promotion as the new President of SSHRC. As a sociologist and the former Vice-President of Research at Western University, Dr. Hewitt has a deep understanding of how social science and humanities research at Canada's colleges and universities can generate innovative solutions to our economic, social, cultural and technological challenges."



A look at what we do, by the numbers
Top Six Research Areas
Funded by SSHRC*
Social Development (28%)
Arts & Culture (22%)
Governance of Society & Institutions (15%)
Economy, Employment & Markets (13%)
Education and Learning (12%)
Environmental Science & Technologies (10%)

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The latest from SSHRC and its partners

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Revisions for 2014 include details on eligible expenses for research collaborators, a new policy concerning grantees on prolonged leave, and more. Read a summary of the changes. 

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The Tri-agency Open Access Policy applies to all grants awarded on or after May 1, 2015. How might this affect you? Read the new draft policy to find out now.

Funding deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

CFREF will help competitively-selected Canadian postsecondary institutions turn key strengths into world-leading capabilities. How could your institution benefit? Visit the CFREF website to find out.

The Research Support Fund, previously called the Indirect Costs Program, helps Canadian postsecondary institutions (and their affiliated research centres) cover the administrative costs of research. Learn more at rsf-fsr.gc.ca.

Funding tip of the month
If you're unsure which university you'll be attending, don't let that stop you from applying for funding. If your application is successful, you can always update your "university of tenure" when the award is activated.

SSHRC's Resource Centre offers tools and tips to help you plan, prepare and complete your application. Learn more about the adjudication and awarding process for:
Featured stories, events and activities
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The University of Waterloo's Jim Walker is a historian specializing in Canadian human rights and race relations. His research is part of the inspiration behind author Lawrence Hill's award-winning 2007 novel, The Book of Negroes.


Simon Fraser University's Ellen Balka knows that big information technology projects often face major logistical hurdles. Her insights about the parallels between art production and IT infrastructure just might surprise you.

  Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor Memorial University, Ted Hewitt and gold medal winner Beverley Diamond

The SSHRC Impact Awards celebrate Canada's best leaders, thinkers and researchers in the social sciences and humanities. Who will win this year's Gold Medal, Talent, Insight, Connection and Partnership Awards? 

  top 25 storyteller

The SSHRC Storytellers contest is back, with a record-breaking 250 submissions. Stay tuned: we'll announce this year's Top 25 finalists on April 1. Check out our gallery of past finalists to see what everyone's talking about.

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