April 2020

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COVID-19: Impacts on SSHRC's policies and programs
We hope that you are safe and well. We understand that you may be facing many challenges during this time of disruption and uncertainty.

SSHRC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is taking action to support our grants, scholarships and awards recipients, as well as applicants, peer reviewers and employees. This includes extending the deadlines of some of our funding opportunities and reporting requirements.

A message from SSHRC's president and vice-president, Research, in response to COVID-19

We appreciate your patience as we continue to implement changes to our operations in response to this rapidly evolving situation. Read a message from SSHRC's president and vice-president, Research

The latest from SSHRC and its partners
Government of Canada invests in coronavirus research
On March 6, 2020, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $27 million to support 47 research teams from across Canada that will focus on developing, testing and implementing measures to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes the two social sciences researchers profiled below.

In addition, on March 19, 2020, the government announced another $25.8 million in funding, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to rapidly add 49 more research projects, for a total of 96.

Contributing to the global efforts to combat COVID-19

York University's Eric Kennedy and his team are conducting large-scale analyses involving interviews and surveys with Canadians on the social dimensions of the COVID-19 outbreak. This research will provide a better understanding of Canadians' risk perceptions, fears, and information sources. In turn, this information will help develop and test more effective strategies for sharing reliable information and garnering trust.


Context and culture are important elements of any public health response. That's why Myles Leslie and his team at the University of Calgary are assessing how COVID-19 preparedness and response policies are being implemented across hospitals and family health centres in Alberta. Their work will identify gaps, challenges and opportunities for improving response efforts.

Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more
Upcoming deadlines---- get your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

Impact Awards
 (Extended to May 1, 2020)    
Connection Grants (May 1, 2020)    
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