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Canada Research Chairs Program announces new chairholders, biggest government investment in research excellence across Canada
On December 18, the Government of Canada announced 259 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs, reflecting an investment of nearly $195 million, the government’s largest single investment in the program to date. The announcement came towards the end of the Canada Research Chairs Program’s 20th anniversary year. Launched in 2000 and administered by SSHRC, the tri-agency initiative continues to foster groundbreaking research, collaboration and talent development among an increasingly diverse cadre of leading senior and emerging researchers. 
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The latest from SSHRC and its partners

Ted Hewitt reappointed as SSHRC president
President of SSHRC since 2015, Ted Hewitt has been reappointed to the role by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. Effective March 1, 2021, Hewitt’s three-year reappointment will support continuity in the important work the social sciences and humanities research community is doing.
SSHRC awards new Partnership Engage Grants, including for COVID-19-related research
The latest Partnership Engage Grants (PEG) competition is funding 37 partnered research projects. An additional 111 PEG COVID-19 Special Initiative grants went to projects exploring issues like the adaptability of health services organizations, domestic violence, and mental health for disadvantaged youth.
Canada Research Coordinating Committee welcomes new chair
Effective January 1, 2021, Alejandro Adem, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council president, became chair of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC). The CRCC advances federal research priorities and coordination within the federal research funding system. Adem replaced Michael Strong, Canadian Institutes of Health Research president, whose leadership during the research response to COVID-19 was praised among member organizations and beyond. 
Synthesizing research on digital technology’s impacts
SSHRC and the Future Skills Centre have awarded a total of $1 million in Knowledge Synthesis Grants to 36 projects exploring research on digital technologies’ implications for workers and employers around the globe.
Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlines – get your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

Partnership Engage Grants (March 15, 2021)

(full application, April 13, 2021)

Connection Grants (May 1, 2021)

Funding tip of the month: COVID-19 exceptions and deferrals extended for tri-agency training award holders
Tri-agency master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral award holders can continue to defer or request unpaid interruption for their award due to COVID-19-related reasons, as per new guidelines.
Featured stories and articles

Strengthening international justice

The International Criminal Court holds many perpetrators of serious crimes—including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes—accountable, but it can’t be the only source for such justice. Canada Research Chair in International Criminal Justice and Human Rights Fannie Lafontaine and the Université Laval’s Canadian Partnership for International Justice want to ensure individual countries can work together to investigate and prosecute crimes with international ramifications, too.
Seeking freedom: sharing the history of the Underground Railroad

Many of us know very little about Canada’s role in the Underground Railroad, says historian Irene Moore Davis. She and the University of Windsor want to change that. The documentary The North Was Our Canaan explores Black history in Sandwich Town, Ontario—a key entry point for the Underground Railroad. The film reveals the rich history and inspiring legacy of enslaved people who sought freedom in Canada, and adds to dialogue on whose histories are, and are not, memorialized.

Fresh perspectives on COVID-19
Discover the latest compelling insights, case studies and articles on COVID-19-related social sciences and humanities research through SSHRC’s Perspectives page.