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Federal Budget promotes inclusive pandemic recovery through research
Budget 2021—A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience, released April 19, proposed several allocations for the federal research funding agencies. Of particular interest to the social sciences and humanities research community are: 

  • $12 million over three years to SSHRC to fund research into systemic barriers facing diverse groups;
  • $250 million over four years for a tri-agency biomedical research fund; and
  • $46.9 million over two years to increase research partnerships between colleges, CEGEPs, polytechnics and businesses through NSERC’s College and Community Innovation Program, which also supports social sciences and humanities research.

Visit www.budget.gc.ca for more information.
The latest from SSHRC and its partners

Tri-agency plan to improve equity, diversity and inclusion in the research ecosystem
The Tri-Agency Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan was publicly released by the agencies’ presidents in April. The plan outlines actions to address systemic barriers, increase fair access to research support and promote equitable participation in Canada’s research system.
The Storytellers Showcase at Congress 2021
SSHRC will announce the Top Five 2020 Storytellers finalists at the 2021 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences on May 31. The 2020 competition was postponed to this year, while the 2022 competition will launch this fall. Storyteller entrants show Canadians, in up to three minutes or 300 words, how social sciences and humanities research improves our lives, world and future.
Impact Award winner takes home Governor General’s Innovation Award
SSHRC’s 2020 Connection Impact Award winner Jackie Dawson has added another award to her collection. The Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa and her team have won a 2021 Governor General’s Innovation Award for their project Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices: Governing Marine Transportation in the Canadian Arctic.
Application deadlines, program updates, application tips and more

Upcoming deadlinesget your applications in now

Competitions close soon for:

(June 10, 2021)

(June 15, 2021)

(letter of intent deadline, July 16, 2021)

(August 1, 2021)

Funding tip of the month: Join the Imagining Canada’s Future Ideas Lab on the circular economy
SSHRC is looking for innovative scholars to be part of the new Imagining Canada’s Future Ideas Lab. The two-year pilot program will break down methodological barriers and empower participants to explore new approaches to research. The first lab is on Canada and the circular economy. Deadline for expressions of interest is July 16.
Featured stories and articles

Conveying traumatic histories through visual storytelling

There is no easy way to express or learn about history’s horrors. Charlotte Schallié, however, is using graphic novels to make traumatic subjects more approachable for students, and survivors. Her non-traditional approach is at the heart of a new series of Holocaust books and teaching tools. Combining survivors, graphic novelists, researchers and education scholars from six countries, her team collects and conveys testimony to help prevent future horrors while respecting survivors. 

Disruption, innovation, stagnation?

The best ideas can’t lower carbon emissions if no one adopts them. Christina Hoicka’s new scorecard system rates how much innovative technologies and policies actually disrupt or reinforce existing, carbon-intensive energy systems. The results can be surprising. Her Social Exergy lab assesses which innovations work with or against each other, and why people embrace or reject them as a result.

SSHRC at Congress 2021: scholarships, Storytellers and innovative research dissemination
Join SSHRC at the virtual Congress 2021 (May 27 to June 4), in partnership with the University of Alberta:

May 28, Big Thinking: Yáázǫ Kéorat’ı̨ (We see the daylight) featuring the Honourable Ethel Blondin-Andrew