Summer 2019

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Storytellers contest!
Meet Jane McArthur, Miriam Miller, Enrico Quilico, Joshua Steckley and SIQI Xiao. These talented students are this year's Final Five Storytellers.

Our expert judges chose these dynamic communicators from the Top 25 finalists after they presented live, on stage, at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, at The University of British Columbia, on June 3.

The Storytellers contest challenges postsecondary students to demonstrate-----  in three minutes or 300 words-----  how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians.

The latest from SSHRC and its partners
More than $285 million for social sciences and humanities research

The Government of Canada has announced an investment of more than $285 million to support social sciences and humanities research projects under SSHRC's Partnership, Insight and Talent programs.

Government of Canada calls upon research community to help shape New Frontiers in Research Fund

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced the next phase of the New Frontiers in Research Fund: consultations on the Transformation stream framework. Researchers and institutions are invited to provide feedback on the design until August 1, 2019. Plus, the 2019 Exploration competition has now launched and is open to all researchers!

SSHRC-funded researcher wins 2019 Molson Prize

John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria, is the winner for the social sciences and humanities. Borrows, who is Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation, helped create an Indigenous law degree offered as a joint degree with the JD degree at the University of Victoria.

Learn more

Photo: © UVic Photo Services / University of Victoria

Apply to the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative

The three Canadian federal research funding agencies and UK Research and Innovation have launched a new funding opportunity to support collaborative research on artificial intelligence (AI). In addition to promoting interdisciplinary AI, this call will support the development of responsible AI while establishing new partnerships and enhancing infrastructure and training between researchers in Canada and the UK.

Learn more about the call

Open Research Area 6th call for proposals

SSHRC has partnered with research funding agencies from France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan to launch the sixth Open Research Area call. The goal is to strengthen cooperation among the countries by funding joint projects of the some of the best international researchers. The deadline for proposals is September 11, 2019.

Find out how to apply.

Announcing the new and renewed Canada Research Chairs

On June 14, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced 346 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 52 universities across the country for a total investment of more than $275 million. The announcement featured Roberta Hamme, renewed Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Ocean Carbon Dynamics.

Read more about this announcement

Strengthening Canadian Research
The Canada Research Coordinating Committee's (CRCC) first progress report

The report highlights the CRCC's key accomplishments in 2018-19 and the progress made in the five mandated priority areas. This includes important steps in better supporting early career researchers, mobilizing Indigenous research and knowledge and broadening engagement with Indigenous communities across Canada, and strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion in academia.

Read the full report

Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more
Upcoming deadlines

Connection Grants (August 1, 2019)

New Frontiers in Research Fund-Exploration 2019 (Notice of intent to apply deadline: August 7, 2019)

Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative (Intent to submit deadline: August 19, 2019)

Open Research Area (September 11, 2019)

Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative (Full application deadline: September 12, 2019)

Partnership Engage Grants (September 15, 2019)

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships (September 18, 2019)
Funding tip of the month: Changes to paid parental leave for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers

Did you know that the tri-agency policies on paid leave have changed? The maximum duration of a paid parental leave for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by the agencies has been increased to 12 months. This change applies to holders of graduate scholarships or postdoctoral fellowships from the granting agencies, as well as to students and fellows who are paid from a supervisor's agency grant.

Find out more about this policy change

Featured stories, research profiles and events
Increasing equitable access to safe drinking water
Access to safe drinking water is something most Canadians take for granted. But for many Indigenous communities, it's a different story. That's why researcher Rosey Radmanovich has been working directly with First Nations communities to try to solve some of their most pressing water access issues.    
Securing Public Trust in AI: A Question of Policy or Social Licence?
In an op-ed published in The Globe and Mail, SSHRC President Ted Hewitt argues that the impact of artificial intelligence on society is as important as the science behind it. There is urgency now for sound research on how humans react to or adopt machine-driven environments.

Raising the bar for a more diverse and inclusive research community 

The federal research granting agencies are committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive research community and recognize that equity, diversity and inclusion strengthens the research community and the quality, relevance and impact of research.

Read a letter from the agencies' presidents.

Enjoy this summer reading, and see you in September!

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