April 2016

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Ted Hewitt_ Kirsty Duncan and Erik Snowberg
Erik Snowberg becomes the first CERC in social sciences

The Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, announced Erik Snowberg as the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data-Intensive Methods in Economics at The University of British Columbia (UBC).
Snowberg's program will use big data to help leaders make informed decisions about the future of Canada. He aims to help transform UBC into the world leader in data-driven political economy, a field that focuses on the relationship between politics and the economy.

A look at what we do, by the numbers
Investing in partnerships

  • to conduct research, mobilize knowledge and train future researchers;
  • to jointly fund research, training and knowledge mobilization projects; and
  • to convene and share the results of research-related activities.

  • 318 formal partnerships
  • 2,600 partner organizations
  • $194 million in partner contributions (cash and in-kind)

The latest from SSHRC and its partners
The Storytellers


The results are in. See how this year's Top 25 Storytellers rose to the challenge of demonstrating how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

Molly Shoichet
In recognition of the ongoing research contributions of women in the social sciences and humanities, SSHRC pays tribute to three Canada Research Chairs whose work has received major international attention in the past year alone: Molly Shoichet, Victoria Kaspi and Julie Lefebvre. 
Census 2016
The 2016 Census: Join the team!
Canada's next census will take place in May 2016 and Statistics Canada is looking to fill some 35,000 positions across the country. Staff is needed for a variety of supervisory and non-supervisory roles between March and the end of July 2016. These non-office jobs will involve working in communities across the country. Rates of pay range from $16.31 to $19.91 an hour, plus authorized expenses. Apply online.
Join us at ACFAS 2016
SSHRC will be attending the 84th Congress of the Association francophone pour le savoir at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) from May 9 to 13. The Congress features a debate on urban heritage preservation led by SSHRC Impact Award finalist, UQAM's Joanne Burgess. And SSHRC President Ted Hewitt will be at a symposium to discuss the role of social sciences and humanities in innovation.
Written comments on the proposed changes to the RCR Framework will be accepted until April 8, 2016.
Funding deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

The Trans-Atlantic Platform has launched the 2016 Digging into Data Challenge to support research projects that use "big data" to address questions in the social sciences and humanities.

SSHRC has partnered with Compute Canada to see how researchers can use data sets to help better understand the future of Canada's energy and natural resources sector. You and your team could win up to $8,000 and national promotion of your findings. 

Deadline for applications is now June 30, 2016. Assemble your team and apply today.

The anticipated decision date for nominations submitted by October 9, 2015 was changed from April to May 2016. A provision to submit a longer CV is also now available for nominees who have faced career interruptions. Nominees may have to submit an Environmental Information form if their proposed project will have an environmental impact.

Competitions closing soon for:
SSHRC Impact Awards (April 5)

Does your research bridge more than one discipline? Not sure to which of the three federal funding agencies you should apply? Check out the guidelines on subject matter eligibility to help you select the appropriate agency.
Featured stories, events and activities
Everyone recognizes that our world is rapidly changing. But we struggle to reliably predict how local communities will adapt to the many changes they face. Lakehead University's David Greenwood is working on a teaching model he aims to make responsive to the changing social and ecological aspects of community life.
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As the Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture, Catriona Sandilands is at the forefront of the movement to build environmentally sustainable cultures, and culturally sophisticated understandings of sustainability, based on the values of democracy, justice, equity, and diversity.
SSHRC-funded research shows us who we are and where we're going

Here's how we're contributing to the future challenge areas facing Canadians:

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What new ways of learning do we need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?video icon
How will global peak population affect Canada?video icon
What knowledge do we need in an interconnected, evolving landscape?
energizing communities


Join SSHRC at Congress from May 28 to June 3 at the University of Calgary for a number of events, including:
Visit the Congress 2016 website for more details 
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