June  2017

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We've compiled the data and have some interesting numbers to share from SSHRC's most recent competition cycle.

In 2016-17, SSHRC received over 13,000 funding applications, and awarded more than 4,300 new grants and fellowships. Over the course of the competitions, some 700 people took part in adjudicating applications, which involved over 3,600 external assessments.

For more details, check out the latest competition stats.

Enjoy this summer reading, and see you in September!

A look at what we do by the numbers
Total members sitting on SSHRC's 94 application assessment committees: 708Percentage of assessors and committee members voluntarily contributing their time and expertise: 100
The latest from SSHRC and its partners
These five talented students are SSHRC's Final Five Storytellers for 2017. Our expert judges chose these incredible communicators from the Top 25 finalists after they presented live on stage at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences on May 29. Finalists showcased research on a range of topics, including big data, Indigenous knowledge and immigration. Find out more about the presentations.

SSHRC and the Canadian Public Relations Society jointly awarded McMaster University with the SSHRC Award of Excellence for communicating social sciences and humanities research news. The award was announced at a gala on May 30 in Kelowna, British Columbia. Learn more about the award.
Announcing the finalists of the 2017 International Policy Ideas Challenge
Global Affairs Canada and SSHRC have announced the 10 outstanding students who won this year's International Policy Ideas Challenge. Graduate students from across Canada submitted proposals covering topics such as environmental policy, international trade and technology. Check out the top 10 proposals.
Canadian and European researchers team up to pursue cutting-edge science
Canada Research Chairs, including one in the social sciences, will collaborate with European researchers as part of a new partnership with the European Commission. Anthropologist and chairholder Matthew Tocheri will work at the University of Kent to study fossil hominin hand bones, increasing our understanding of past human diversity. Read more about this partnership.

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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.

"SSHRC's support of Aboriginal research has played an important role in enhancing the understanding and valuing of Aboriginal languages, world views, traditions, knowledge systems and contributions among Canadians. Scholars and Aboriginal Elders agree that mutual understanding, appreciation and respect for one another and for cultural differences are the hallmarks of an inclusive, cohesive and accepting diverse society."

----  David Perley, SSHRC-funded researcher and SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant recipient

Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more
Do you work in health research with a focus on social sciences and humanities?

SSHRC is now funding projects in this field. To reflect this, SSHRC has updated its guidelines for eligibility of applications related to health research. Review SSHRC's subject matter eligibility guidelines for more details.

Competitions close soon for:

Connection Grants (August 1, 2017)

Coming soon: Partnership Engage Grants (September 15, 2017)

See Upcoming Deadlines, or subscribe to our RSS feed and never miss one again.

Funding tip of the month: How does SSHRC support Aboriginal research?

SSHRC has a number of tools specifically intended to support research by and with Aboriginal Peoples, including First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit Peoples. These include a statement of principles, guidelines for the merit review of Aboriginal Research, a definition of Aboriginal research and more. Visit SSHRC's Aboriginal Research web page for more information.
Featured stories, events and activities
Memorial University's Tom Gordon is a driving force behind Tradition & Transition, a SSHRC-funded partnership to preserve and reinvigorate Labrador Inuit culture and promote the use of Inuktitut. The project is providing schools with educational tools to help children learn this traditional language.
Can playing sports help strengthen a community, revive a culture or counter poverty and isolation? Researcher Alexandra Arellano and her team have learned that PLAY (Promoting Life-Skills in Aboriginal Youth) can do all that, and more. 

Stay tuned for the Impact Award finalists

Who will be the finalists of the 2017 Impact Awards, SSHRC's top honour for researchers in the social sciences and humanities? Follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our news feed and find out in August!

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