December  2017

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On November 15, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, minister of Science, announced more than $265 million in funding through SSHRC scholarships, fellowships and grants for over 3,300 social sciences and humanities research projects across Canada. This funding will help students and researchers build stronger partnerships with the private and not-for-profit sectors so they can improve the well-being of Canadians in cities, towns and rural areas across the country.

A look at what we do by the numbers

2016-17 SSHRC funding by research area

The latest from SSHRC and its partners
Are you a postsecondary student with a story to tell about a great SSHRC-funded project at your institution? Enter the SSHRC Storytellers contest for a chance to win $3,000 and a spot in an exclusive research communications master class at the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Regina.

SSHRC joined forces with Library and Archives Canada to create a special Canada 150 episode of the library's podcast series telling the stories of Canada's documentary heritage. This episode explores how Canadians envision themselves, and looks to both Canada's past and future. Interviewees include SSHRC's past president, Chad Gaffield, and other SSHRC-affiliated scholars.
Check out the podcast on the Library and Archives Canada website.
Changes to the Canada Research Chairs Program to increase diversity in research
On November 2, 2017, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, minister of Science, announced changes to the Canada Research Chairs Program that will lead to greater diversity among Canada's leading scientists. These changes include limiting Tier 1 Chairs to a single renewal, promoting diversity among researchers and revising the distribution of chair allocations across the federal research granting agencies.
Want to know more? Read the media release for more information.
Federal research funding agencies to enhance their co-ordination
SSHRC President Ted Hewitt will be the inaugural chair of the new Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC), which will help meet the needs of Canadian researchers. The committee will also address several recommendations of the Fundamental Science Review, including improving equity and diversity among, and reducing administrative burdens on, researchers.
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To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, we asked researchers to tell us how social sciences and humanities research has advanced Canadian society.

"Social sciences and humanities favour bold thinking. Researchers question the status quo and challenge established attitudes. My study addresses the gender gap in the STEM field and examines how art education may create access points for girls interested in science and engineering. Disrupting discipline-specific gender stereotypes leads to a more equitable learning environment and creates new opportunities for all learners."
Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

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 and Talent, Insight, Connection and Partnership awards? Deadline for nominations is March 6, 2018. 

Competitions close soon for:
Partnership Engage Grants (December 15, 2017)
Doctoral Awards (university applications) (January 9, 2018)
Connection Grants 
(February 1, 2018)  
Insight Development Grants (February 2, 2018)  
See Upcoming Deadlines, or subscribe to our RSS feed and never miss one again. 

On December 11 and 12, SSHRC will be holding webinars for applicants and research administrators. The presentations will answer questions about upcoming Insight Development Grants competition.
Find out how you can participate.
Featured stories, events and activities
Philip Abrami, professor of education in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University, has partnered with government agencies, non-governmental organizations and social enterprise groups to examine the impact and sustainability of educational technologies in developing countries.
Is winning everything, or can success be measured in other ways? University of Alberta professor Nicholas Holt has started an after-school sports and life skills program to teach youth what winning is really about. 

Happy holidays and best wishes from all of us at SSHRC for 2018---- our 40th year!
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