February 2016

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A better future, one data set at a time
New competition asks research teams to address energy and resource sector challenges

On January 12, SSHRC launched the Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge, in partnership with Compute Canada, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, and ThinkData Works.
Together, we're inviting researchers in the social sciences and humanities to tell us what data, practices or technologies can best address present and future challenges in Canada's energy and natural resources sector.

Five finalist teams will each win $3,000. The winning team will receive an additional $5,000. The deadline for entries is March 31, 2016.

A look at what we do, by the numbers
Processing applications


A single competition may receive 100 to nearly 3,000 applications, depending on the funding opportunity.



SSHRC handles as many as 12,500 applications every year. 



About 70 per cent of web form applications are submitted on the competition deadline date. 

The latest from SSHRC and its partners

The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was released on December 15. SSHRC President Ted Hewitt says Canada's humanities and social sciences scholars are essential players in the ongoing truth and reconciliation journey-both in dealing with hidden, and often uncomfortable, truths in our history, culture and laws, as well as in creating genuine reconciliation based on the two-way flow of knowledge and understanding.

Read his University Affairs opinion piece.
Minister Duncan

Kirsty Duncan, Canada's Minister of Science, announced on January 21 at Humber College in Toronto the winners of the first round of the Community and College Social Innovation Fund. Twenty-seven colleges and polytechnics across Canada have partnered with local organizations and businesses to improve their communities. Each will receive funding of up to $200,000 for projects addressing a range of social issues, including poverty, community safety, integration of immigrants and refugees, and local economic development.

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The Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research invites public comment on its proposed changes to the 2011 Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research. Written comments will be accepted until April 8, 2016.
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There are a few new faces on the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics. Pierre Boulos, Peter Chow-White and Joyce Helmer have joined the 12-member panel that advises the presidents of SSHRC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research on human research ethics, consistent with their joint policy, the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.
Funding deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Do you have a potential project that could leverage large-scale, digital data analysis to address a research question in the humanities and social sciences? Are you interested in collaborating with colleagues across the pond? This March, the Trans-Atlantic Platform launches its first international funding opportunity: the 2016 Digging into Data Challenge.

Competitions closing soon for:
Partnership Grant Letters of Intent (February 15) 
SSHRC Impact Awards (April 5)

Funding tip of the month: Great grant applications
IDG or IG? PG or PDG? Research-creation? The Resources: Grants section of SSHRC's website can help you navigate the grant-seeking process; plan for, prepare and complete your SSHRC grant application; and better understand the adjudication and awarding process.
Featured stories, events and activities
University of Ottawa professor Boulou Ebanda
de B'béri's Promised Land Project engages communities in recovering forgotten aspects of black history in Canada.
  photo of Harriet Tubman and family
Archaeologist and historian Karolyn Smardz Frost traces cultural contributions by the more than 30,000 fugitive slaves who fled to Canada in the mid-nineteenth century.


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