January  2018

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In 1978, the Bee Gees and Fiori Séguin were topping Canadian pop charts, the Montréal Canadiens were on a roll and the Apple II was quickly becoming a home office staple. But did you know that SSHRC also awarded its first research grants---- and among these, a doctoral fellowship to Peter Jensen, in the then-emerging field of sport psychology, which has led to more than 40 Canadian Olympic medals?

A look at what we do by the numbers

SSHRC funding: Then and now

The latest from SSHRC and its partners
On December 13, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, minister of Science, announced the first Canada 150 Research Chairs. In celebration of Canada's sesquicentennial, the Government of Canada committed to investing more than $117 million to attract top-tier, internationally based scholars and researchers, including expats, to Canada.

Make the podium yours: SSHRC Award of Excellence
Has your institution found a creative way to promote great social sciences and humanities research? If so, we want to hear from you! Find out more about the SSHRC Award of Excellence, and help a communications team get the recognition it deserves.
Check out the podcast on the Deadline for submissions is March 30, 2018.
Storytellers deadline approaching fast!
Are you a postsecondary student with a story to tell about a great SSHRC-funded project at your institution? The SSHRC Storytellers contest deadline is around the corner. Submit your entry between January 8 and 31 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 is 40!

Did you know they were SSHRC researchers? To celebrate SSHRC's 40th birthday, Dialogue is featuring quotes by public figures who received funding from SSHRC.

"If we can find ways to relay our insights as social scientists in broader, more accessible terms, we can contribute to a general understanding of humanity by breaking down stereotypes and encouraging dialogue across perceived lines of difference. For me, fiction is a powerful tool that can offer intimate insight into the lives and cultures of others without being prescriptive or didactic, with the added advantage of being able to communicate to a much wider audience.
---- Camilla Gibb, 1998 SSHRC grantee and author of Sweetness in the Belly
Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more
Deadline for nominations is March 6, 2018 (postmarked). 

Connection Grants 
(February 1, 2018)  
Insight Development Grants (February 2, 2018)  

Partnership Grants---- Stage 1 (February 15, 2018)
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Funding tip of the month: Want to know more about partnerships?

Partnerships have the potential to enhance the quality and quantity of research for mutually beneficial outcomes. Check out SSHRC's partnerships tool-kit and other resources to help you navigate a partnership toward success.
Featured stories, events and activities
The circus scene in Quebec has become a creative, entrepreneurial and cultural force, and Patrice Aubertin, the SSHRC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Circus Arts at the École nationale de cirque in Montréal is conducting innovative research to improve creative processes, scenario development and teaching practices in the circus arts.
University of Alberta student Kacey Neely jumped at the opportunity to take her research halfway around the world to Nairobi, Kenya to help create a basketball-specific life skills program for kids in the community. Neely completed her PhD under the supervision of Nicholas Holt, who was featured in the December 2017 issue of Dialogue. 

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