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May  2018

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On April 19, SSHRC announced the Top 25 finalists for its 2018 Storytellers contest, which challenges postsecondary students to show----  in three minutes or 300 words----  how knowledge about the social sciences and humanities helps Canadians understand and improve the world around us. This year's top entries address a range of issues, including big data, climate change, Indigenous knowledge, food security, and immigration.

Find out who this year's Final Five winners are on May 28 at the 2018 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

A look at what we do by the numbers

The Storytellers over the years (continued) 

Since 2013, SSHRC's Storytellers contest has challenged postsecondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future for the better. Stay tuned for this year's Final Five.
The latest from SSHRC and its partners
SSHRC has partnered with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for the next competition of the Collaborative Health Research Projects initiative. The initiative includes a special call for applications focused on artificial intelligence, health and society. Find out more.

The Bank of Canada has announced SSHRC-funded researcher Markus Poschke from McGill University as recipient of this year's Governor's Award. Poschke's research focuses on inequality and economic growth, aiming to inform public policy and institutional structures to raise the quality of life. Find out more.

Photo: © Markus Poschke

New map lets Canadians see just how hot hometowns could get this century
The Climate Atlas of Canada integrates interactive web design with climatology and storytelling, inspiring Canadians to learn more about climate change and helping them move "from risk to resilience." On April 4, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, attended the website's launch.

The Climate Atlas is funded in part through a SSHRC Insight Grant. Find out more.

SSHRC is 40!

"Skilling-up for an AI-powered world involves more than science, technology, engineering and math. As computers behave more like humans, the social sciences and humanities will become...instrumental in the development and management of AI solutions. If AI is to reach its potential in serving humans, then every engineer will need to learn more about the liberal arts and every liberal arts major will need to learn more about engineering." 
----  Brad Smith  president and chief legal officer, Microsoft
Photo: © Microsoft
Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more
Partnership Engage Grants (June 15, 2018)
Connection Grants (August 1, 2018)
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Funding tip of the month: Webinars on applying for Connection Grants

This May, SSHRC will be holding a series of webinars for applicants and research administrators. The presentations will answer questions about upcoming Connection Grants competitions. Find out how to participate.
Featured stories, events and activities
Using freshly mined data from Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey (2016), researchers, led by York University education professor Stephen Gaetz, who is also president and CEO of Homeless Hub / the Canadian Observatory On Homelessness, have shed new light on youth homelessness. The survey captures the experiences of 1,103 homeless young people in 42 different communities in nine provinces and Nunavut, and let researchers gain previously unattainable information, expose a number of unsettling facts and provide sound policy recommendations.

The International Day of Families on May 15 aims to increase knowledge about social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. To mark the day, we'll bring you SSHRC-funded findings that show how siblings may play a role in the development of empathy. Research teams at the University of Calgary and University of Toronto were able to study growth in a child's empathy skills and how it might be directly attributable to their siblings. Find out more from the article published in The Conversation.

Photo: Unsplash/Aman Shrivastava CC-BY


Who will be the next Final Five Storytellers? 

You've seen their videos; now see them in person: 25 young researchers will compete at Congress 2018 in SSHRC's national Storytellers contest.
Join us May 28, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the University of Regina.

Check out the Congress 2018 website for more details. 
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