June 2016

eNewsletter of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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The 2015-16 competition results are in! We've pored over the numbers, prepped the charts and are ready to share with you the highlights. Look beyond the numbers and you'll find some facts and stats that might surprise you.

  • 13,300: total number of applications
  • 4,100: total number of new awards
  • 34: Average percentage of grant funding used by researchers to pay student salaries.
  • 3: Average percentage spent on equipment.
  • 30: Percentage growth, since 2005, in total student support.
  • $42.9 million: SSHRC investments, since 2008, in Official Languages research.

Want to know more? Check out the latest competition stats.

A look at what we do, by the numbers
Cross-Canada Impact
SSHRC Expenditures by Province/Territory 2015-16
map of Canada, Expenditures, NWT 0.1 M, YT 0.2 M, BC 50.9, AB 21.4 M, SK 6.2 M, MB 8.0 M, ON 146.7 M, QC 94.2 M, NL 4.2 M, PE 0.9 M, NS 11.8 M, NB 4.2 M
The latest from SSHRC and its partners
Dialogue May 2016
Due to an error on our part, many of you did not receive the May issue of Dialogue. Like traffic signs say on roads under construction at this time of year, we apologize for the inconvenience! So here it is again. Combined with our June issue, please think of this as our "double issue" for summer reading. See you in September.
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These five talented students are SSHRC's Final Five Storytellers for 2016. After presenting their research live on stage in three minutes or less at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences on May 30, these incredible communicators were chosen by our expert judges from the Top 25 finalists. Find out more about their presentations and visit our YouTube channel.
CPRS gala
Congrats to Sheridan College, Trent U and ENAP!
SSHRC and the Canadian Public Relations Society jointly presented three postsecondary institutions with the first SSHRC Award of Excellence for communicating social sciences and humanities. École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP), Trent University and Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning received their awards at a gala dinner in Toronto on May 31. Learn more.
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Building a better workplace
A series of two-year partnerships, funded under the Healthy and Productive Work Initiative and offered jointly through SSHRC and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, are now receiving support to develop, implement, evaluate and scale up evidence-based interventions to foster healthy, meaningful and productive work for all workers. See the list of partnerships.
The Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research invited public comment on its proposed changes to the 2011 Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research, and 24 sets of consultation comments are now available online.
Funding deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Genomics--- the science of decoding human health and biological systems at the genetic level--- is opening up whole new fields, including synthetic biology, agricultural biotechnology, bioremediation and biofuels. With its Societal Implications of Genomics Research joint initiative, SSHRC is helping Genome Canada explore the ethical, environmental and legal impacts. Find out more.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program funds the very best postdoctoral applicants who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-based growth. The program focuses on attracting and retaining top-tier talent, both nationally and internationally, developing their leadership potential and positioning them for success as research leaders of tomorrow. Find out more.  

How are the knowledge systems, experiences and aspirations of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples essential to building a successful shared future for all Canadians? Apply for the latest competition and tell us. These $25,000 grants support the synthesis of existing research knowledge and the identification of knowledge gaps. Find out more.


Are you receiving or have you been recently awarded SSHRC funding? As a funding recipient, you are asked to acknowledge, verbally and in writing, your SSHRC funding and its role in your research. By demonstrating the social, economic and cultural value of your work, you strengthen public understanding of--- and support for--- the social sciences and humanities.

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
  Fort McMurray
From the moment Fort McMurray was first threatened by fire, Judith Kulig's phone began ringing. An expert on issues related to wildfire events, Kulig's research has led to policy directives and the establishment of disaster recovery protocols.
Partners Irving Oil, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Acadia University offer the Beaubassin Field Station and surrounding Tantramar Marsh dyke lands as a beacon for those wishing for a healthier environment, the pursuit of knowledge and, ultimately, a better tomorrow.
SSHRC-funded research shows us who we are and where we're going

Shelley Moore

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Élodie Bouchard is exploring issues related to new reproductive technologies.video icon
Shelley Moore wants to find ways to transform inclusive education.
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Ian Wereley asks how we can effectively move away from fossil fuels.
Canada 150

To mark Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017, SSHRC is offering a unique series of Connection grants.

Celebrate this historic event with us. Find out more.
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