Summer 2020

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New emergency support program for research staff in Canada

The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund was announced on May 15, 2020, as part of the Government of Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. Now in its second stage of funding, the temporary program will help sustain the research enterprise at Canadian universities and health research institutions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides support toward wages (Stage 1 and 2) and research maintenance and ramp-up costs (Stage 3).

Learn more about this program and how institutions can apply

The latest from SSHRC and its partners
Research call: the future of skills and work in a digital economy
As digital technologies transform our economy, employees, employers and policy-makers have new opportunities to revolutionize the ways we work. To appreciate what that means for Canadians, and better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic affects transition to the digital economy, SSHRC and the Future Skills Centre launched the Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Skills and Work in the Digital Economy. Submit your application by September 3, 2020.

New Frontiers in Research Fund awards $7 million to address COVID-19 challenges
The New Frontiers in Research Fund is supporting leading-edge, rapid-response research in the evolving battle against COVID-19. The fund has awarded $7 million in funding to 15 Canadian-led projects to help mitigate the pandemic and its effects through approaches from diagnostics and disease forecasting to policy, education and global coordination.

In case you missed it: Recipients of 2019-20 SSHRC grants
Throughout the summer, we have announced funding to more than 2,800 researchers through our 2019-20 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, suite of partnership grants, and Insight Grants. Check out the latest recipients of SSHRC funding:

In case you missed it: Recipients of 2019-20 tri-agency scholarships and fellowships
More than 4,500 scholarships and fellowships have been awarded to postdoctoral researchers and graduate students at Canadian institutions under the following tri-agency programs in 2019-20:

2020 marks 20 years of Canada Research Chairs Program support for research excellence
To mark its 20th anniversary, the Canada Research Chairs Program has rebranded with a fresh, new look. New products, such as posters, images and email signatures, are available for download in the Communication Guidelines for Chairholders.

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

Competitions close soon for:

Partnership Engage Grants (September 15, 2020)
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships (September 16, 2020)
Insight Grants (October 1, 2020)

Funding tip of the month: Check SSHRC's information page for updates related to COVID-19

SSHRC is continuing to put in place program measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes extending grants, adjusting application and reporting deadlines, and providing additional support for scholarship and fellowship recipients. Continue to check our information page regularly for updates.

Featured stories and articles
Social justice in the contemporary world of work

As the Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development, Adelle Blackett is exploring how legal institutions and international players may shape the quest for social justice in the world of work. Some of her recent research is examining the social measures put in place to protect low-wage essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as hospital orderlies, sanitation workers and grocery store staff.

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University of Saskatchewan research on Spanish flu teaches lessons about pandemics

Master's student Derek Cameron has been studying the history of infectious diseases and vaccination, recently focusing on the Spanish flu of 1918. His research shows there are important lessons to take from studying this history, as we continue to adapt and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo: University of Saskatchewan Archives and Special Collections

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Perspectives on COVID-19: Impacts on underrepresented populations

Take a deeper look at the research response to the COVID-19 pandemic through a social sciences and humanities lens. We have been curating content from the research community that explores the social inequalities created and exacerbated during the pandemic.


Have your own content to share on this important theme? Send it to us at [email protected].  


Are you conducting research related to the COVID-19 pandemic? The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences would like to share your story. Complete their short survey!

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